The angle: Let's make lunch something we look forward to
Recipes for right now: Turkey with Mango-Tomato Chutney, Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches, Corn Chowder, Wild Rice with Lentils & Spinach, Gemelli with Peas & Pancetta, Thai Summer Rolls, Rustic Ratatouille Tart,
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone tired of their daily lunch routine
• Who wrote it: Gale Gand
• Who published it: Houghton Mifflin Harcout
• Number of recipes: 150
• Other highlights: As someone who likes eating lots of little things and calling that a meal, I love the mix-and-match feeling to this book. It starts with snacks (my favorite!!!) and then moves into spreads and salsas that we can use to perk up a sandwich or a salad. Only then do we start getting into the main meals — sandwiches, soups, grain salads, pastas and the like. Each recipe also helpfully includes a few recommendations for other nibbles to take with it to make your lunch a complete and satisfying meal.
Most of the recipes in this book are of the "make-ahead" variety — the components can be prepared and refrigerated, then re-assembled and re-heated for lunch. (This said, I admit to being a bit thrown off by the "serve immediately" instruction in many of the recipes; I know few people who have a spare hour in the middle of their day to prepare and serve a full lunch.) It would also be practical to think of these recipes as dinners with lunch leftovers. You could, for instance, make the Rustic Ratatouille Tart or the Slow-Roasted Salmon for dinner one night and then have the leftovers for lunch over the next several days.
I think there are a lot of good ideas in this cookbook for those of us who regularly go through the Lunchtime Doldrums. Approach the recipes with a eye to the make-ahead components, and let your lunches benefit from the attention.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Gale Gand's Lunch by Gale Gand
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