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Hawaii's Bento Box Cookbook: Fun Lunches for Kids Spiral-bound


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Mutual Publishing; 1 Spi edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566478650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566478656
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Yuen is a former Sous Chef at Palomino; former Acting Chef at Kincaids , and former co-owner of a local catering company. She began creating special bentos for her daughter not too long ago, and soon children at the school began asking her how to create these whimsical lunches.

More About the Author

Aloha! I was born and raised in Hawai`i and grew up with a great love for food and cooking. For many years I worked in the food industry, and was the sous chef for Palomino Euro Bistro and later for Kincaid's. In 2008 I wrote Hawai`i's Bento Box Cookbook, Fun Lunches for Kids and am currently working on book 2 slated to come out in the spring of 2010.

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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By BookWRRM on December 26, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a beautifully produced book with step-by-step pictures and really cute lunches. The only complaint I have is that most of the critters and characters in the lunches are made of bologna, cheese, hot dog, spam, or kamaboko (a type of fish paste) and are ornamented with seaweed and/or cake decorations. I was hoping these cute figures would be more healthy and/or edible. There are other recipes for Japanese foods but they had more salt and processed foods than I was expecting. I wanted a more American-ized take on bento boxes with fresh food and ingredients that are available in the average American grocery store. If you are looking for Japanese-style food for kids, though, you will love this! I am tempted to keep it as a reference for Play-Doh creations.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Chan on January 24, 2010
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If you are looking for easy and fun ideas to decorate the lunch boxes / bento for your kids, this is not a bad book. But if you are really concern about putting artifical stuff in your children's tummy, I'm not sure if you would want to follow the instruction of this book. For instance, you will find something call "color mist" (food color spray) in a lot of the recipes ( which would turn food into color like blue, pink, purple..). I don't know about you, but I certainly won't put these coloring in my girls' tummy. It is so hard to avoid these articial coloring stuff in everyday / off the rack supermarket products already, I am not going to give my daughters an extra dose of these myself.....

Actually I have read in other bento blogs that teach people how to give our food some color using really natural ingredient ( eg like using egg york, beetroot etc), yes it would mean a little less convenivent than "spraying" whatever color you want on your children's food, but I think it is worth the trouble. Afterall, in my opinion, if you are not concern about setting up a healthy eating habit for your kids, you won't even be bothered to make them bento / lunch box anyway, won't you?
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Douglas on June 6, 2009
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I love all things kawaii and the food here certainly falls into that category. I am vegetarian so much of what is in this cookbook would have to be modified for me but you could actually easily use Tofurky cold-cuts to make many of the adorable characters for the bento boxes. This would actually be much healthier too!

I would love to see the author do another book - perhaps one with more vegetarian options?

I think the design of the book is excellent too - more Americans should get into bento!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boogies on October 4, 2008
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This cookbook is a fun and creative way to spend quality time with your children or anyone making food that taste great and fun to eat.
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