While fast food and quick lunches may be the norm, parents still want to provide fun and healthy meals for their children. A widespread trend sweeping Japan is the homemade specialty bento parents prepare for their children. This trend is now becoming popular in Hawai‘i—and just in time is a new cookbook filled with fun, easy-to-make bento box recipes that will delight the eye and tickle the tummy. Sliced carrots become plumeria flowers; scrambled eggs become little chicks; a vegetable croquette becomes a puppy dog; and home lunch becomes something to look forward to. With recipes and step-by-step photos, any home cook can prepare these bentos for even the pickiest eater. Have fun. Make food and art and feed your child nutritious, delicious lunches that are picture perfect.


Author: Susan Yuen