Dictator Lunches: Inspired Meals That Will Compel Even the Toughest of (Tyrants) Children


Dictator Lunches

Inspired Meals That Will Compel Even the Toughest of Tyrants Children

Any parent will tell you that raising dictators… errr, children … can be challenging. Thankfully Jenny Mollen — New York Times bestselling author, media darling, and Instagram personality behind @dictatorlunches — takes the power struggle out of mealtime with this inspired collection of 40 recipes, from filling breakfasts to healthy snacks, dinners, and desserts—with a special emphasis on solving the age-old problem of school lunch.

Dictator Lunches will soon become your secret weapon in the kitchen. Mollen shares her foolproof method for packing winning lunches along with easy-to-master techniques that will transform ordinary ingredients into adorable edible art. With her trademark playfulness and whimsy, Mollen turns meals into feasts fit for any autocrat, no matter how demanding.

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“Sid, or, as I lovingly refer to him, ‘the dictator,’ rarely finishes any meal, and that’s okay. My goal isn’t to stuff him like a foie gras goose, it’s just to expose him to things and, truth be told, to entertain him. That is how empires are won and salad eaters are made: brick by brick, seaweed snack by seaweed snack.”

—Jenny Mollen


Drew Barrymore“Jenny makes all of us moms wanna be more creative! Her humor and inventiveness are such a winning combination. I love this amazing method of edible food art she has brought to life. It makes us all smile and cheer.”


Kristen Bell“Jenny’s innovative and tasty recipes are a gift to parents and little ones, wrapped up lovingly in sardonic humor. Her approach to nourishing her kids is relatable and clever, and I can’t wait to try her tricks to broaden my own little dicta – tors’ culinary horizons! Wish me luck!”


Daphne Oz“With her signature cool-mom vibes and boundless wit, Jenny spares us the daily struggles and tackles our most tyrannically tough customers’ taste buds with meals that are inventive, easy, and will actually be eaten! As a mom of four, I love Dictator Lunches for the way it approaches nutritious, delicious food with plenty of creativity and laughs—so that even if we lose a few I-hate-broccoli battles, we may ultimately win the (happily adventurous, healthy eater) war!”


Jenny shows Rachael Ray and Drew how to lunch it up

On The Drew Barrymore Show, Jenny teaches Drew and Rachael Ray how to make their own Dictator Lunches, and Jason Biggs comes out to assist with the taste testing.

Dictator Lunches: Inspired Meals That Will Compel Even the Toughest of (Tyrants) Children

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