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Healthy Lunchboxes for Kids Hardcover – August 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845977068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845977061
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

AMANDA GRANT is a broadcaster, food writer and mother of three young children. She has written several books including Grow It, Cook It with Kids and Healthy Lunchboxes for Kids for Ryland Peters & Small. Amanda is heavily involved in the Children’s Food Festival and travels the UK teaching kids about good food and nutrition. Her television credits include GMTV’s ‘Back to School Campaign’. also available:


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Probably not worth the shelf space.
Gray_Lady21
Finally, this book fails to provide any information about the nutritional content of the recipes presented.
buster609
Second problem, the recipe calls for self-rising flour.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By buster609 on November 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am at a bit of a loss to understand how the term healthy factored into this cookbook. Firstly, discounting the fact that the average parent could invent most of the recipes in the sandwich section, almost half of the recipes for sandwiches in the first seven sections contain either cheese, bacon or sausage as an ingredient. The savoury section also has cheese or sausage in almost every dish. Add to this, the couple of cakes in the sweet section that contain significant amounts of sugar and butter, and one begins to wonder where the healthy eating is fitting in. Finally, this book fails to provide any information about the nutritional content of the recipes presented. One would think this would be a consideration in a book on healthy eating. Sure we want our kids to cut out the chips and fast foods, but replacing it with recipes that consistently contain cheese, bacon,sausage, butter and sugar and calling it "healthy" has sure got me puzzled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flttrby on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This books steers families away from store bought, packaged, and processed foods and towards homemade lunches. I love the creative recipes and I can easily substitute any ingredients with foods of my chidren's choosing. I first borrowed this from the library and now have purchased it for my own cookbook collection.
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By Will Riddle on September 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I wish I could give this 3.5 stars because I'm glad I got it, but there were some problems.

The main reason why I liked this cookbook is because I needed some inspiration for my kids' lunches past PB&J. I knew that they didn't need anything fancy, so the simplicity of the sandwich recipes (which come first) didn't bother me. They are rather simplistic, like a page of sandwiches with cheese as the main ingredient, another page with egg, another page with tuna, etc. In this way, the cookbook was more like a catalog of options, which I appreciate as a "refresher" when I get stuck in a lunch rut. And there are nice photos which remind you to mix up the breads, condiments, etc.

Neither did the health of the recipes bother me. Now if your kid has a lot of allergies (eggs, milk, wheat), or you are a strict vegan/paleo dieter, this book is not for you. Most of the recipes will offend you in one way or another. But if you're just looking to avoid packaged and processed foods which form the great majority of kids' lunch food, then the recipes are fine. And they are simple enough to substitute an ingredient here or there (i.e. sugar) to your liking. If you served these consistently to your kid, everyone around them would know that you cared about healthy eating! Think: homemade soup in a thermos, a mini salad or fruit cup on the side, and an egg salad sandwich...

The main problem for me with the book actually was a number recipes themselves. We tried several of the "hot food" recipes--the sausage and red pepper bites, the pinwheels, the easy pizzas--and none of them were a hit. None of my four kids really liked any of them, and I had a hard time believing they would get any yummier standing in a lunch box for several hours.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book at Pottery Barn Kids about 3 years ago because it was on sale and I thought it would be a great resource for introducing my son to new foods. In all honesty, after glancing through it, it sat on my shelf for about the last 3 years until this week... A couple of the savories recipes are good (cheese seeded cookies and spinach-egg tortilla). However...the first few chapters are REALLY basic -- apple cheese sandwiches, cheese and bacon sandwiches, cubed veggies in a bowl, green salad, you get the idea-- seriously, we needed a cookbook to come up with sandwiches and salad? How disappointing.

The real "recipes" start about page 54:
I thought I'd try some of the baking recipes....(mini pear cakes to be exact) which states that you can substitute one "eating" apple for a pear. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't ALL apples "eating" apples? Maybe that's a regional word for a type of apple, but made me sorta chuckle...anyway. The ingredients list said "a pinch of salt" - in my experience as a home baker, baking takes EXACT measuring especially if you're talking about the ingredients which will give rise to a cake, so again...I'm baffled. I guessed at what a pinch would be (est 1/8 tsp). Then the instructions have you mix all the ingredients...except the salt and baking powder....what? After realizing everything was in the batter except these two things, I added them at the end. After which, it occurred to me, they should've been mixed with the flour and then added to the rest of the mix. Oh well, at least they're in there...

The directions listed no baking temperature anywhere, so I used the previous "chocolate cupcakes" baking temp, 350 F-- WRONG, the first batch burned.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've had this book for some time and have not used it. I decided to try the muffin recipe this morning. First problem, muffin is not in the index. I knew I'd seen the recipe and I had to hunt for it. Annoying. Second problem, the recipe calls for self-rising flour. Self-rising flour has baking powder included. The recipe calls for an additional 2 teaspoons of baking powder. This does not seem right. Plus they want you to cook the muffins at 400F for 25-30 minutes which seems waaaaay too long. I'm keeping a close eye on them.

The problems I've encountered with this one recipe throws doubt on the accuracy of the entire book. Disappointing. There is some helpful information in the front about portion sizes, but if the recipes can't be trusted I'm not sure if it is really helpful.
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