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Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches [Paperback]

Crystal Watanabe , Maki Ogawa
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Book Description

July 1 2010
Oh, boy—obento! These yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers create them as expressions of love for their children. With Yum-Yum Bento Box, Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa devote an entire cookbook to these delicious and adorable meals for all ages! Learn how to craft your favorite foods into a variety of shapes—from caterpillars, cars, and puppy dogs to pretty flowers, princesses, and kitty cats.
Yum-Yum Bento Box features chapters on Cuties & Critters, Fairy-Tale Friends, and Special Day Treats, plus a handy shopping guide, easy recipes for mini snacks, general tips and tricks, and so much more. Stop wasting money on pre-packaged lunches—and start making beautiful, healthy bentos!

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet! March 25 2014
By Lucy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable but somewhat impractical 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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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic June 19 2014
this is a really useful book. there are so many cute bento sample..... very very useful and very very nice
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of nice pictures, great ideas March 27 2014
By Noemi
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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