Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (September 8, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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I bought several Bento items for my daughter for Christmas, including Totoro-themed Bento Boxes, sauce containers, bento bags, recipe books,etc.. She's having a lot of fun creating lunches for her Bento box. And her dad is also reaping the benefit. :) I'll share all the items we bought as we launched wholesale into the Bento adventure. We've cooked many interesting meals - no misses yet! And everyone's had fun with their Bento boxes. Even my husband is enjoying his, which was a surprise.Since we were starting Bento from scratch, we bought some Bento cookbooks, even though we have some Japanese cookbooks already:The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Gohttp://smile..com/gp/product/1568363931?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpageYummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kidshttp://smile..com/gp/product/1634504240?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpageEffortless Bento: 300 Japanese Box Lunch Recipeshttp://smile..com/gp/product/1939130379?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpageThe Manga Cookbookhttp://smile..com/gp/product/4921205078?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0and several Bento items to accommodate lunches with and without soup, etc.Her main bento box (she never microwaves it, and she washes it by hand). It came with chopsticks, but she also wanted the Totoro utensil set listed below which fits in her bag nicely with this box.Bento: Studio Ghibli Totoro Design 2-tier Microwavable Bento Lunch Box (Volume: 380ml + 250ml)http://smile..com/gp/product/B006YG0BU8?
After having this cookbook and trying some recipes from it for more than 4 months, I'm here to say that this book is really awesome and I highly recommend to anyone from the beginners to more advanced bento makers.For full disclosure, the author Ming is my blogger friend and I received this book to review for my blog and YouTube channel. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.I have to say the best part about this cookbook is that it's very user friendly. Here are some of my points:1) Lots of pictures: There are no single page that does not contain a picture, except for Contents and Glossary. Each recipe has FULL step by step pictures, not just pictures, very detailed, well-photographed pictures. The final photos of the recipes are all beautifully taken, which inspires me to make bentos just like how she makes them.2) Well organized: The book starts with the explanation of bento, and continues to explain about the bento boxes, tools, and techniques before getting into recipes. Each recipe has a big final picture, detailed ingredients and well-written directions with large step by step pictures. Toward the end, Ming also shares simple quick recipes that can be added to your bento, in case you need one or a few more dishes to pack into bento.3) Details!: I can't emphasize enough how detailed this cookbook is. I love more pictures and descriptions and this book has them all.One feedback that I have is that I wish recipes have approx time to prepare the bento or the level of difficulty. As a blogger myself, I know this is a very hard to specify because everyone has different skills and preparation time can vary.
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