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Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go Paperback – March 4, 2014
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"Blogger Wendy Copley, author of Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go, provides the basics on these packed meals, common in Japan, where devoted moms will sometimes spend an hour or more transforming rice and ordinary lunch ingredients into elaborate animals and cartoon characters." —Chicago Tribune
"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 blog
"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
"Banish the boring with the following hip lunch bags, boxes and totes—and get your kids to eat better in the process." —Washington Post
"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 blog
"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 blog
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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I highly recommend this book for everyone
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.
I recommend this book for moms/dads looking for ideas to change up the regular pb&j to use as inspiration! Actually, I can see my husband using this book or even the kids helping to recreate these meals when they are older. I do love the beautiful photos!
The list of food suggestions by color is a great idea. My son has used this many times while making his own creations inspired by recipes in this book. He is very proud of his creations and I've noticed that he tends to eat more vegetables when they are presented in this way.
A fun and useful book that makes a great gift -- but be sure to get a copy for yourself as well!