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"Everyday Bento will show you how easy it can be to make fun lunches your kids will look forward to eating every day."—EasyLunchBoxes.com

"Copley's clear, simple instructions and creative approach will help you produce adorable boxed lunches with a variety of healthful fresh foods. I'm looking at my cookie cutters, Play-doh tools, and kitchen containers in a whole new light!"—Heather Gibbs Flett, co-author of The Rookie Moms Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know

"Wendy Thorpe Copley is the Willie Wonka of school lunches. Her fun, colorful, and whimsical bento lunches are guaranteed to entice even the pickiest eaters to gobble up a wide array of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains happily. Her strawberry mice, fish-shaped carrots, and chicks made from hard-cooked eggs are an absolute feast for the senses."—Liz Weiss, MS, RD, co-author of No Whine with Dinner

"Who knew lunch-packing could be this much fun? Everyday Bento is packed with inspiring ideas that have me looking forward to packing lunches for my kids! The photos are so delightful—I have a whole new perspective on what can go into a lunchbox."—Whitney Moss, co-author of The Rookie Moms Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know

"a healthy alternative for kids meals" — Publisher's Weekly

"If you make lunches, you definitely need a copy. If you have picky eaters, you need this book. If you just like to play with food and make cool things for your kids, you should probably check it out as well."—HeyJenRenee.com

"Full of colorful and creative kid's lunch ideas, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, Wendy does a beautiful job inspiring beginning and pro cute-lunch-makers alike."—MakerMama.com

"Everyday Bento is full of colorful and creative kid's lunch ideas, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, Wendy does a great job inspiring beginning to pro lunch-makers alike."—NoBiggie.net

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with Flaps edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805312610
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805312612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Copley was first introduced to the art of bento when her husband gave her a bento box on a cold Christmas morning. Armed with a set of silicone cupcake cups, a few bento blogs and her trusty paring knife, she set herself to the task of bringing a bit of fun to her lunch box. Since that time, she has packed thousands of bento lunches for her family which she showcases on her popular website, Wendolonia.com. Now she brings dozens of brand new bentos -- all with step by step instructions -- to her first book, Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go.

Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband, two sons and an over-flowing bento supply cupboard.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lise L. LaTorre on March 7, 2014
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When I first started making cute lunches I bought a bunch of bento books. They were so adorable and inspiring, but also completely intimidating. Even if I could make those lunches, my kid wouldn't have eaten them. I really wish I had had this book to get me started. The lunches are adorable AND easy to make, using foods my child recognizes and loves (but turned vegetarian with no problem!)

I highly recommend this book for everyone
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trina on March 5, 2014
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I'll be honest, I love bento and I don't pack lunches for kids. This book is a great resource for adults, too! I especially like the Idea List and the Foods by Color section - what a great way to quick-pick a lunch! The list includes things I usually already have in the refrigerator and pantry. Even if you don't have a supply of bento boxes, you'll see great examples of how to add a little flair to your lunch with the basics, too.

The pictures are fun and descriptions are easy to follow, and the ingredients and equipment list make it easy to take a quick glance at what you'll need. What I find the most, though, is inspiration - following a few basic techniques (pack it tightly and neatly) and flipping through the pictures, I am ready to spruce up boring work lunches! A few items I'm definitely making: a rose from sliced deli meat, antipasti bento, radish roses, and strawberry hearts.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to add interest to their own lunches (or for the kids, too, sure!). You'll learn how to make packing a bento quick and easy, find a wide variety of examples, and you'll probably think of some of your own ideas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Denton on March 4, 2014
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This book is a great resource for anyone who makes their kids or themselves lunches and wants to break from the monotony. It offers clear steps for quickly and cheaply getting into packing bento style lunches. Guides on what tools to use and where to get them. Food lists for when you are stuck for ideas and beautiful photography of step by step instructions to recreate 50 very cute and yummy lunches.

I have already tried a couple of ideas and my kids loved them. The steps are easy to follow and have pictures to guide you.

It is also a great book to give to a picky eater to look through you may be surprised at what they want to try when it's presented in such a fun and colorful way. My kids looked through and asked for several lunches right away that I would not have thought they would touch!

All in all a wonderful book and I look forward to making more of the lunches.

I received this copy gratis as a early reviewer all thoughts are my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2014
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I knew from reading Wendy's blog for many years that this was going to be a great book with easy to follow instructions and fun photography. What I didn't expect was how much my kids would love it! They pick it up again and again and study each page while pointing out things they want me to make for them (our copy is a veritable porcupine of post-it note bookmarks).

A fun and useful book that makes a great gift -- but be sure to get a copy for yourself as well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moe Hong on March 5, 2014
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At first, when I looked through the book, I thought it was designed to make me feel like a bad parent for not putting this much work into my kids' lunches. But the more I read, the more I realized how many of the lunches Wendy made her kids were actually not that difficult to put together, and that with an extra 30 seconds or so I could do some similar things for my daughter.

The photos are great, the text funny and straightforward. More than anything, though, this book shows us a new way to wake up creativity in our kids ALL the time - not just when they are drawing or painting. Even at snacktime, when kids are usually focused so much on consuming their lunch, there is an opportunity to show them something different and creative. And, of course, in doing this for our children, we wake up that same creative spirit in ourselves - which makes us better (and happier) people and parents.

I expected a cutesy collection of photos; I got something much more interesting and useful than that. I recommend the book very highly for any parent preparing lunch for schools or picnics or other trips, no matter how crafty (or non-crafty, like myself)!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BentoForKidlet on March 4, 2014
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Wendy has really outdone herself with this fantastic guide to all things bento. A great resource for beginners and pros alike. The instructions are clear and concise and include beautiful photographs. It's clear that with these great instructions anyone can make cute lunches! I know I will be consulting this book often for it's fun and easy ideas!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bcoffron on March 4, 2014
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I make bento lunches every week for my kids so I am familiar with some of the concepts in this book. However, I also learned a ton! This is great if you are just starting out or have been making fun lunches for awhile. Sometimes it is easy to get intimidated by bento lunches but this book makes it very accessible. The photos and instructions are fantastic and there are plenty of ideas in here to help your kids feel special for many lunch times. My favorite is the Rock and Roll lunch. The strawberry mice are also such a good idea. The author also includes tips and tricks that will make your life so much easier. If you pick up this book you won't be sorry. This will be a resource you refer to time and again. I know because I will because it has already helped me and I am keeping it handy for lunchtime. Get this book...now!
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