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The Top 100 Recipes of Healthy Lunchbox: Easy and Exciting Ideas for Your Child's Lunches Spiral-bound – 15 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD (15 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844835170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844835171
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nicola Graimes is an award-winning cookery editor and writer and a former editor of Vegetarian Living magazine. She is the author of 12 food and drink-related books, including The Big Book of Low-Carb Recipes (for DBP).

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This book is primarily written to help parents pack a healthy and interesting lunchbox for their children - however it is just as useful when attempting to get away from boring old work sandwiches every day at your desk.

The book itself is split into sections: Nibbles & Dips; Soups; Sandwiches & Wraps; Salads, Savouries and Sweet Treats & Bakes. In each chapter there are many interesting and delicious recipes and most are quick and easy to prepare. I was plesantly surprised that the sweets section contained things that sounded both delicious and healthy! Even if the actual recipes don't tempt you - it gives you enough inspiration to tweak them and make them your own.

A fantastic feature of each recipe is that it clearly shows the time taken to prepare and cook each item, how long you can store the item, whether it can be frozen and the health benefits. There is also a handy key which tells you if a recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, contains eggs or contains nuts making it ideal if you (or your child) has an allergy.

The introduction and text of the book are informative without preaching and it isn't too long or boring. There is information on what a healthy lunchbox should contain, tips for shopping and some sample menu plans.

My only complaint would be that there are few pictures to show what the recipes should look like. It's not essential as the book is very colourful and easy to read - but it would have been nice to have more images.

It's also quite nice that this book comes spiral bound. It means it easily stays open while you cook and is very easy to flick between pages.

If you're looking to give your kids something other than ham sandwiches for lunch or even if you want your own lunch to be a little bit more exciting and healthy - then this book is definitely a good start. And for the price you really can't go wrong. 4 stars.
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This book has so many ideas not just for school kids but food that the whole family can enjoy. There is a good selection of mild tasting to more spicy fare which you can modify to your taste. The best thing for me is that most cookery books aimed at children have very simple ideas such as sandwiches and cruddites and then nearly a third of the book devoted to desserts, this is not the case with this book as it recognises that lunch especially when children are at school is a very important meal.

Another good point about the "Top 100" series is that it has a section on the page with what you should serve with the main recipe to make your childs lunchbox a nutritionally complete meal.
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I ordered this book to give me some inspiration for my son's lunch boxes. The recipe ideas are good, however, there is a real lack of photos to illustrate the recipes - there is only one photo of 1 recipe per chapter (eg 1 photo of 1 soup recipe at the start of the soup chapter). So approx 90% of the recipes are un-illustrated.

I was expecting a photo illustration for each food recipe; which would have been really helpful when flicking through the book quickly and choosing something to make. So overall, good ideas but I think I'll send it back and get a different one.
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I bought this in order to give me a few more ideas for packed lunches for work. At first sight the book seemed wonderful with useful pointers as to how to build a menu and what recipes were suitable for vegetarians etc. My problem with the book was that almost every recipe I tried just didn't really seem to work out - no matter how well I followed the recipe. This was a great disappointment as the book had initially seemed so inspiring. So, i would say that the book is useful to give you ideas, but not something that you should follow recipes from.
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I regret buying this book. The author didn't bother to include pictures of the prepared snacks but was very generous with useless pictures of some of the ingredients. The meals are extremely boring. I was looking for ideas for my 4 year old's lunch box and this is definitely not for me. Some people will find it useful hopefully. I should have returned it.
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a great little book that gives loads of ideas for lunches of all types.
The book covers everything from sandwiches to salads and sweet treats. The recipies are easy to follow and fairly simple with lots of info regarding the time things take to prepare and what can be frozen or made in advance.

There aren't many pictures so if you need them to guide you when cooking you might want to try a different book - but the instructions are clear and they do work. Given the number and range of recipies this book includes its easily one of the best value buys for lunch box recipies.
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My daughter starts reception in January and is a fussy eater so I was looking for ideas to expand on the things she will eat and try some things before she has to take them to school and this book has provided me with many ideas. She is very keen to try them too.
Overall an excellent book
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this is an excellent book, have practised a few of the recipes on my ds ready for p1 in september. it also allows you to vary/adapt some the recipes according to what you have in what you have handy in your cupboards! the chicken noodle soup is a particular favourite already but we have used prawns and other such bits in it. would heartily recommend to improve the contents of the school lunchbox. many of the recipes aresuitable for the freezer or will keep in the fridge for a few days which is great when you are busy. would totally recommend for those looking to provide a nutritious lunch and not scared to try new flavours. cooking skills not required as instructions clear and basic!!
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