Make lunch too cute to eat with bento recipes.
Bento from Yum-Yum Bento Box
Yum-Yum Bento Box by Maki Ogawa is a book devoted to recipes for creating adorable bento boxes. Here's a bit more about the book:
Oh, boy-obento! These cute, yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers think of them as an expression of love for their children. Yum-Yum Bento Box is one of the first cookbooks in English devoted to these healthy and adorable mealsâ€"theyâ€™re fresh, theyâ€™re tasty, and theyâ€™re almost too cute to eat!
Each step-by-step recipe in Yum-Yum Bento Box is simple and adaptable. Readers will learn how to form their favorite foods into a variety of shapes-from zebras, panda bears, and monkeys to kitties, piggies, and puppy dogs. Chapters include instructions for classic bento boxes and character-driven bentos (called Kyaraben), plus shopping advice, general tips and tricks, and much more. Stop wasting money on prepackaged lunches-and start making beautiful, healthy bentos![project:miss-octopus] [project:hot-dog-octopus]
Bento from The Decorated Cookie
Meaghan Mountford runs the fantastic baking blog, The Decorated Cookie and here's what she had to say about her recipes:
These projects were both new territory for me.Â I created the Panda Bear sushi for a contest. The challenge was to tackle a recipe outside of oneâ€™s own culture and out of oneâ€™s comfort zone. Sushi was my immediate choice, as Iâ€™m not a fan, had only eaten sushi on too few occasions to remember, and had certainly never tried to make my own. And since I have to apply art to everything in my kitchen:Â panda bears. And given this penchant for combining art and food, I especially love making foods that look like other foods. Hence, the mini marshmallows designed to look like Japanese candies. While I may have an aversion to sushi, I adore the world of Japanese candies. I havenâ€™t extensive knowledge to back this adoration, just total respect for the breadth, the cuteness, the packaging and the cleverness.[project:panda-sushi] [project:japanese-marshmallow-candy]