“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
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!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hello, Obento! An Introduction to Japanese Lunches
Packing a Bento Box
Bento Boxes, Tools, and Accessories
Ingredients for Happy Faces
Cuties & Critters
Eek! A Mouse!
Kitty Cat & Goldﬁsh
Teddy Bear Grilled Cheese
Enchanted Forest Friends
Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
I’m Bringin’ Home a Baby Bumblebee!
The Ladybug Picnic
Little Red Hen
Little Red Riding Hood
Magical Spring Flowers
Teeny Tiny Polar Bear
Three Little Pigs
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Special Day Treats
Beach Party Hot Dog
Best Friend Bears
I ❤ You
Rainy Day Umbrellas
Additional Recipes for Mini Snacks and Save-It-for-Later Lunches
How to Make a Hatching Chick
Metric Conversion Chart
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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This is a great book for everyone who is enthusiastic about bentoing. As a long time follower of her blog, I'm glad that Crystal "Pikko" Watanabe can finally share her bentos with the rest of the world. This book contains only a fraction of the ones she has posted on her blog which can be found at http://www.aibento.net/ This book of full of interesting and inventive techniques to decorate your food. Plus it is easy to use and fun to do. Perfect for the experienced bento maker or someone just starting out.
Erika88 might make kawaii bento and read the Japanese book, but she is missing one key point: Akinoichigo endorses this very book on her own site. http://aichigo.blog109.fc2.com/blog-entry-1033.html Reading her blog, it's obvious Akinoichigo is friends with the author so who knows if they share recipes or have similar styles in some respects. The only suspicious activity here is Erika88 signing up at every outlet this book is sold at to accuse them of plagiarism like some kind of psychopath. Bottom line, the book is great. I live in Japan, and my wife is a big fan of cooking, so she is always picking up books like this and browsing cooking blogs. We now have this bento book as well, and she loves it. She uses it often to make various bentos to bring with her to work, and from what she tells me, they get a good reception.
I wanted this book for so long, but I have to admit I didn't think it was anything I'd be able to pull off. I still haven't tried anything yet, but the difference is now I think I can. They break down lots of recipes to make these cute little bento lunches. They go into the history a bit, and all the tools of the trade. Then they give cost cutting ideas to get the same effect without having to buy a whole new kitchen. Crystal and Maki also encourage creativity and use of leftovers as well as balancing out the meal. I also thought I'd need to get a special bento box, but this is another myth they slash. There are traditional and contemporary boxes, but you can simply buy a small storage container as well. Thanks goodness, I have boxes on hand for that. I'm really looking forward to making these during time off from school, while we go on our adventures instead of just getting fast food. The small storage would easily pack up into coolers for us to enjoy later on.
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I make kawaii obento and read the Japanese books about bento box by famous "akinoichigo". Yum-Yum Bento Box copied recipes, some exact same design as in the Japanese books. The 2 penguins exact same as the "akinoichigo" 2 penguins in her book "?????????????????". Entire book, style is exact same. Not recommend this book. Not original, you can read Japanese obento book instead!