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Modern Lunch: +100 Recipes For Assembling The New Midday Meal

byAllison Day

Hardcover | March 5, 2019

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From Allison Day, the acclaimed cookbook author and award-winning blogger behind Yummy Beet, comes Modern Lunch: a collection of over 100 original, plant-forward recipes that celebrate the midday meal.

Modern Lunch is the new lunchtime hero for time-strapped, budget-conscious, and salad-fatigued people everywhere. Focusing on healthy, quick--and, yes, Instagrammable--recipes with minimal effort, Allison takes readers on a feasting journey inspired by fresh flavors and ingredients, and her travels.

Meals in jars and adult-appropriate lunchboxes will actually make you look forward to lunch now, especially when recipes like Chicken and Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Peanut Butter Vinaigrette, Tomato Sourdough Soup with Cacio e Pepe Socca Triangles, and Walnut-Crusted Avocado, Feta, and Eggs with Pesto Rice are waiting for you. Find inspiration for delicious lunches to eat at home, too, like Greek Chopped Salad with Crispy Peppercorn Salmon, and a new take on the classic ploughman's lunch. Spend weekends with friends gathered around easy-to-assemble platters and picnic baskets, and enjoy homemade brunches that rival any restaurant's. And, if you're someone who likes to improvise, Allison shares her staple recipes and tried-and-tested strategies for mastering meal prep, as well as ideas and combinations for quick, on-the-fly lunches that encourage creativity but promise satisfaction--even if you have to dine at your desk.

With dazzling recipes and photography, and smart tips on hacking the lunchtime game, Modern Lunch proves that a delicious, exciting, and inventive lunch can be achievable for any appetite, wallet, and busy schedule--and maybe even spark a little office envy.
ALLISON DAY is a cookbook author, writer, editor, food stylist, and creator of the Taste Canada award-winning food blog Yummy Beet. Allison's third cookbook, Modern Lunch (Appetite, Penguin Random House Canada) will be released in the spring of 2019. Her first cookbook, Whole Bowls, and single-subject second cookbook, Purely Pumpkin, a...
Title:Modern Lunch: +100 Recipes For Assembling The New Midday MealFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:264 pages, 9.28 × 7.7 × 0.97 inShipping dimensions:9.28 × 7.7 × 0.97 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:Appetite by Random HouseLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Really Great Book I've been waiting for this new book from Allison after enjoying her first two so much (as do my friends and family). And it was worth the wait. It's a real stunner. Great recipes coupled with gorgeous photos and interesting prose. So happy to have this in my library of cook books. It will be a go to book for some time I'm sure.
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recipes, and a charming read Loved this cookbook. Great recipes, beautiful photographs, and a charming read, as we have come to expect from Allisons’ blog, and previous cookbooks. Try the springtime pasta salad, or the fragrantly spiced sheet pan Persian lemon chicken. You will be the envy of the office lunchroom!
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recipes, and a charming read Loved this cookbook. Great recipes, beautiful photographs, and a charming read, as we have come to expect from Allisons’ blog, and previous cookbooks. Try the springtime pasta salad, or the fragrantly spiced sheet pan Persian lemon chicken. You will be the envy of the office lunchroom!
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern Lunch - it’s made me excited about lunch again! This fresh new take on how to make delicious, visually appealing lunches at home, for work , even picnics has made me excited about doing something amazing for lunch that I actually look forward to all morning! The recipes are all appealing, unique and approachable, even for a kitchen novice like myself. The book itself is beautiful and a perfect, friendly size that makes you want to grab it and start on some new lunch challenges. I particularly like how every recipe not only gives serving size but how long it takes to make and how many days it will keep! The recipes have plenty of guidance on how to make it, with handy sidebar component details. I love this book!
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Beautiful book, easy to follow recipes that are really tasty!
Date published: 2019-03-17

Read from the Book

From the IntroductionLife is too short to eat a bad lunch. Yet, in our culture, the midday meal is a forgotten opportunity to reinvigorate ourselves with food that makes us happy and energized. It has to be fairly quick and easy, and that often means resorting to convenience foods. There seems to be no middle ground: it’s either buy lunch or pack something sad. So I’m here to help you formulate and practice new rituals (I know some of you are already on your way!) to make homemade, balanced, and delicious lunches materialize. I’m not suggesting that you have to cook a from-scratch, freshly prepared sit-down meal every day—it can be just as special when prepped ahead (your new “leftovers”), especially with a touch more attention and creativity put into the ingredients used, presentation, and packing than what we’re used to. I promise, the reclamation of lunch is simple! Like most kids, I found discovering what was in my packed school lunch a thrill. My parents would send me to school with sandwiches of iceberg lettuce, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise on squishy whole-wheat sandwich bread, alternating only with peanut butter and honey or peanut butter and banana (which I still really enjoy). After the main course, there was always a treat of some kind, usually a small bag of cookies or chips, and a piece of fruit. And it was all stowed away in worn (clean yet always oddly cloudy) plastic containers that circulated between my older brother, me, and finally my younger sister, until they were retired to the recycling bin when they became officially too warped to snap shut. As my eating preferences have changed, so have my lunches. However, the midday meal continues to have a hint of delicious nostalgia for me, not simply for the food but for the community it builds. Breakfast and dinner are often family affairs, while lunch is a break in our day when most of us are connecting with friends, colleagues, or someone who happens to be enjoying their meal on the same park bench. I’ve made friends with strangers by simply asking, “What’s for lunch?” Lunch is a meal that needs a fresh coat of paint, a meal that deserves the same respect dinner receives, while still embracing the casualness of breakfast. To me, the story of lunch as it’s enjoyed today has yet to be told. Yes, it’s a break in the day to replenish the body and mind, even if you’re devouring a cup of noodles “al desko,” an Oxford English Dictionary-defined word (you’re welcome!). It’s a way to travel and taste a range of global flavors, all without a plane ticket. A homemade lunch saves you money, helps you eat healthier (made easier still with the recipes in this book), and gives you a swift boost to reenergize your day. And it’s a meal where the lighting is just so perfect for capturing a photo to share on Instagram (I do, @allisondaycooks). But it can be more than this, too. I’d like to introduce you to the “modern lunch.” A modern lunch is special, simple, (mostly) make-ahead, healthy, share-worthy, community building, money saving, colorful, and delicious. It culls inspiration from world cuisines, is adaptable to your personal taste and pantry, and is always satisfying. It can be enjoyed at your desk, in the lunchroom, on a bench outside, at home, on the road, on a picnic blanket, in the car, at a set table, or on your lap in front of the TV. A modern lunch can be about connectedness: it’s a time to put yourself out there, socialize, and make new friends or bond with old ones. Done with intention and meaning, the modern lunch should get you excited about a quality midday meal!

Editorial Reviews

“With a balance of aspirational beauty and real-world usefulness, Modern Lunch is both the respite from and solution to the busy-day excuse of missing a midday meal. What’s more, the book embodies a cooking ethos in line with how many of us already live, favoring vibrant, vegetable-forward meals, and building-block larder and pantry staples to enliven our everyday. Allison’s addition of sweet potato to a ramen broth is a revelation, offering depth and weight with little effort. The fried lemons from her Broccoli and Rigatoni Minestrone are now my go-to garnish for all manner of soups and salads, with their addictive char and sour-sweet brightness. And, I have no doubt the Basil Chicken Wraps will soon be in my sons’ lunchboxes. This book is full of such gems.”—Tara O’Brady, blogger and author of Seven Spoons   “Is it possible that Allison has just made lunch—the chore of all chores for a parent like me—the most exciting meal of the day? This book is bursting with flavor, inspiration, and most of all encouragement to make the midday meal something to savor.” —Ceri Marsh, co-author of How to Feed a Family and The School Year Survival Cookbook   “Looks like breakfast is going to have to relinquish its title: Lunch is now The Most Important Meal of the Day. Every page of Allison’s book, Modern Lunch, is so fresh, inventive and downright mouthwatering I find myself just counting down the minutes until the clock strikes noon!” —Rosie Daykin, owner of Butter Baked Goods and author of Butter Baked Goods and Butter Celebrates!   “Allison Day’s Modern Lunch is a tome of healthful lunch ideas that are flexible enough for a seasoned cook and detailed enough for an aspiring one. It reminds us how lovely it is to be inspired by every meal, and every bite.” —Jackie Kai Ellis, founder of Beaucoup Bakery and author of The Measure of My Powers“Modern Lunch will not only have you totally rethink lunch, it will become the go-to cookbook you didn’t even know you were missing. Overflowing with vibrant photography, mouth-watering recipes and practical tips and advice, this truly modern cookbook will make the midday meal the one you look forward to the most. Whether you eat lunch from home, in an office or in the moments the traffic light is red, Allison has a remarkably delicious solution. Her timeless recipes are simple, practical and completely inspiring. From a California Lunch Bowl with the brightest of dressings to a Savory Vegetable Cobbler you will want to serve to your favorite guests, Allison Day’s Modern Lunch is full of inspiration, gorgeousness and soul-satisfying food that will delight you at lunch and beyond.”—Lisa Dawn Bolton, Food Stylist and Author of On Boards“Allison Day sees lunchtime as an opportunity to eat well, whether you’re at home or at the office.” —Julie Van Rosendaal, The Globe and Mail