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Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love! Paperback – August 5, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Original edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940729
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Library Journal Xpress Review, 6/23/08
“McCann's recipes are easy to follow.”
New York Daily, food editor’s blog
“A fun new collection of vegan recipes that I will be turning to regularly this fall.”
Boston Metro, 08/13/08
“The recipes are fun to make as a family and good enough for Mom and Dad to enjoy as well.”
Associated Press, August 2008
“McCann's book is great for children willing to try new foods, but who might be stuck in alunchbox rut. As the title implies, the recipes are all vegan, but they still offer plenty of appeal.”
Mothering, 2/09
“Chock full of uncomplicated recipes for clever noontime fare.”
Colorado Springs Gazette, 9/1/11
Even if you’re not vegan, I would give this cookbook a look. It can be an inspiration.”

About the Author

Jennifer McCann is the creator of the award-winning Vegan Lunch Box blog. She lives in Kennewick, Washington.

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Customer Reviews

Jennifer's recipes are easy and delicious.
Jacqueline Tucker
These are good recipes for the time-limited cook who can't afford to go to special work to make something just for lunch.
M. Bruno
I checked out the vegan lunchbox blog for quite some time, and ordered this book as soon as I saw it was coming out.
Kelly Hull

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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Christine Johnson on November 19, 2008
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I just received my copy of Vegan Lunch Box after much anticipation. I was a fan of the blog that inspired the book and for some reason expected the format of the book to be similar, which is what appealed to me. Unfortunately, the entire book is laid out in a new way.

First of all, there are virtually no pictures (save for a special insert in the middle of the book), and none to accompany the recipes. There are very few set "menus" except in sections for special occasions and a few to kick off your thinking. The recipes are divided into apps, salads, soups, sandwiches, main courses, sides, breads, desserts and beverages, which is useful, though there are a few stand-by recipes in here I think she could have skipped for most of us- veggie dogs and baked beans for example, takes up an entire page.

The recipes go perhaps a bit beyond lunch- I won't be making soups or homemade beverages for my child's lunch box- but that's ok, it makes it a bit more versatile as a book for veggie families.

What I found helpful about the original blog was the creativity of how Jennifer, the author, put the meals together in the bento lunchboxes she created. The combinations of food items and what her child choose to eat and appreciated. It's not the recipes I struggle with, it's how to put together an appealing lunch for a vegetarian child (and one that her classmates will envy!).

That said, this is a useful book and a must have for parents to new vegetarians, and does have plenty to offer the veteran as well. I just wish they had followed the format of the blog a little bit more closely. The book does mention that all the original recipes are on the blog archive- but that's why I purchased the book, so I could have that information in a book format.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Peterson on September 3, 2008
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I was dying to get this book after being a fan of her blog for so long. It's got great menu plans - ones for mornings you have time to cook, ones for a rushed morning and ones for preparation the night before.
It has great recipes, a little too much fake meat and processed food for my taste - but then it's written for everyone, not just me :)
My only criticism (and that's why it lost a star) is the lack of photos. The beauty of the blog was the photo of each lunch, I was expecting this in the book too but there's just a few photos together in the middle of the book - 99% of the recipes and menus don't have photos which is sadly quite common with vegan cookbooks.
But this book is WELL worth the price and will truly be USED in a household with kids. Just give us some photos!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I expected this book to be good as I was already a big fan of the vegan lunchbox blog but WOW! This cookbook is so much more than I expected, so much more than the title even suggests.

This book is now the first thing I turn to when I am looking for something for dinner - and if I'm lucky, there may be some leftovers for the lunchbox the next day. As I read through the book, I began marking pages of recipes I wanted to try but I soon stopped . . . because I found that I wanted to try just about every single one. I figured I'd just cook my way through the whole book.

The book is organized into the following sections: Quick and Easy (sandwiches, easy dips, etc.); Rise and Shine (for those who want to cook in the morning - biscuits, gingerbread, cornbread, muffins); Ready and Waiting (recipes you can make in advance like soups, breadsticks, pizza); Lunch Box Advenure (my favorite - lots of ethnic recipes like samosas, dahl, sushi, tamales, spring rolls. They are not only delicious but really fun to make with your children).

I just love the way this book is written. McCann puts together entire lunch menus and for the items you don't make yourself, she gives suggestions for brands. Tidbits and stories are scattered throughout the book, such as: "How much to Pack," "Fitting In [for vegan kids]," "Let's Hear It for Legumes," and my favorite "And then, a miracle occurred . . . " about the momentous event of McCann's son eating his first salad. McCann has such an engaging way of writing that it's enjoyable just to read through this book.

This is really a great cookbook - and definitely not just for lunches. It's great whether or not you have children, whether or not you're vegan. The recipes are creative and delicious and very well tested.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie VINE VOICE on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Vegan Lunch Box is packed with recipes, antidotes, and information on more than the vegan lunch box. Yes, it is primarily a cookbook for elementary school kids when prepared as the menus suggested--but it is so much more! To read it through is to learn how to become a vegan, or to incorporate more vegan dishes into you life.

Jennifer McCann became a vegetarian at age 15 and ate the same thing for lunch for a year. She decided things would be different for her son. Every menu had to be graded a "5" by her son to be included in the book.

McCann packs the lunches in a clever bento-like box, allowing for lots of choices and minimal environmental waste, as they are re-usable. Very clever. The lunches are sure to appeal to kids because they are colorful and fun. McCall is aware that kids notice other kids' food and takes pains to create meals that become the envy of fellow students.

Part I is divided as follows:

* Quick and easy menus. For example, one menu includes lunch nibbles--vegan deli slices and cheese with rice crackers. Disigned for the kid to assemble.

Sample menu: veggie burger, sweet potato fries, wheat free apple crisp and Amazake to drink.

* Rise and Shine menus.

Sample menu: coconut carrot rice pudding, black strap gingerbread with lemon sauce, applesauce and soy jerky

* Ready and Waiting

Sample menu: peanut butter and jelly muffins, frozen snack tube, popcorn, vegetable juice

*Lunch box adventure
Includes menus from around the world.

* Special occasions
Birthdays, Halloween and more.

Part II is the recipes.

While some of the recipes take a bit of time to prepare, many have multiple uses.
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