“It Takes A Village to Pack a Lunch” – A New Cookbook Just for Lunch Packing!

For me, the hardest part of daily school-lunch-packing is they way my list of regular lunch items seems to shrink over time, as old standbys fall out of favor and I just can’t seem to come up with new ideas.  By year’s end, we’re crawling to the finish line.

That’s why I’m so excited to share this news:  Kelly Lester, creator of the acclaimed EasyLunchboxes system, has just published Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Easy Lunch Boxes.  That’s right, an entire cookbook devoted exclusively to lunch box packing, with over 80 creative, healthful lunch box recipes!

You’ll find everything from fanciful, bento-style lunches (the kind where everything is cut into adorable shapes) to options you can throw together quickly on a rushed morning.   There are choices for vegetarians and vegans, and the photography is beautiful (click on the photo below to enlarge).  All the recipes come from food bloggers, including TLT friends Red, Round or GreenThe Six O’Clock Scramble and 100 Days of Real Food, and you can read each blogger’s back story along with their lunch ideas.

And guess who wrote the foreward for the book?  Me!  I’ve never had that honor before and I’m grateful to Kelly for giving me the opportunity.

The book is available in bookstores as well as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

[Blogger disclosure:  As with most books I review on The Lunch Tray, I received a free copy of this book for my perusal.  However, I never accept any other form of compensation for any of the books or products I review on this blog.]

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  1. says

    Bettina – The only thing your very wonderful review left out was the part about the dorky happy dance I did when you agreed to write my foreword :) I thought for sure you noticed me a few states away- whoopin’ it up quite a bit 😉 It was truly MY honor to have you intro my book, and I’m delighted that you love the finished product! Thank you so much for sharing it here with all your readers!

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