Debatably, the most depressing part about having to hold down an office job -- aside from the soul-crushing lack of daily freedom, draconian dress codes, and having to sign birthday cards for people you don't like -- are the pathetic office lunches: bologna sandwiches, reheated pasta, and of course, the deplorable microwaved tuna fish.
But it doesn't have to be this way. You can, in fact, add a dose of fun to your (probably) miserable day. Lunchtime should be your time, a daily excuse to break free of the shackles of the capitalist hamster wheel, and devour something actually worth eating. We talked to a gaggle of industry professionals and chefs, and asked them how they would approach the daily slog of office lunches.
Below are full-blown recipes, quick tips to help improve myriad boring office meals, and general opinions on how to make your lunch break a little better.
Your job might suck, but your lunch doesn't have to.