The Little Book of Lunch: 100 Recipes & Ideas to Reclaim the Lunch Hour

The Little Book of Lunch: 100 Recipes & Ideas to Reclaim the Lunch Hour


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The Little Book of Lunch: 100 Recipes & Ideas to Reclaim the Lunch Hour by Caroline Craig, Sophie Missing

The beautiful, internationally acclaimed guide to turning your midday meal into a masterpiece—featuring 100 easy, inexpensive, delicious recipes designed to be made ahead of time with just a few ingredients.

There’s something depressing about “running out” to “grab lunch.” Sandwiches, soups, salads, sushi: the choices are overwhelming. But when’s the last time you really enjoyed eating lunch while hunched over your keyboard?

That’s why Caroline Craig and Sophie Missing have reclaimed the noon hour for all those who love a tasty bite. Dining “al desko” doesn’t have to mean another weary forkful of a sad salad. Instead, lunch can be one of life’s great simple pleasures—especially when it’s made at home in just a few minutes, from ingredients you have on hand.

Craig and Missing know firsthand the challenges of busy schedules, tiny salaries, and no spare time. They share their hard-won wisdom in 100 recipes littered with time-saving techniques and tips to make each meal special—plus weekly menus and Sunday shopping lists to make it all that much easier.

The Little Book of Lunch features clever approaches to classics, making them easy for transportation; delicious at room temperature; and quickly assembled for when you barely have five minutes, or for when the cupboards are bare. It includes:

• Wholesome, healthy salads like tabouleh and the miracle “rainbow rescue” bowl

• Make-ahead meals like grilled halloumi, vegetable and avocado couscous

• Inspired twists on tuna salad and the BLT from the Sandwich Hall of Fame

• Quick soups like “faux pho” and spicy lentil and coconut

• Sweet treats to bribe colleagues, like salted caramel brownies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941393222
Publisher: Regan Arts.
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,287,820
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Caroline Craig
grew up in London but comes from a family of fruit farmers and wine producers. A childhood spent gobbling home-grown black truffles, tomatoes and peaches left her with little choice but to shape her life around food and entertaining. Caroline writes a column for The Guardian with co-author Sophie Missing, and works at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sophie Missing
grew up in London and studied English at UCL. She worked in publishing for four years, where she edited lots of delicious cookbooks. She now works as a freelance writer, editor, and occasional food stylist—but still makes a lot of packed lunches.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Packed Lunch Essentials 13

Choosing Your Receptacle 13

The lunchbox carrier

Food receptacles for the discerning


Pack It Up, Pack It In 17

The well-stocked home

The well-stocked desk; a note on sides

Recipes 23

1 Wholesome and healthy 23

2 Indulgent and decadent 45

3 When you are chained to your desk 71

4 Foraging: the corner of the cupboard and the back of the fridge 99

5 Cooking the night before 137

6 Giving leftovers a new lease on life 160

7 Bribing colleagues with sweet treats 183

Planning Ahead Weekly Menus and Shopping Lists 197

Index 202

Acknowledgments 208

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