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Jennifer McCann
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Book Description

27 Aug 2009
From the creator of "Vegan Lunch Box", a new cookbook featuring international and American regional menus for creating easy, exciting, and kid-friendly vegan lunches. With approximately 100 recipes, "Vegan Lunch Box Around the World" includes exciting, well-balanced menus from Jamaica, China, Indonesia, Australia, India, Mexico, Japan, and every corner of America. Recipes include dishes like New England Chowder with Cheesy Fish Crackers, Moroccan Tagine with Couscous and Sweet Cinnamon Almonds, and Japanese Bento Box. The meals are designed to appeal to all ages and stages of life - from snacks and lunches for children of all ages and adults packing lunches to go to work. Each sample menu will be described in delicious detail, and will include recipes and simple side dishes along with items that can be easily prepared or simply purchased, to make packing lunch as easy as possible. Make the entire menu, or just a favorite dish or two. "Vegan Lunch Box Around the World" is full of options!

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Original edition (27 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213576
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review, 8/18/09 "Gives ideas for meat-, cheese-, and egg-free lunch entrees that will appeal to carnivores and vegans alike." 8/17/09 "With quick and easy recipes, fruit and veggie ideas for even the pickiest eaters, and an allergen-free index, Vegan Lunch Box Around the World is essential for every family raising healthy kids-and for anyone who packs a lunch." Wa'sTacoma Tribune and Olympian, 9/9 "Jennifer McCann has traversed the globe for a second time to find inspiration for her plant-based meals. A clever concept..." Baltimore's Child magazine, 9/1 "Although aimed at parents, plenty of teens will love this book as a way to support their decision to go vegan-and there is no doubt that school lunches need all the help they can get!" NJ's The Record, 9/7 "Readers are whisked around the globe in search of the best lunch foods in the second installment of McCann's 'Vegan Lunch Box' series." Omaha World Herald and Lexington Clipper-Herald, 9/2 "The book offers an eclectic variety of flavorful and generally quick-to-prepare lunch option for vegans." Tulsa World, 8/24 "Her creative cookbook features ways to shake up lunches with plenty of plant-based fuel." Louisville Courier IL, 10/7 and Northwest Herald, 10/17 "A clever spin.", 10/7 "Highly recommended for a constituency of medical providers, dieticians, homemakers, chefs and health buffs everywhere." VegNews magazine, December 2009 issue "Jennifer McCann prevents lunchtime monotony...Known for her eye-catching bento-box presentations, McCann takes lunchtime on a world tour, hitting cultures from Central America, throughout Asia, and everywhere in between. Whatever your age, Vegan Lunch Box Around the World will transform your daily lunch into a mini-vacation." Living Without, January 2010 "McCann takes you on a delicious gustatory trip without leaving the neighborhood." January, 11/17/09 "If you've ever wondered how to shake up your noontime meal, have a stroll through Vegan Lunch Box Around the World. It's possible you'll come away from it looking at many foods in an entirely new way."

About the Author

Jennifer McCann is a full time mum and vegan activist, and author of Vegan Lunch Box. Her popular Vegan Lunch Box Blog ( won PETA's Proggy Award for Blog of the Year 2005, the 2006 Veg Webby Award for Best Family Blog from VegNews magazine, and the 6th Annual Bloggy Award for Best Food Blog. She lives with her husband and son in Washington.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars vegan lunch box around the world 3 Nov 2009
I was disappointed with this one, one of the "recipes" is basically a sandwich, it says I quote "2 or 3 slices of leftover Tofurky Roast" as one of the listed ingredients with mayo, salt, pepper, 2 slices of bread and cranberry sauce, I surely already know how to put things in between bread. The first 46 pages are menu ideas i.e take this from pg 20, this from pg 45 and choosing a lunch box fills out two pages advising on size, material and safety of your chosen container!!!
There are A LOT of filler recipes with most of them being one main vegetable with salt, pepper, oil and a herb or spice added. In fact I found it very hard to find anything that I would actually need to follow instructions to make. So unless you don't know anything about cooking or putting things between bread! I wouldn't recommend because it felt almost patronising going through it.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vegan Lunch Box Returns! 15 Aug 2009
By Madelyn Pryor - Published on
I was the first in line at my local bookstore to grab a copy of Vegan Lunch Box Around the World. I have to admit that I am a fan of McCann's blog, and her first book, the Vegan Lunch Box, but this book is its own work of art that makes you not only want to use this book, but turn your own lunches into a work of art no matter what your age.

McCann's book is useful in multiple ways. First, she provides several menu suggestions for various parts of the world including: United States, Canada. Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Japan. If you are unfamiliar with any of these locations, having the menu suggestions are invaluable. Also, the book has a picture gallery, showing multiple lunch box options and presentations of the menu. The pictures are so elegant; it really makes me want to have multiple lunchbox systems. The other way that the book is amazing is that it offers over 125 recipes. The recipes are very friendly to the family on the go. Many come together quickly and are made with items that can be found at the store (in a bigger city) or easily ordered online. With items that might be harder to find, McCann always gives options to order from the internet. This means that there might be some preplanning involved, but gives you something to look forward to in the mail. If you're pressed for time and looking for easy yet inventive vegan recipes, than just double or triple the recipes depending on the amount of people you have, and you have vegan dinner! Yay! Even McCann's most exotic recipes have ingredients that are commonly found. The Moroccan Tagine is a great example. It's elegant and exotic, yet, every ingredient can be found in a common supermarket.

I can't recommend this book enough. McCann strikes again, but this time with more exotic recipes, better allergen information, and more lunch boxes. Whether you're cooking for someone who is 4, or you're 94 and packing your own lunches, don't take more time reading this review! Grab a copy of this excellent book and start making vegan lunches!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure 26 Nov 2009
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on
This book explains how to prepare exquisite lunches
from the storage phase to packaging and preparation.
Here are some samples of classic recipes:
o omega 3 protein bars
o mango noodles from Thailand
o caramel dip with vegan cream cheese
o Bahama Mama's beans and rice
o California roll-gluten free
o Patatas Bravas from Spain
o Balsamic strawberries
o lemon-lime sparkle and a host of other fine preparations

There is an exhaustive list of recommended resources and
websites at the end of the book. The volume comes highly

Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 5 Oct 2009
By A. M. Jones - Published on
My family is not vegan or even vegetarian, but my son is sensitive to dairy, so I try to keep it out of his diet and particularly out of his school lunches. However, he LOVES food of all kinds and always wants to try new things. So I need to be creative about packing his lunches. The standby of PBJ will only be sufficient for him every once in a while.

This book is filled with great menus and recipes for very healthy lunches, and I would say that most of the meals can be modified to a diet that is not vegetarian or vegan. But whether you want to go entirely vegan or not, you will find lots of healthy ideas in this book.

In all honesty, I use it more for inspiration and suggestions than for the actual menus. When I'm at a loss for ideas on what to pack for lunch this week, I'll flip through the menus and recipes and look for something that I can easily manage with the ingredients I have on hand or with only a couple of items added to my weekly grocery list. I always find something new and fun to try.

And best of all, my son got very excited when I got this book. He went straight to the pictures, pointed to every single one he saw, and asked me to make them all for him. They vary from pizza to sushi, and quite honestly, I'm not always up to the task. But there are plenty of quick and easy suggestions for busy mornings that can be tossed into the lunch box in a snap.

Overall, it's a great addition to my healthy lunch collection and I would recommend it to anyone.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Inspiring! 8 April 2010
By Joyce B. Johnson - Published on
I got this book first at the library for my 21-year-old daughter who recently went vegan after many years of being a vegetarian. I wish I had thought to look for one like it while she was still in grade school. She would not have begged me to let us eat like "normal" people for a few years if I had been inspired like this author to make healthy lunches that were both easy and fun. Her response when she saw the photos in this book was, "WOW! Now, I won't have to be the 'poor vegan with the boring food' anymore!" She is now making her own lunches since she is in college and living with her dad; and next year, she'll be living on campus and won't be on any meal plan because she likes to eat organic, vegan meals. She was so happy to think that I owned this book I had lent her so she could keep it. I waited a few weeks to see if she really liked it, and she does - even though she does not usually like to cook or prepare food. So, I bought a copy for her and will probably end up buying one for my own library. It includes enough photos to inspire me (and make me smile!) and zeroes in on packable, vegan lunches that are fun to make and interesting to look at and eat. Vegan should not be boring, not even for us adults! (Did you know that Dr. Oz keeps to a vegan diet for his health? He's no dummy! :)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Lunch Box Around the World 20 Dec 2009
By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian - Published on
Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann is a collection of vegan, allergy friendly recipes that your kids will love to have for lunch. Many of the recipes are also very suitable for dinner like the Chik'n Pot Pie and the New England Chowder. There are a wide variety of recipes including main course, soups, salads, grain dishes, veggie dishes & desserts.

The cookbook is broken down into two parts. Part one contains menus from around the world including United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, The Caribbean, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, The Middle East, India, Africa, Asia, Australia and Japan. Each section offers an explanation for some of the less common ingredients from the area like Vegemite in Australia and haggis in Scotland.

The first section also includes a sample menu from each country for example, in Vietnam, I found: Vegetarian Pho (page 103), Vietnamese Salad Rolls (page 91), Hoisin sauce for dipping, fresh or drained canned lychee fruit.

The second section lists all the recipes. There are a few sentences that describe the recipe, the recipe itself and then information on what allergens the recipe contains. Being a mom of two gluten intolerant children, I love this section! While the book is vegan (no meat, dairy or egg), you can easily add in meat proucts if you choose to.

The book has a section of beautiful color photographs in the center. Several meals are gorgeously displayed in a variety of settings including bento boxes, picnics and plates. The book also has a section on garnishes like radish rosettes that I found very interesting. The book has a total of 263 pages which includes two sections and twenty seven chapters.

The book is a combination of familiar recipes like carmelized squash and apples and more exotic recipes like golden Indonesian tempeh. You're sure to find recipes your kids will like but there may be some they aren't interested in too.

Some of the recipes include ingredients that I can't find in my area which is probably more my fault than anything. It would have been nice to have a few comments on what I could substitute for Asian Portobellos if I couldn't find them.
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