" [ Everyday Bento ] is packed with ideas for fun, delicious lunches."—AlphaMom.com
Your kids will look forward to what's in their lunchbox 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:
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 bento 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 !
|Edition description:||Paperback with Flaps|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.