Monday, September 28, 2009

A Bento Book - Cute Yummy Time



I received an email a week or so ago from Penguin Publishing, offering F&B and I an advance copy of "Cute Yummy Time" by La Carmina, in case we would like to take a look at it and perhaps review if for our blog.

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7 comments:

  1. Is there a lot of variety in the types of food used? Does she rely on a lot of shaped rice creations like you see in so many traditional Japanese bentos? I've been eyeing the book, but I was worried there'd be 50 rice creations, and kidlet won't eat rice right now.

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  2. I have ummed and ahhhed about buying this book. Really I have, watching La Carmina on her blog kinda put me off a wee bit! Maybe I'd get on better with the book, or lunchbox porn as hubs calls it!

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  3. LOL, yea, she is a character! Her blog cracks me up too; every other paragraph says "my book is coming out, buy it". But I watched her demos on youtube of the elephant pancakes and the piggy bread and they *are* really cute. I'm just worried there would be too recipes I wouldn't be able to use.

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  4. I'm still working my way through 501 bento boxes and the manga cookbook, I think hubs would have a fit if I buy another bento book! Maybe I'll leave it for a while then see what the reviews are like once the book is fully released :0)

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  5. The recipes were pretty good. Some are rice, most are not, but for a very "American" mom, they were doable and edible! Except I'm skipping the eel rolls. That's just something no one should consume. Ever.

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  6. ROFL! Yea, I'd skip the eel rolls too. I wouldn't even know where to buy eel. And hopefully never will!

    Thanks for answering my question =)

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  7. Shannon, thank you for the detailed review! I loved seeing the animal ham/cheese crackers and quesadilla you made. And it makes me SO happy that Faith enjoyed the adventure story. :)

    Pigs Do Fly: only a few of the recipes use (brown) rice; I tried to focus on healthy, kid-friendly and familiar foods. I apologize if the Cute Yummy Time blog comes across as heavy-handed; it is, to be perfectly honest, a promotional blog (a necessity evil for any young author). I concentrate my original writing and photo content on my La Carmina blog, http://www.lacarmina.com/blog

    Thanks again, Shannon -- keep up the great bento work! ^^

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