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Cute Yummy Time: 70 Recipes for the Cutest Food You'll Ever Eat Paperback – October 6, 2009
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The first is that for the most part the pictures of the recipes are not nearly as cute as I expected. There is nothing inherently wrong with creations such as the "Hot Dog Croc" on page 85, but it lacks the finesse and polish that I think a cookbook should have. While there are a few standouts, for the most part there were few designs that appealed enough to make me wish to emulate them. While that may sound harsh, I expect that books that teach will be written by people who excel in their craft.
The second is that aside from a few tiny illustrations in the forward, there are no patterns in the book. Since the creation of these decorative foods is a craft where you often need to cut special shapes and combine them, the lack of any patterns is mystifying and frustrating. Instead of patterns, there is a short fluff story on each page which relates to cute animal featured in the recipe.
If you are looking for projects to do with younger children, this might be an acceptable book for you. If you seek to emulate the Japanese style of cute food decoration, or have an artist's taste, I am sure you can find better guides.
There are a lot of mistakes like this throughout the book that suggests the author does not have a strong culinary background. Also, I felt that there wasn't much of a focus on the "bento" part of the book. The few lunch items included, though pictured in a bento box, were not placed in there as if all you needed to do was slap on the lid and send them off to school. They were either popping out all over the place (see: Politician Frog Pita) or they didn't represent a full, nutritious meal (see: Woodland Caprese).
And to make matters worse, most of the recipes didn't sound tasty. I understand her focus on healthy alternatives to typical foods, but no kid is going to eat buckwheat pancakes that are gray and flat!
I thought that maybe it would be a cute book for my daughter to read (since there is an adorable storyline that goes along with the recipes), but then the introduction started talking about "condoms" and "Waking Lovers Crepes", which makes it completely inappropriate.
All and all, I am extremely disappointed with this book and suggest to anyone that is looking for a good bento book to look elsewhere.
If you want to make real bentos, run away. Very fast. There are many, many other, much more researched, edited, and educated bento enthusiasts who have put out much better books for the same price point. Virtually all the "bentos" in this cookbook are just regular foods put into a bento box as a prop. Not only would it become a mess to bring to work or school, some of the food is not even transportable. Not a well-thought out book at all
This book, however, is on a whole other level from the YouTube videos. It has the same quirky, even slightly weird-in-a-funny-way attitude of the videos-- which the kids just seem to love-- but the author has clearly taken a lot of time and care over the last year (or longer?) to make sure that every recipe not only tastes great and looks great, but is also practical and do-able in any kitchen and at pretty much any level of cooking ability. I find that so many cookbooks are full of recipes-- even the ones that are supposed to be for 'quick and easy' kids' meals-- that seem easy at first but turn out to be so complicated half-way through that you wonder whether the author ever actually tried out the recipe him- or herself before publishing the book! Not so with this book. Everything in here is easy to do and you and/or your kids will have fun doing it.
It was my youngest daughter who found out that the blogger La Carmina was coming out with this book, and she insisted that we pre-order a copy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this book to make stuff for my granddaughter.
She loves looking through the book and finding things she wants to try. Read more
most recipes are very time consumming. They are more difficult to make than they make it appear. Stays on the bookshelfPublished on January 15, 2013 by witchofems
Cute but alot of ingredients I can't find where I live. And there are no suggestions for substitutions. Not a huge hit with my child.Published on June 14, 2012 by Bipolar beae
Without the option to see the inside of this book online, I figured at such a cheap price it couldn't be that bad of a purchase. I am really disappointed with it. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Kelly Benzin-Brinks
THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE.
the recipes are not pratical at all.
i bought this for bento related lunches....nothing in this book will help with that. Read more
If you want your food to make you shriek with joy, this book will teach you how!!
I like pretty cute fun things and if you do too this cook book is for you.
i love la carmina's blog and bought cute yummy time. perfectly adorable. it's not supposed to be a bento book and unfairly critiqued on these terms. Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Gentle_Fawn