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|Author||: Makiko Itoh|
|Editor||: Vertical Inc|
Bento fever has recently swept across the West, fuelled not just by an interest in cute, decorative food, but by the desire for an economical, healthy approach to eating in these times of recession. A leading light in the popularization of bento has been Makiko Itoh, whose blog, Just Bento, boasts hundreds of thousands of subscribers, all of whom love her delicious recipes and practical bento-making tips. Now, for the first time, Itoh's expertise has been packaged in book form. The Just Bento Cookbook contains twenty-five attractive bento menus and more than 150 recipes, all of which have been specially created for this book and are divided into two main sections, Japanese and Not-so-Japanese. The Japanese section includes classic bento menus such as Salted Salmon Bento and Chicken Karaage Bento, while the Not-so-Japanese section shows how Western food can be adapted to the bento concept, with delicious menus such as Summer Vegetable Gratin Bento and Everyone Loves a Pie Bento. In addition to the recipes, Itoh includes sections on bento-making equipment, bento staples to make and stock, basic cooking techniques, and a glossary. A planning-chart section is included, showing readers how they might organize their weekly bento making. In a market full of bento books that emphasize the cute and the decorative, this book stands out for its emphasis on the health and economic benefits of the bento, and for the very practical guidelines on how to ensure that a daily bento lunch is something that can easily be incorporated into anyone's lifestyle. This is the perfect book for the bento beginner, but will also provide a wealth of new bento recipe ideas and tips for Just Bento aficionados.
|Author||: Megumi Fujii|
|Editor||: Vertical Incorporated|
Everyday millions of Japanese people, young and old, leave their homes with a bento in hand. Bento (boxed lunches) are handmade every morning packed with tender-loving care to give their recipients a warm-hearted well-needed boast to finish off the day. In her first English-language release, TV chef and nutritionist Megumi Fujii has prepared 72 mouth-watering box lunch recipes that are easy to make but are over-flowing with the hearty-goodness that is essential in every Japanese bento. Her Ten-minute bento will not rely on visual designs seen on Flickr streams or on blogs. Instead she focuses on sharing everyday Japanese dishes created to satiate hunger and satisfy an ever expanding Japanese palette. Featured dishes: Mushroom Hamburg Steak Easy Korean Bibimbap Colorful Eggs & Ham Yuzu Chicken Avocado Salad Sandwich Open-face Spring Roll Bento Chicken Cutlet Bento Beef Bowl Bento Chicken Teriyaki Bento Salads Radish & Buckwheat Noodle Salad French Toast Salad Chinese-style Noodle Salad Desserts Cheesecake Balls Petite Muffins
|Author||: Kanae Inoue|
|Editor||: Tuttle Publishing|
A collection of family-friendly, easy and inexpensive recipes used and honed over many years by Japanese mom Kanae Inoue. Real Bento is packed with the time-saving tricks that allow you to make bento box lunches each morning in just 10 minutes, using ingredients and recipes that will satisfy the whole family! The recipes are presented by flavor type and key ingredient, so it's easy for parents to find dishes their kids will love. In Real Bento, Inoue presents 200 recipes, divided into "main dishes" and "sides" for 22 completed bento boxes. The colorful photos and step-by-step instructions make this an incredibly practical and easy-to-use resource for busy households! In her recipes, Inoue places great emphasis on healthy, fresh and colorful foods that look and taste great when presented together. Her recipes include Japanese favorites and original recipes like: Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers Ginger Salmon Broccoli and Pasta Salad Beef and Egg Stir Fry Inoue got hooked on bento fifteen years ago, when she began making daily bento box lunches for her husband and herself to take to work, and later for their three children to take to school. She sees bento box lunches as a way of saving money and getting her family to eat fresher, healthier meals. This beginning bento book is a perfect tool for getting lunches packed and a family out the door on a busy morning!
|Author||: Crystal Watanabe,Maki Ogawa|
|Editor||: Quirk Books|
This book makes creating colorful, cute, and tasty Japanese-style lunches easy and fun! 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 to make the yummy, healthy lunches that are all the rage in Japan. Featuring 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, Yum-Yum Bento Box is the perfect guide for beginner bento makers and expert chefs alike. Stop wasting money on pre-packaged lunches—and start making beautiful, healthy bentos! Includes: · An introduction to Japanese Lunches · Packing a Bento Box · Bento Boxes, Tools, And Accessories · Ingredients · Cuties & Critters · Fairy-Tale Friends · Special-Day Treats
|Author||: Wendy Copley|
|Editor||: Tuttle Publishing|
"[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: 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 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!
|Author||: Makiko Itoh|
|Editor||: Vertical Inc|
The author of the best-selling Just Bento Cookbook is back with hundreds of delicious new Japanese-lunchbox-style recipes — including many low-carb, vegetarian, and vegan options -- that can be made quickly and without a lot of fuss. The passion for bento boxes shows no signs of letting up. Leading the way in popularizing these compact and portable boxed meals has been Makiko Itoh, blogger extraordinaire and author of the perennial bestseller, The Just Bento Cookbook. Itoh was instrumental in spreading the word that bentos are perfect for busy adults-on-the-go — they don’t have to be cute and they don’t have to take a lot of planning or prep time in order to be tasty, nutritious, and economical. In THE JUST BENTO COOKBOOK 2: Make-Ahead Lunches and More, Itoh offers hundreds of new recipes for bento-friendly dishes. The premise of this second cookbook is that anyone can make delicious, healthy bentos quickly and easily. Itoh focuses on three types of bentos with specific and appealing benefits: bentos that can be made ahead of time, “express” bentos that can be put together fast, using components right off the shelf or out of the refrigerator, and bentos for special dietary needs. Full-color photos accompany the directions and showcase the finished dishes. THE JUST BENTO COOKBOOK 2 opens with Itoh’s basic bento rules, revised to reflect comments she’s heard from her many fans after the first book came out. “Build Up Your Stash” explains why having some items ready to pack up and go is the key to stress-free bento-making. Here are tips on making foods that store well, organizing storage space, the best containers to use for different foods, what store-bought items to have on hand, etc. The first section, “Make-Ahead Bentos,” features recipes for a wide variety of dishes that can be prepared the night before or first thing in the morning. Here are different kinds of meatballs and burgers, including both Western versions and Japanese variations; mouth-watering chicken, pork, beef, egg and fish dishes; a section on “Tofu and Vegan” treats such as Ginger Tofu Teriyaki and Green Lentils and Brown Rice; and recipes for Rice Sandwiches such as Egg-wrapped Rice Sandwich with Bacon Rice Filling. A special section of Low Carb recipes based on shirataki noodles and konnyaku (konjac) offers fun and creative ways to use this no-cal, no-carb, no-sugar, gluten-free “miracle” noodle in dishes like Rice and Shirataki Pilaf with Shrimp, Shirataki Chicken “Ramen” in a Lunch Jar, and Shirataki with Sesame. “Express Bentos” presents very quick-to-assemble boxes comprised of foods that don’t require detailed recipes and don’t rely on pre-homemade items. From Mediterranean Pasta and Yakisoba bentos to a Deconstructed Taco Salad and Stir-fry Bento, the ideas here will prove to be lifesavers for busy people who need to get out of the house in a hurry but still want their flavorful, filling, and healthy lunch. Other new and exciting additions to this second volume include an entire section of recipes for Vegetable Side Dishes (Roast Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar, Spicy Broccoli, and Potato and Corn Salad), and one for Japanese Vegetable Side Dishes (Buttery Kabocha Squash, Crunchy Stir-fried Soy Beans, Hijiki Seaweed with Garlic). Recipes for different versions of dashi will help readers keep a supply of this staple ingredient at the ready. And advice on tools and equipment, types of bento boxes and accessories, as well as a glossary and resource section, will ensure that preparing bentos is as enjoyable as eating them.
|Author||: Sara Kiyo Popowa|
|Editor||: Kyle Books|
Many people bring their lunch to work to save money, time and to help control what they are eating (with no hidden nasties from processed shop-bought food), but sometimes it's hard to think of interesting, nutritious things to make. Sara has come to the rescue with her vibrant, fun and inspirational approach to lunch boxes. She concentrates on having 5 clear elements: complex carbs, protein, fruit and veg, and sprinkles as well as the 5 colours used in authentic Japanese cooking: red, white, black, yellow and green. With just a few essential ingredients, you add your extras to create highly nutritious, vegetarian, colourful boxes of joy. Sara includes ideas for bento breakfast boxes (Sesame Snap Granola Bento and Mighty Muesli), 15-minute bento (Busy Days Instant Noodles and Lazy Tamago Bento), Everyday bento (Red Velvet Quinoa Bento, Green Theme Bento and Zen Bento) and the Fantasy bento (Starry Sky Bento and Fairy Jewel Box Bento). With tips on how to stock your bento store-cupboard and basic ingredients and recipes to get you going, now is the time for bento to bounce into your breakfast, lunch box, or even into your dinner parties, filling you with Bento Power! www.shisodelicious.com @shisodelicious
|Author||: Li Ming Lee|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
The lunchbox reinvented: transform the boring routine of your children's packed lunches into cute, edible cartoon characters! Packing school lunches for fussy children can be a chore. Parents are bored of making the same old soggy sandwiches every day, and your picky eaters don’t even show any appreciation when they return their lunchboxes with uneaten veggies and scrappy bits. What if you could entice your children to eat balanced lunches every day? Even better: how do you transform the routine of unoriginal packed lunches into a joy for yourself? Inspired by the Japanese tradition of the bento box, a home-packed meal served in a box with compartments containing different food, Bento Blast! reinvents the concept of the stale packed lunch. Learn to make your very own creative bento boxes and turn the law of don’t play with your food on its head by reimagining dishes as colorful cartoon characters. Entice your children with: Teddy bear-shaped mini pizzas Hot dog buns Scrambled egg chicks Porky pastas Panda bamboo And many more edible critters! With more than 160 step-by-step tutorials on how to assemble balanced bento boxes, create food art, and cook individual recipes that bridge the East and the West, Bento Blast turns food preparation into an art and makes eating fun again for both parent and child. Soon, your children will boast to their friends about their lunches, and your spouse might even ask for his or her own takeaway lunch! Lunchtime, or dinnertime, will never be the same again.
|Author||: Angel Burns|
How can you create tasty dishes that will replace unhealthy fast food meals? Many people are fun of eating unhealthy foods at certain times of the day especially during the lunch hour. The urge and craving to eat snacks, burgers and processed foods come so strong that you may sometimes feel guilty. Now, whenever this happens, it can lead to dizziness and sometimes a loss of interest at work. Are you seeking to lead a healthy lifestyle? I want to let you understand that it's a gradual process. Everything can be a well thought out plan as nothing beats this. When you adopt this approach, in no time, you shall begin to notice the changes you crave within and around your life. Taking these baby steps helps a lot. Instead of waking up tired, you become stronger and better. So, when next you wake up, try preparing some healthy meals as you will soon discover in this Bento cookbook guide. In this guide, you will learn about: - A vivid overview of what bento is, the benefits and cleaning process - How you can make the bento box - Simple and delicious recipes to prepare Using your bento boxes are a safe and healthy way to package your foods. In a sized or predetermined box, it minimizes waste and ensures that only what you truly need is what you have there. Bento boxes are often attractively designed and personalized, and the meals are home-made and easy to eat while you're on the go. They are usually healthy, too, containing foods from all the major food groups. They are also meals that can be done by you and at cost-effective prices too. Some basic Bento tips you need to be aware of include: - Bento boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. - Some come with insulated cases. - Bento boxes are meant to be eaten within a few hours, please keep this in mind when packing it. - If climate or environment is hot put an ice pack with it. - Leftovers are great for bento boxes. Keep this in mind when planning the week's dinners. - Don't be afraid to get creative. Turn last night's leftovers into something new for today. Turn tacos into a taco salad, chicken fajitas into quesadillas or tasty burritos! - For kids' lunch is as much a social event as a time to eat. Keep it light and fun! - Children love colorful foods on unique and creative utensils! Try toothpicks as skewers and turn lunch-time into a fun time. - For those that might not be ready for an actual skewer rubber 'kid-safe' versions are available. - Recipes need to be prepared for a four-slot bento box. However, fewer slots should not be a deterrent, simply combine foods in one compartment. - Unless stated, bento boxes should be kept in the refrigerator overnight. Are you eager to become a master bento boxer? There are so many meals to choose from and I encourage you to quickly purchase a copy of this book and read through all we have here. Look at the Cooking time and other things necessary to make things happen.
|Author||: Katie Sullivan Morford|
|Editor||: Chronicle Books|
Best Lunch Box Ever is full of recipes, ideas, and strategies for packing creative and healthful lunches for kids, solving what is for many parents the most taxing of daily chores. Kids will love the scrumptiousness, while busy moms and dads will appreciate the quick and simple solutions for wholesome, balanced meals developed by Katie Sullivan Morford, a registered dietician and mother of three. The 65 recipes are easy, delicious, and—best of all—packed with nutrients for well-rounded lunches and snacks, including Deconstructed Caprese Skewers, Easy Cheesy Thermos Beans, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cinnamon Wonton Crisps, Parmesan Kale Chips, Crispy Applewiches, and more.
|Author||: Chika Ravitch|
|Editor||: Rockridge Press|
Think inside the box--the beginner's guide to tasty bento boxes Easy, tasty, and healthy are three great aspects of any good meal. Combine them all together--in an easy to-go box--and you have the beauty of bento. In Bento for Beginners, you'll learn how this Japanese culinary art can help you build 60 appetizing, well-balanced lunches that can be taken just about anywhere. In addition to recipes, the book is filled with tons of tips and tricks on streamlining prep time, how to improve the storage life of your ingredients (without using preservatives), the right containers to use, and what foods make the best (and easiest) fusion dishes. There's so much to savor in these to-go treasure boxes. Bento for Beginners includes: Best of both worlds--Enjoy classic homemade Japanese foods as well as staples from Western and American cuisine. Off-the-shelf--Create lunches you'll be excited to eat using easy-to-find ingredients available at the grocery store. Save money--Put an end to spending $5 to $10 a day on lunch--the average cost of a filling homemade Japanese bento is about $1.85. In the world of bento books, this one can take you to tasty new heights.
|Author||: Marc Matsumoto,Maki Ogawa|
|Editor||: Tuttle Publishing|
With these fun, easy and delicious recipes, anyone can venture into the world of bento boxes—no special tools or containers necessary! Hosts of popular NHK World cooking show Bento Expo, Marc Matsumoto and Maki Ogawa share their bento-making expertise on the pages of this stunningly photographed cookbook. As a Japanese-American, Marc is ideally placed to help Western readers add Japanese touches to their lunches with easy-to-find ingredients. As a Japanese mom of teenage boys, Maki is an expert at creating simple yet delicious bento box combinations that can be put together easily every morning. Together they have created an accessible, authentic bento cookbook that everyone will enjoy. Ultimate Bento is packed with practical techniques, step-by-step instructions, and useful tips for 85 recipes that can be mixed-and-matched for 25 nutritionally balanced bento box lunches. Each bento in this book costs under $3 per serving, so you and your family can save money while also eating healthier. Recipes include: Summer Rolls Japanese-style Coleslaw Wasabi Chicken Snap Pea Stir-Fry Yakitori Chicken Skewers Mini Stuffed Peppers Ginger Pork
|Author||: Shirley Wong|
|Editor||: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd|
A strong believer that cooking should be easy and enjoyable, Shirley Wong, also known by her online avatar, Little Miss Bento, shares how you can put together attractive and tasty bento boxes with ease and lots of fun! Follow Shirley’s simple step-by-step guide and craft everyday foods such as rice, bread, eggs, cheese, fish cakes, sausages, carrots and cucumbers into various forms, from your favourite animals and characters to a memorable holiday scene. Make every day a treat with a personalised bento box!
|Editor||: Kodansha America LLC|
During his third year in high school, Koyomi Araragi is introduced to a transfer student named Ougi Oshino Ougi tells Koyomi that there is something odd about Naoestu High School… a secret room on thats not on the map. What will Koyomi and Ougi find in this hidden room?
|Author||: Sudhir Venkatesh|
A New York Times Bestseller Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty--and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside the projects under JT’s protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT--two young and ambitious men a universe apart. "Riveting."—The New York Times "Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand."—Newsweek "An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city."—Chicago Tribune "The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart."—The Boston Globe "A rich portrait of the urban poor, drawn not from statistics but from viivd tales of their lives and his, and how they intertwined."—The Economist "A sensative, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype."—Finanical Times Sudhir Venkatesh’s latest book Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy—a memoir of sociological investigation revealing the true face of America’s most diverse city—is also published by Penguin Press.
|Author||: Crystal Watanabe,Maki Ogawa|
|Editor||: Quirk Books|
Yum-Yum Bento is back with 52 more easy seasonal-themed bento lunches. From the depths of winter to the height of summer, a beautiful lunch can brighten any day. Japanese bento boxes are portable and pretty meals packed with healthy portions and plenty of cheer. And they’re outrageously cute! With Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round, you’ll fall in love with 52 tasty, in-season lunches. Spring into make-ahead action with packing tips, tutorials, side dish recipes, and more. From summer Sunshine Smiles to Christmas Gingerbread Friends, there’s a bento just perfect for your lunchbox today. Selections from the Table of Contents: Springtime Fun: Easter Chicks Dainty Daffodils Green Pea Brothers Summertime Splash: Rainbow Sushi Cheerful Crab Seashell Fun Fall Frenzy: A Pear Anywhere Fried Rice Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Twins Winter Wonderland: Tomato Santas Rudolph the Red-Nosed Bagel Penguin Elves From the Trade Paperback edition.
|Author||: Harumi Kurihara|
In Everyday Harumi, now reissed as an attractive jacketed paperback, Harumi Kurihara, Japan's most popular cookery writer, selects her favourite foods and presents more than 60 new home-style recipes for you to make for family and friends. Harumi wants everyone to be able to make her recipes and she demonstrates how easy it is to cook Japanese food for every day occasions without needing to shop at specialist food stores. Using many of her favourite ingredients, Harumi presents recipes for soups, starters, snacks, party dishes, main courses and family feasts that are quick and simple to prepare, all presented in her effortless, down-to-earth and unpretentious approach to stylish living and eating. Every recipe is photographed and includes beautiful step-by-step instructions that show key Japanese cooking techniques. Texture and flavour are important to Japanese food and Harumi takes you through the basic sauces you can make at home and the staples you should have in your store cupboard. Photographed by award-winning photographer Jason Lowe, this warm and approachable cookbook invites you to cook and share Japanese food in a simple and elegant style.
|Author||: Kit Pancoast Nagamura,Kyoko Tsuchiya|
|Editor||: Kodansha USA Incorporated|
This book will guide anyone who wants to speak natural Japanese. It contains 1800 everyday sentences and MP3 audio CD with recordings of all the sentences in both English and Japanese.