Good in the Sack: Creative Lunches for All Ages

If you’re like me, by the time November rolls around you’re starting to run out of fresh ideas for your kids’ lunch sacks, as well as your own. But don’t fret! Lunch is about to become everyone’s favorite meal of the day, because the library is here to help take your lunch-packing skills to a whole new level. There are options here for everyone! And even a book of patterns for crafting a fancy handmade lunch sack to carry your new tasty lunches in.

First of all, it’s a good idea to invest in some re-usable lunchware. Taking a cue from traditional Japanese bento boxes, there are some great stackable containers with partitions for those folks in your house who don’t like their food items rubbing up against each other. There are many affordable options, including glass containers with rubber lids as well as metal containers, if you are seeking to avoid plastic.

Secondly, don’t be boxed in by your old ideas of what a lunch box should contain! You are in control of your daily food adventures, so why suffer repetition and boredom?

Thirdly, get your hands on one or more of these titles, stock your pantry accordingly, and get ready to get creative. Also, don’t forget muffin, wrap and salad cookbooks, as well as cookbooks featuring recipes for picnickers and backpackers. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for the variety!

  1. Lunch Bags! Handmade Sacks and Wraps to Sew Today by Design Collective (2010)
  2. Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch (2013)
  3. Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Sullivan Morford (2013)
  4. The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go by Makiko Itoh (2010)
  5. 501 Bento Box Lunches by Mari Baker (2009)
  6. Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann (2009)
  7. Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box by Catherine McCord (2013)
  8. And for any finicky young eaters in your house, I recommend Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban (1964). Though it’s not a cookbook, the lunches that Frances’ friend Albert brings to school have stayed fresh in my mind since I first read it over 30 years ago!

– Jenni


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