Thursday, December 5, 2013

Over the Counter #191

What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner. Well, I have to tell you - I wasn't looking forward to what I packed for lunch this day. Or really any day lately - it seems I keep packing the same thing over and over again....

First up was Beating the Lunchbox Blues: Fresh Ideas For Lunches on the Go by J. M. Hirsch.

From the publisher Simon and Schuster:

"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 delicious.

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."

And maybe a home made muffin for break time?

Moufflet: More Than 100 Gourmet Muffin Recipes That Rise to Any Occasion by Kelly Jaggers.

From the publisher Adams Media:

"You'll Love This If:

  • You love baking desserts
  • You enjoy gourmet muffins
    In this muffin cookbook, you'll find enough gourmet muffins to entertain your every tastebud. Whether you're looking for the perfect side for a special dinner or a delightful dessert to end your soiree, the scrumptious ingredients in these recipes are sure to leave you wanting more.

    You and your guests won't be able to resist nibbling on sweet and savory muffins like:
    Ascarpone Pound Cake, Pepper Jack Chorizo, Double Shot Espresso And Many More!"

    (Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come to the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But...I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

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