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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 1 edition (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744471
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Move over, brown bags. Bento box lunches are prettier, eco-friendly and just plain fun.”—Working Mother

“Jazz up your child's lunch box with cute little bento that are easier to make than you think.”—Mother Nature Network

Yum-Yum Bento Box is too cute for words.”—Modesto Bee

About the Author

Crystal Watanabe (a.k.a. Pikko) started making bento boxes for herself as a way to eat small, healthy portions, and she enjoyed it so much that she now shares her hobby with bento fans worldwide at her blog Adventures in Bentomaking (www.aibento.net). She lives in Hawaii with her husband and two children. Maki Ogawa (a.k.a. Luckysundae) is a Japanese mom who loves to make cute bento boxes for her two young boys, her husband, and herself. She shares her creations on Flickr and at her blog, Cute Obento (www.cuteobento.com).

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By Lucy on March 25 2014
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In the general rush of getting 5 of us off to work/school, worrying about the visual appeal of lunch box meals is usually the last thing on my mind. However, these cute ideas are so doable - especially when used as inspiration for your own favourite meals and foods (my girls are vegetarian, which these recipes are not). The author gives alternative suggestions for each recipe, as well as an initial section which gives general concepts and tips for creating your own bento meals. The fun is in exercising your creative muscles in a way that the business of life doesn't always encourage. The true joy comes in seeing my daughter's face light up. For one of my daughter's, this is truly her "language of love" - to know that I have spent time to make her something special and beautiful. This is food as love, and to know that she truly feels loved and pampered as she opens her lunch makes this worth a weekly (or monthly) splurge of time. For me, I wouldn't usually be bothered. To bring a smile to a loved one's face - these simple ideas are definitely worth it! Just one element in an otherwise regular lunch is fun and easy. Rice balls are a main element, and something new that we enjoy but haven't eaten at home before. But we like them!
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By ErikG TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 21 2013
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This book is full of insanely cute, colourful, fun and interesting animals and other items to spice up your child's lunchbox (or your own!).

Some of them are quite easy and can probably be assembled quite quickly assuming some preparation the night before. Most of them, however, are fairly involved and a lot of those require specialized equipment (egg presses, nori/hobby punches, etc) in order to get an effect similar to the book. The nori punches in particular are almost required as tiny pieces of it are used for eyes and other accents on a lot of the creatures.

In that way I've used the book mostly as inspiration for some of the dishes I make my daughter - I have not attempted to follow any one of the recipes all the way through as spending an hour to make a kid's lunch seems excessive. But that's okay, because it's given me creative ideas for ways of using rice and food colouring and what and how to shape in order to craft animal faces and other objects.
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The book is nice but I don't like the format, the book won't stay open unless you keep it tacked under something or maybe break it to stay open, so it is not easy to follow or kind of book you can take with you to the kitchen to follow the instructions...The pictures are great, lots of good ideas, but they may be rather time consuming so maybe you would go to it from time to time only not on regular basis...
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This is a great book! Lots of really cute ideas plus delicious recipes, I have enjoyed it a lot. I purchased everyday Bento as well and am very disappointed. It's just ideas, no recipes, if you are looking at just one book, YumYum is the way to go!
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By Emma on Sept. 4 2013
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This book is the perfect size and filled with many adorable ideas for bento boxes! The book came in perfect condition. I look forward to using it in the future. If you love creating bento boxes, consider buying this!
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I loved this book (O why did I have to give it away as a present)
Food can be ... fun and it can be interesting. This I thought is amazing.
As I wrapped it up to give away. You should love it.
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