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Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go
     

Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go

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by Wendy Thorpe Copley
 

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Your kids will look forward to lunch every single day with the delightful collection of recipes in Everyday Bento!

The bento food movement teaches us that foods can be attractive, nutritious, fun and delicious all at the same time. Kids love to try foods that bring a smile to their faces, and will often eat things they wouldn't otherwise try. For example

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Your kids will look forward to lunch every single day with the delightful collection of recipes in Everyday Bento!

The bento food movement teaches us that foods can be attractive, nutritious, fun and delicious all at the same time. Kids love to try foods that bring a smile to their faces, and will often eat things they wouldn't otherwise try. For example, they'll love an adorable bear cub made from brown bread, peanut butter and jelly nestled on a bed of blueberries. Cut watermelon into hearts, and tuck them next to a ham sandwich shaped like ballet slippers for your budding ballerina. Create building bricks from healthy cheese, carrots and cucumbers—or a hot dog octopus, swimming across a sea of cucumber. Picky eaters or not, they'll try it!

Wendy Thorpe Copley writes the popular bento blog Wendolonia, which takes the traditional Japanese concept of bento—a single meal packed at home in a reusable container—and Americanizes it. Using simple ingredients found in any grocery store, Wendy creates entertaining meals that are sure to delight even the most finicky eater. Some of the fun and easy bento creations here include:

  • Princess Bento
  • Rock and Roll Bento
  • Snowman Bento
  • Butterfly Bento
  • Farm Yard Animals Bento

Besides being great fun to look at, bento lunches are a healthy way to enjoy food while keeping portions in check. Freshly-prepared lunches packed in portable, reusable boxes are also kind to the environment and easy on the wallet—very important in today's economy. Everyday Bento teaches you a few simple techniques to make creative lunches, all in a reasonable time-frame for busy working parents.

The 50 bento meals in this cookbook feature familiar foods with fun themes that will appeal to children and adults alike. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions to recreate each bento box, or mix and match different elements from the book to make your own unique creations. Make lunch fun again with Everyday Bento!

Editorial Reviews

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"Blogger Wendy Copley, author of Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go, provides the basics on these packed meals, common in Japan, where devoted moms will sometimes spend an hour or more transforming rice and ordinary lunch ingredients into elaborate animals and cartoon characters." —Chicago Tribune

"Everyday Bento will show you how easy it can be to make fun lunches your kids will look forward to eating every day." —EasyLunchBoxes.com blog

"Copley's clear, simple instructions and creative approach will help you produce adorable boxed lunches with a variety of healthful fresh foods. I'm looking at my cookie cutters, Play-doh tools, and kitchen containers in a whole new light!" —Heather Gibbs Flett, co-author of The Rookie Moms Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know

"Wendy Thorpe Copley is the Willie Wonka of school lunches. Her fun, colorful, and whimsical bento lunches are guaranteed to entice even the pickiest eaters to gobble up a wide array of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains happily. Her strawberry mice, fish-shaped carrots, and chicks made from hard-cooked eggs are an absolute feast for the senses." —Liz Weiss, MS, RD, co-author of No Whine with Dinner

"Who knew lunch-packing could be this much fun? Everyday Bento is packed with inspiring ideas that have me looking forward to packing lunches for my kids! The photos are so delightful—I have a whole new perspective on what can go into a lunchbox." —Whitney Moss, co-author of The Rookie Moms Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know

"Banish the boring with the following hip lunch bags, boxes and totes—and get your kids to eat better in the process." —Washington Post

"If you make lunches, you definitely need a copy. If you have picky eaters, you need this book. If you just like to play with food and make cool things for your kids, you should probably check it out as well." —HeyJenRenee.com blog

"Full of colorful and creative kid's lunch ideas, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, Wendy does a beautiful job inspiring beginning and pro cute-lunch-makers alike." —MakerMama.com blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462912933
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
120
File size:
13 MB
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Meet the Author

Wendy Thorpe Copley was introduced to the art of bento when her husband gave her a bento box for Christmas. Since then, she has packed thousands of bento lunches for her family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

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Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the ebook version for my nook. I am a big bento fan and do not consider myself a beginner. I would give this book to someone intersted in starting to make bentos. There is no complicated recipies or fancy knife work involved. This book is great because it deals with western foods and things that are easy to find in american grocery stores. Other bento books have adorable lunches, but I often have to substitute foods that are hard to find in the midwest. All the foods are familiar, which is a plus if you have a picky eater. Since the foods are mostly whole foods, there are only a few recipies included, all beginner level. It has a nice balance of boy/girl/gender nutral lunch options. The majority of the book has child inspired lunches, but there is a section the offers grown-up bento boxes. (let's be honest... you plan to make the cute lunches for yourself, too.) My only mild complaint is that some lunches require different cutter shapes, like a squirrel cookie cutter. Although there are options around this, I can see a beginner not wanting to invest into such a unique item. However, I consider this to be a hobby and like most hobbies, the more interested you are the more money you will invest. To recap; a good beginner bento book if you would like ideas on how to fill those boxes and learn the how-to's of bento building. Mostly kid friendly lunches with western foods and no scary sounding ingredients.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Do you know the way to make a quick, healthy, and fun lunch that looks nice? Well, if not, have you ever tried bento? You don’t know what bento means? Bento is a Japanese style meal that is packed into a box and able to be taken along with you. This book gives you simple recipes on how to make bento box meals with American items and a lot of fun! What I Thought- This was a nice recipe book. Ms. Copley has written a comprehensive guide to making bento boxes for the beginners. The recipes are simple and really easy to understand. This isn’t really a kids book but I bet any kid would love to get packed lunches like the ones pictures in the book! Plus it makes a great parent kids activity – making great lunches! The book covers the basics and the tools you might want to get to make the fun shapes and molds. Some of the recipes are more complicated than others, and would take more time to make, but you can get some great ideas from it. There are easy-to-follow instructions and pictures. All in all, this is a really nice book! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample is useless, so just buy the whole book. I'm sure this book in its entirety is wonderful, and I plan to get it someday. But the sample gives the reader nothing but publishing and a table of contents -- no real content about bentos, like a sample recipe, etc. I wish I could rate it higher, but based upon the free bit, I cannot. If reviews could be updated, I'd increase the star rating after checking out the full book.