Jennifer McCann is the woman who first introduced me to vegan food blogs. Checking out her daily descriptions of her son’s grade 1 lunches became a regular part of my lunch-time routine. I enjoyed comparing what I was eating to what Shmoo was tucking into. Although, we were both eating healthy, vegan meals, his was always more interesting. Mine never had daikon cut into little flowers or crackers shaped like fish shaped.
After a year of tantalizing her readers with enticing meals, Jennifer compiled her recipes into her first book Vegan Lunch Box. Lucky for lunch-eaters (the recipes actually work for anytime of day) everywhere Jennifer did not stop her culinary exploits after her first book’s release. Instead, she turned her attention to the delicious flavours available in cultures around the world. In her first book she shared her favourite recipes for child-friendly meals. Her second book, Vegan Lunch Box Around the World uses satisfying lunch menus to take us all on a journey through The U.S.A, Canada, Central and South America, The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, India, Africa, Asia, Australia and Japan. Each themed meal celebrates traditional treats and inventive variations on current cultural cuisines. You can prepare the entire menu or just enjoy individual recipes for hearty stews, savory sides, decadent desserts, snacks and much more.
The recipes are designed to store well and use ingredients that appeal to a wide range of tastes. With Jennifer’s newest book you can explore the world from your cubicle, or introduce your family to menus that can inspire discussions about how others live (and eat) around the globe. The only issue I had was Jennifer’s use of sugar in many recipes. I do my best to avoid processed sweeteners but I think Jennifer’s recipes are versatile enough that a simple substitution would suffice.
You will also love playing with Jennifer’s ideas for playful garnishes and her suggestions for styling your food into interesting designs. I would love to open up my lunchbox one day and see a tofu tiger staring back at me.
Here are some of the delicious recipes I have tried so far: