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Lunch Boxes and Snacks: Over 120 healthy recipes from delicious sandwiches and salads to hot soups and sweet treats Hardcover – December 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416548920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416548928
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Annabel Karmel is the mother of three children and the UK’s leading expert on feeding children. She works with leading US parenting websites such as Parents.com and has appeared on many TV shows, including the Today show and The View. Check out her popular app, Annabel’s Essential Guide to Feeding Your Baby & Toddler, and visit her website, AnnabelKarmel.com, to learn more.

More About the Author

Annabel Karmel is the international best-selling author on baby and
children's food and nutrition and champions the cornerstone message that creating a healthy diet for your children is crucial to their healthy development

A mother of three children, Annabel was inspired to write children's cookbooks following the death of her first child Natasha. Although the illness was not diet related, Annabel was determined to give her second child the best possible start, seeking out only the healthiest foods. Annabel spent two years researching child nutrition and development and interviewing leading UK pediatricians and child nutritionists. She realized that no one had really explored the truth about what babies should and could eat and naturally started creating recipes herself that were both delicious and healthy. She is (resolute) passionate about helping parents provide their babies with fresh food and providing solutions for busy mums who want to feed their family a healthy meal.

With her imaginative approach to creating healthy and delicious food, Annabel is the expert in getting your child, no matter how fussy, to eat a healthier diet ' without them even noticing! She makes it easy to prepare fresh baby food and has developed (tricks) ways to improve children's nutrition on a daily basis, from hiding vegetables in other foods, packing powerhouse lunchboxes and creating healthy junk food . All the recipes are tested on children after all if it doesn't taste good they wont eat it'


Annabel has written 16 books. Her first book the Healthy Baby Meal Planner was published in the US in 1991 by Simon and Schuster and has become the authoritative guide on feeding babies and children. Her best-selling books in the US also include First Meals, Lunchboxes, 100 Top Baby Purees, Favorite Family Meals, The Mom and Me Cookbook. Impressively, every single recipe has been conceived and cooked in Annabel's own kitchen.

A household name in the UK has enabled Annabel to develop ranges for feeding babies and toddlers, food preparation equipment, children's food, baking and party ware. Her recipes are so popular that UK supermarkets now stock a range of her meals. (Annabel is currently working with US manufacturers to launch innovative product ranges for the US market) no not yet

With books sales of over 3 million worldwide, this is likely to grow fast as four new books are being published in the US this year including Baby's first Year Album, The Toddler Cookbook ,Baby and Toddler Food Diary and the Fussy Eaters Recipe Book

Annabel travels frequently to the US and has appeared on many TV programmes including the Today Show, Regis and Kelly, the View, (Rosie O'Donnell Show) NO, ABC Eyewitness News, CBS Early Show and also writes for national US newspapers and magazines including Child Magazine, New York Daily News, American Baby, Working Mother, Quick and Simple and Parents.


In June 2006, Annabel was awarded an MBE, Member of the British Empire, by the Queen in her Birthday Honours List for her outstanding work in the field of child nutrition.

Her popular web-site www.annabelkarmel.com is the number one site on child nutrition with lots of advice, delicious recipes and social networking. She has also launched the most comprehensive and informative online TV channel on family nutrition, with recipe videos, Top Tips and interviews with leading experts. Visit www.annabelkarmel.tv

Customer Reviews

Definitely a keeper.
Loren Morris
I don't remember WHY I bought this; I still have it because it is so pretty.
Amazon Customer
This has great ideas for packing lunches.
J Hammer

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lunch Boxes and Snacks: Over 120 healthy recipes from delicious sandwhiches and salads to hot soups and sweet treats is a great guide for the end of boredom at school and at work. Everything here is packable, nutritious and wonderfully good-tasting.

The book includes information on how to keep food safe after it leaves your refrigerator and how to involve kids in the selection and process.

But, be advised that it is great for adults also. We get bored with everyday same-old same-old, too!

I purchased this book on a whim while food-shopping at a mega-market. I flipped through it over coffee and went right back to the aisles for some immediate meal transformations.

I don't regret purchasing it!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am not the most creative person when it comes to packed lunches, but this book makes it easy! Many ingredients are easily found, and likely to be in your fridge or pantry already. Many you can make with leftover foods such as cooked chicken, or the 2 tablespoons of corn left over from dinner. Most are items my daughter will readily eat without complaint. For health reasons, we decided to stop eating cafeteria food and started packing our own. I ran out of ideas rather quickly and knew we had to break away from PB&J, so I ordered this book. What's great it that it's "adult friendly" too. No smiley face sandwiches or mac and cheese here...just healthy food made easy. Our kiddo is now the envy of the lunch room!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Daedalus18 on August 25, 2011
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Does a cold omelet that has been sitting around sound like something your child would eagerly scarf down at lunch time? If so - this may be the book for you. Other suggestions for cold lunches include half a dozen pizzas, cold muffins with creamy scrambled eggs, cold sticky drumsticks (w/ foil around the bottoms, so your kid won't get sticky fingers when throwing away a nasty cold sticky drumstick their parent packed for them), cold quesadillas, and tons of ideas for letting eggs and mayonnaise sit in a slightly cooled container until noon.

The other half of the book has some good suggestions - some pasta salads, wraps, and decent muffin and cookie suggestions.

I just don't see how anyone would have approved a title with the word "Lunch Boxes" in it, when that is the term associated with school packed lunches. If adults can heat food at work - these may work, but for the most part this book is not useful to parents trying to pack healthy delicious food for their kid's lunches.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Bradford on July 31, 2010
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I was really excited to get this book based on the reviews I read about it. I like the size of the book and the fact that it is hardbound. There are pictures for some of the recipes, but not all. I would like to see more pictures for every recipe. The intro to the book is really good because it talks about what kinds of foods should be in a lunch and how to pack the lunch to maintain food safety etc. There is a lot of useful information there. Plus, there are little tips throughout the book. The reason why I gave it 3 stars is because it does have a lot of recipes with chicken, mayo and tortillas. It would have been nice to see more variety. Like the title of the book, not all of these recipes are for a lunch box. In addition to chicken there is a lot of tuna. Once I swap out the tuna for chicken, this will be a chicken cookbook. This book is not what I thought it would be, but maybe once I start making some of the recipes I will like it better? I will most likely keep the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Winslow on November 5, 2010
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There are quite a few nice recipes here. But some duds, too. The energy bars contain corn syrup. (Ellie Krieger has a much better recipe for energy bars in "The Food You Crave.") The biggest miss is in the area of planning and packing. It would be great to have more ideas about how to manage a week of lunch preparation in minimum time, maybe by combining recipes or mixing healthful store-bought snacks with homemade ones. A few weeks of complete sample boxes would be great. Worst part of the book are the fancy pictures that give you no ideas about how to pack all of these wraps, salads and soups. There are a lot of great reusable containers now--stainless steel, air-tight glass with locks, etc.--but the pictures in this book show fancy photos with carrots wrapped in straw and soup being served in china bowls.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greenbyoo VINE VOICE on January 24, 2011
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This little book has lots of very pretty pictures, but there isn't much substance here. Fairly basic sandwiches, pasta salads, variations on green salads, a few soups, and some desserts. You could easily find similar recipes in any decent basic cookbook. There is certainly nothing here that makes these recipes more lunchbox-friendly than any other sandwiches, entrees and sides. Also, you should be aware that of the 128 pages, about half are full-page photographs, so there aren't as many recipes as you might think. (I didn't realize that the author is a celebrity in the U.K.: this book does seem like it was published as an easy-sell for a popular television personality.) I did get a few ideas from the book, but I was hoping for something beyond the basics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amber Kelley on February 23, 2010
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As with any cook book there are hits and there are total misses but this book presents a wide variety of new ideas and twists on old ones to keep your lunch interesting for weeks. It has good eye appeal, though there aren't pictures of every dish presented. Another plus for this title is the great variety of items to chose from; there are the requisite sandwiches but also wraps, salads, hot items, and sweets. Some recipes aren't conducive to packed lunches (open faced sandwiches)but even those can be adapted. I see this as a great book for SAHM's and daycares to stir things up at lunchtime. Many of these dishes are simple enough that children can help make them. Well worth the small investment.
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