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 meals–they’re fresh, they’re tasty, and they’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!
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. I created the Panda Bear sushi for a contest. The challenge was to tackle a recipe outside of one’s own culture and out of one’s comfort zone. Sushi was my immediate choice, as I’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: 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 haven’t extensive knowledge to back this adoration, just total respect for the breadth, the cuteness, the packaging and the cleverness.
You can pick up a copy of Yum-Yum Bento Box from Quirk Books and see more projects from Meaghan on her blog, The Decorated Cookie.
Being in culinary school, this has given me many ideas for plated desserts and such!
Plus, ideas fr fun ways of packing food. -_^”