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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy Bento! Lunches On The Go Book Review

I am elated to share my review of the book, Happy Bento! by my friend Anna Adden. It is a book which excels in so many ways. For someone new to making bento lunches for their child or even for themselves, this is a perfect guide to start with. Even those who have been packing lunches for years would likely find handy tips and tricks or be inspired by her examples. It is exceptionally well organized beginning with a clearly written introduction and a section on bento making supplies complete with photographs and helpful suggestions on how to use them.

She includes chapters for Basic Bentos, Fun Bentos, Special Day Bentos, Holiday Bentos, and Season Bentos, each of them featuring wonderful examples with complete instructions including a list of supplies used, the ingredients, and step-by-step instructions. All of them are accompanied by beautiful photographs. The photos that accompany the instructions make them easy to follow, and "WOW!" is the word that comes to mind for the ones of the resulting bentos.

Below is a bento that was inspired by the cover photo from Anna's book Happy Bento!
As you can see, though it was inspired by Anna's beautiful work, I made modifications to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand and our son's preferences. I used a daisy cookie cutter for the sandwich, added a couple of candy eyes and a cheddar cheese smile. Alongside is a babybel cheese which I used a small flower cookie cutter for the cutout. On the left are some strawberries in a square silicone cup with a couple of flower picks and flower shaped cucumber slices. This lunch was packed in a Planetbox shuttle.

Daisy bento

Below is a photo showing the inside of the book where you can find step by step instructions for creating the bentos she featured just like she did, which many will find very helpful.
Every page has something wonderful, either a helpful tip, or an inspiration perhaps for something similar using your own favorite foods. I admit that I'm a foodie, so this is a book I can enjoy any time and any place. I'll keep my copy always close to hand! I believe you would also enjoy visiting her blog becomingabentoholic.

Disclosure: Cedar Fort, Inc. sent me this book to review without cost to me. I have received no other compensation for this review and the opinions I’m expressing here are solely my own.

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  1. Great review! I love the flower lunch!

  2. So cute! Love the smiling daisy. Thanks for posting a book review :)

    1. It's my pleasure Anna, and I'm glad to know that you love the daisy.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Ming and I am happy to know that you love the book too.:)

  4. Very cute! Love your review, beautifully written.

    1. Thank you Jean and I am so glad to know that you love my review. :)




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