Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America

Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America

by Linda Furiya
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Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ADHDShopaholic More than 1 year ago
...into how different life must have been for a Japanese family living in America at that time. I lived in Tokyo for several years and truly felt like a fish out of water, but at least many people there speak English and I could always find "American" food. The author of this book opened my heart and my eyes to what "the flip side" is like. I couldn't put this book down! I strongly recommend this for book club reading!
GeomomMA More than 1 year ago
After finishing Bill Bryson's book "A Walk in the Woods" for the fourth time, I was desperate for something to read and found Linda Furiya's book at the library. What a treat! Ms. Furiya writing is descriptive, humorous and thoughtful. I enjoy books by Ruth Reichl, Linda Greenlaw, Bill Bryson and Jim Mullen. Now Linda Furiya is added to the list. Her parents immigrated from Japan (actually her father was from the US but grew up in Japan) and settled in Indiana. While they assimilated in some ways, their traditions, cuisine, and physical appearance made them stand out as different from the "white bread farmer" community they lived in. As a tween/teen trying to fit in with the crowd, this was a source of embarassement for the author. Descriptions of the foods they enjoyed will make you hungry and recipes are interspersed throughout the book. This is a book we are adding to our collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**disappointing** I love food memoirs and Japanese food and culture so I fully expected to love Bento Box in the Heartland and hand out 5-stars. However, the book was quite disappointing. The words "a food memoir" appear right on the front cover but I definitely don't consider this a life story told via food. The first half of the book covers Linda's life from ages 7 - 10. The second half covers the ages of 14 - 18. In both parts, the story isn't always told in a chronological manner -- this is most noticeable in the second half where there is a lot of jumping back into her younger years. There isn't always a flow or transition from one chapter to the next --and the last few chapters are quite muddled and rushed. Since this is a "food memoir," each chapter concludes with a recipe. Unfortunately, one of the recipes appears twice. I have no idea how an editor failed to catch that. It also would have been nice if there was a list of the recipes and their page numbers. I did spend hours at a time reading Bento Box in the Heartland and I did, for the most part, enjoy my time reading (especially since there were a few stand-out chapters). But ultimately I'm disappointed. I was expecting so much more -- definitely more stories about food and I would have liked more depth to some of the storytelling. Sadly, Bento Box in the Heartland just wasn't as spectacular or as epic as I was expecting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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