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The Lunch Box: Packed with Fun, Healthy Meals that Keep them Smiling Hardcover – Jan 31 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616281227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616281229
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Kate McMillan is a chef, cooking instructor, and owner of an eponymous catering company. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three young daughters, who were tireless taste-testers for this book. Sarah Putman Clegg is a freelance editor, writer, and author of "Love in Spoonfuls." She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and young son, who eats things from his lunch box that he would never consume in her presence.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By By a Satisfied Customer on March 21 2013
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I love this book and reference it often! Trying to come up with lunch ideas outside of the norm PB&J / Cheese Wiz / Meat sandwiches is very difficult. But this book offers some amazing suggestions. Different kinds of wraps to make, all kinds of fun skewers to put together, sides, dips, and even salads. I was very impressed with the pictures and ideas. Recommended!
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Save your money and google ideas July 12 2012
By Mommy of 2 girls - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for some new ideas for my 6 and 4 year old's lunches for the upcoming school. I got one good idea. I would say 90% of the recipes are not really made for a kid's lunch box. If you are looking for good lunch ideas for the the home then by all means purchase it. If you are looking for ideas for an actual lunch box, save your money and google "lunch box ideas." If you have a picky eater, DO NOT BUY.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great recipes even for adults Sept. 5 2012
By Jaz - Published on
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I am a college student and I am on a really tight budget, so I started packing my lunches. I bought this cookbook because i was drawing a blank on what i food i could pack that would taste good cold. As long as you have an insulated lunchbox and couple freeze packs, all these recipes are safe to eat. This book gave me great ideas on what i should pack for my lunch. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to pack lunches for themselves or their children.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An okay book Feb. 27 2013
By Mr.FoggyBottom - Published on
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I didn't really like this because it's not really full of meals for kids, but more like an adult lunch cut into "fun" shapes. My kid's not dumb if I cut something she doesn't like into a star she's still not going to eat it. There were a few good ideas in the book that my daughter would probably eat but it wasn't worth buying the whole book for those few ideas. Your better off looking on Pintrest or Google. It got two stars for fast shipping.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ingredient combinations unrealistic for an average child Sept. 1 2013
By C. Gottschall - Published on
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I would say the best part about this book is the photographs. They do make the food look enticing. But, I think that the ingredient combinations are unrealistic for a not too picky child. (Let alone if yours would be considered picky.) Of course, you can adjust the ingredients to the child, but you might then be left with a weird or bland combination. Also, it ultimately cuts down on the number of items that you can actually use from the book.

Some of the "picky" substitutions seem be more on the picky no-no list than the thing they are replacing (lettuce) (e.g., a salad made with oranges, celery and white vinegar). I wonder if the author was working from her own children's "off limits" list. For instance, tomatoes, cucumber, mayonnaise, mustard are used frequently. These are more off limits in my house than lettuce.

Also, the author suggests combinations that look yummy when prepared, but may not stand up to the rigors of a lunchbox. For instance, sliced bananas and sliced apples. She doesn't address the extra preparation that might be involved (i.e., for apples) to make the cool open face sandwich not look nasty by noon. And, I am not even sure there is anything you can do for sliced bananas to keep them fresh. I wonder if she tested the recipes to see if they would be appealing 4-5 hours later.

All in all, it amounts to a cookbook that I won't be able to use much from. I was looking for something that would have mostly kid staples with a little bit that pushes the envelope to make me say "Aha! I hadn't thought of that before." But, mostly, I found myself saying, "That looks good for my lunch, but S wouldn't eat it."

If your child is a really great eater - enjoying a wide variety of things, then this cookbook may be great for you. If your child isn't picky per se, but has some distinct likes and dislikes, you might want to try to find it in the library before you purchase, to see if it is for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is it? May 21 2014
By JH - Published on
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I bought this book based on the good reviews it got but I am so not impressed! The recipes in here are nothing special - taco salad, turkey club sandwich, and other sandwiches, meats and veggies on a skewer, and wraps. Who doesn't know how to make a turkey sandwich? There's also a whole section dedicated to warm meals but I don't find warm meals for lunch practical when children have no access to a microwave oven and I have yet to find a thermos that can retain heat that lasts until lunch time. In addition the author suggests layering items in glass jars but parents can't send children to school with glass in their lunchboxes. Maybe I had higher expectations for this book, but I don't need recipes for deviled eggs, chicken salad, egg salad, or guacamole. One plus is the book has some breakfast recipes for oatmeal combinations and smoothies, but again these recipes aren't anything I couldn't come up with on my own or don't already make. I was looking for a book that would have unique and creative ideas and though this book advertises such it certainly is not what I'd call creative. Save your money and look for something else. Maybe the title Yum Yum Bento would have been a better idea for me.

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