Weeknight Cooking

How to Pack Lunch in the Heat

July 18, 2013

Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration. 

Amanda's Kids' Lunch from Food52

It's been damn hot in New York, so I've been packing lighter salads for my kids' camp lunches. For instance: this beet salad with sliced cucumber, and a hard-boiled egg topped with leftover green sauce from a dinner party and pickled onions. To keep my kids' lives in balance, a chocolatey chocolate chip cookie was in order.

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Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


Erika September 18, 2013
But how how how do you keep the food cold!! Food safe temps are a tough thing to maintain...sigh...
Amanda H. September 18, 2013
I'm a bit European about these matters -- my kids get to school at 9 and eat lunch at 11, so I figure the cold water bottle in the lunch box keeps the temp relatively cool. But you can definitely add an ice pack if you're nervous.
lunalovegood July 19, 2013
Looks delicious. Amanda, what do you typically feed your kids for breakfast? Just out of curiosity.
Amanda H. July 19, 2013
My husband, Tad, is in charge of breakfast, and he usually serves them toast with butter and jam, or granola.