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, are both out now. She's contributed to and been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Vegetarian Times, Food Network Canada, SHAPE, FLARE, and more. Allison lives in Ontario, Canada and London, United Kingdom.
“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