- All the "recipes" are super-simple and call for only a handful of ingredients that you're likely to have on hand.
- The entire cookbook works from a only a handful of ingredients that you're likely to have on hand. (No tracking down weird foods/spices that you can only find at a Mediterranean specialty shop, for instance. I'm looking at you, Martha.)
- I feel like most kids truly will love most all of the meal ideas.
- No bento-boxing. No tracking down cutesy little cookie cutters to cut your cheese into stars and flowers. These lunches can be assembled in 10 minutes or less.
- Photographs of about 1/3 of the recipes. I like photographs so that I can know how things are supposed to turn out. And a majority of the "recipes" in this book are sandwiches, so you don't really need photos.
- Almost all the meal ideas are nut-free, or could easily be adapted to be nut-free. I know someone who has to pack nut-free lunches for one of her kids and this might help get her creative juices flowing.
- All the recipes are super-simple and kind of no-brainers. Like, I don't need a cookbook to tell me that putting cream cheese between two slices of blueberry bread would be a delicious sandwich idea. Also, that peanut butter, honey, and whole fruit slices works. I already know that.
- Photographs of only about 1/3 of the recipes. The more photos you put in your cookbook, the higher I'll rate it. Yes, they're sandwiches and probably don't need photographed, but still I stick to my guns: photo it all!!!
- I found ONE new-to-me thing to try in the whole frigging book. Like I said above, I already do most of the sandwich ideas. And I'm not even stretching my brain when I do them.
The one thing I tried? Pinwheels. Puff pastry sheet sprinkled with meat and cheese, rolled up, sliced, and baked. I actually tried one of the variations on the recipe as written in the book, so I did shredded cheddar and crumbled bacon. They're pretty tasty! The hubby had some last night with dinner, and I brought some for my lunch today. They were also super simple to make, so it's something I could regularly keep around.
So overall, this cookbook was "meh" for me. I could definitely see how it could help actual moms pack actual kids' lunches (as opposed to this grown up packing a grown up lunch) so I'll give it 3 of 5 stars.
*I received my copy of The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet from my local library.