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