J.M. Hirsch, 'Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go!'
10/23/2013 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 7 p.m.
Our very own local J.M. Hirsch (the national food editor for The Associated Press) collaborated with Rachel Ray to create this cookbook ideabook! Join us for a talk about lunch, and a cooking demonstration, to see what you can do to easily spice up your leftovers to create an exciting mid-day meal.
"Longing for more than yet another limp salad? Tired of tussling with
the kids over junk food lunch kits? Sounds like you've got the lunch box
blues. J. M. Hirsch has the fix.
But it isn't a cookbook.
Because when it comes to lunch, nobody has time to break out a recipe to
bang out a brown bag special. Busy people need lunch ideas. Lots of
them. And those ideas need to be healthy, fast, easy, affordable, and
That's what Beating the Lunch Box Blues is--an idea
book to inspire anyone daunted by the daily ordeal of packing lunch.
Jammed with nearly 200 photos and more than 500 tips and meals, this
book is designed to save families time, money, and their sanity.
Whether you want to jazz up a grilled cheese, turn leftover steak into a DIY taco kit, or make pizza "sushi," Hirsch has it covered. And because the best lunches often are built from the leftovers of great suppers, he has
also included 30 fast and flavorful dinner recipes designed to make
enough for tomorrow, too. Crazy good stuff like short ribs braised in a
Rosemary-Port Sauce, Hoisin-Glazed Meatloaf, and kid-friendly classics
such as Turkey Sloppy Joes and American Chop Suey.
With ideas this easy and this delicious, there's no reason to let the lunch box blues get you down."
About the author: J. M. Hirsch is
the national food editor for The Associated Press. He blogs about the trials,
tribulations and triumphs of his son’s lunches at LunchBoxBlues.com.
The site was the inspiration for his latest cookbook, Beating the
Lunch Box Blues. His previous books include High Flavor, Low
Labor: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking and Venturesome Vegan
Cooking. He lives in New Hampshire with his son, wife and too many cats.
co-author: Rachel Ray (Not joining us, unfortunately) has a wildly
successful career as a syndicated TV star, an iconic Food Network TV
personality, bestselling cookbook author, founder and editorial director
of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray", and founder
of the Yum-o! organization.
True Brew Cafe, a branch of True Brew Barista, enjoys space in our bookstore. They serve delicious coffee, tea, sandwiches, crepes, and much more. Now also with beer and wine! Have a real bookstore cafe experience.
It was a lot of fun being on The Exchange with Laura Knoy and Dan Chartrand on
Monday. It always feels like we should do an hour and a half, or two
hours; I'm always surprised when the time runs out. But we discussed a
lot of great books. The show and our lists are archived here.
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we'd had time to discuss. You'll find them on our front tables. First is
a marvelous collection of Emily Dickinson's poems: The Gorgeous Nothings.
This book is a facsimile of the great poet's "envelope poems," and at
first looks like ephemera, until you realize that this collection comes
closer than a standard collection does to show how Dickinson actually
created her poems. She was so far ahead of her time, and not really of
I also wish we'd had time to discuss two new books that had their origins in popular blogs: Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half, and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York.
Come take a look at them at the bookstore. They are very unusual.
Someone on your list is bound to want these books. Come talk to us about
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I say it's weird because there was no reason for it to be as good as it
is. It would have sold as a blank book. But here it is, the funniest
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