Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches

Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches

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by Crystal Watanabe, Maki Ogawa
     
 

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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

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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!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594746505
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
276,682
File size:
17 MB
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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
     Baby Bear
     Caterpillar
     Chickens
     Eek! A Mouse!
     Fluffy Lamb
     Frogs
     Guardian Angel
     Hawaii Sun
     Hungry Fishy
     Kitty Cat & Goldfish
     Miss Octopus
     Piggy Burgers
     Polar Bear
     Retro Girls
     Sandwich Cuties
     Sunbathing Crabs
     Teddy Bear Grilled Cheese
     Tiger Cubs
     Walruses
Fairy-Tale Friends
     Enchanted Forest Friends
     Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail
     Goldilocks and the Three Bears
     I’m Bringin’ Home a Baby Bumblebee!
     The Ladybug Picnic
     Little Elves
     Little Red Hen
     Little Red Riding Hood
     Magical Spring Flowers
     Mushroom Friends
     Musubi Man
     Peter Pan
     Redheaded Princess
     Secret Garden
     Teeny Tiny Polar Bear
     Three Little Pigs
     Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Special Day Treats
     Autumn Leaves
     Beach Party Hot Dog
     Best Friend Bears
     Birthday Present
     Boy’s Day
     Car Trip
     Christmas Penguins
     Early-Bird Omelet
     Easter Baskets
     Girl’s Day
     I ❤ You
     Pancake Mouse
     Pizza Party!
     Rainy Day Umbrellas
     Sailboat
     Snow Day
     Sports
     Summertime Sammies
     Sunny-Side Up
Additional Recipes for Mini Snacks and Save-It-for-Later Lunches
How to Make a Hatching Chick
Shopping Guide
Glossary
Metric Conversion Chart
Acknowledgments

Meet 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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Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CactusLeaf More than 1 year ago
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.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
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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Erika88 More than 1 year ago
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!