Cooking & Entertaining

The Portable Feast: Creative Meals for Work and Play

Brilliant solutions for making packed meals that are as inventive as they are convenient. Whether you’re planning a picnic in the park, taking lunch on the plane, making a bag for the kids, or eating al desko—there’s no reason you have to sacrifice taste or health. A packed meal can be an extraordinarily delicious meal. The Portable Feast offers up more than one hundred recipes for inventive, wholesome dishes that are ready to roam. Preparing food in advance does come with its own set of challenges, but author Jeanne Kelley has done all the work to figure out ingenious solutions. You’ll find here the secrets to packing salads so they stay crisp, layering the various components in a jar to be tossed together at the last minute. Recipes in the book are vegetable-forward and feature a selection of brilliant grain bowls built to go—a more filling type of salad built on a heartier foundation. Behind The Portable Feast is a spirit of adventure: good food shouldn’t be limited to the dining room. Why not ramp up your next concert in the park with Beet Hummus with Herbs End a romantic dejeuner sur l’herbe with Banoffee Pie Jars. Create envy at the office with a Chia Yogurt Parfait. Sandwiches mix up smart new combinations and forms such as Beet and Ricotta, Roast Squash with Almond Chermoula, or Banh Mi Subs. The Portable Feast is about striking the right balance—between work and play, healthy and indulgent—and creating food people want to cook and can take wherever they go.

About The Author

Jeanne Kelley is the author of Salad for Dinner. Her writing has been published in Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit, where she was a contributor for more than twenty years.

  • Publish Date: April 12, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Methods - Quick & Easy
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 7-3/4 x 9-3/4
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $35.00
  • CDN Price: $35.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4747-1


"[Jeanne Kelley's] solutions include lots of food in jars, from soup in a thermos to layered salads, parfaits and fruit crumbles in canning jars. [The Portable Feast includes] recipes for gourmet sandwiches and wraps, hand pies, cakes and cookies, plus an entire chapter of themed picnic menus."

Praise for Jeanne Kelley’s Salad for Dinner:
 “Jeanne Kelley is not like you and me. The greens she grows in her backyard garden are vivid as a Cezanne dream of lettuce, and the eggs laid by her chickens could blind you if you looked directly into the yolk. But her real genius is in assemblage, the ability to transform a seemingly random plateful of vegetation into a composition perfectly evocative of the season.” —Jonathan Gold, food critic for The Los Angeles Times
Praise for Jeanne Kelley’s Salad for Dinner:
"Whether you're making a weeknight dinner for the family or a weekend party for a crowd, this is the book you'll reach for time and again.”
—Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table

Praise for Jeanne Kelley’s Salad for Dinner:
“I love the clean, simple sophistication of the book, and the recipes are innovative as well as informative. This book will inspire you to cook, garden, entertain, and appreciate all the joys of living.”
—Suzanne Tracht, chef/owner of Jar, Los Angeles

Author Bookshelf: Jeanne Kelley