Yum-Yum Bento


Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round: Box Lunches for Every Season by Crystal Watanabe

I was first introduced to the idea of bento boxes years ago when reading Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.  The idea stuck with me, but I never tried it.

THIS guide takes things to a whole new level, with adorable, yet somewhat complicated designs for every season.  Fortunately, there is a resource list and a glossary included in the back of the book.  Many interesting recipes are included.

I LOVED the designs, but I don’t think I’ll be spending the amount of time necessary to prepare any of these. ¬†It’s delightful and entertaining, so I’ll pass it along to someone I think will get better use out of it.

As for me, I think I’ll keep things simple, and just enjoy pictures of elaborate bento boxes.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.


Pie Iron Recipes

pie iron.jpgPie Iron Recipes

This little book is filled to the brim with great recipes to cover breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks and dessert on your next camping trip!

There is also a section on aluminum versus cast iron and the care and seasoning of your pie iron.

There are no fancy pictures included.

I received this book through a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Food with Friends

food.jpgFood with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd

If you are looking for¬†some unique ideas to bring to a potluck, give as a gift, or entertain at home,there¬†are bound to be recipes in this volume you’d never have considered before.

I don’t know if I’d agree with the term “simple,” though. ¬†Just acquiring the ingredients for some of these dishes might prove to be a bit complicated.

By far my favorite (and perhaps the simplest) concoctions in this book are the Spa Waters. ¬†Beyond those…I think I’ll put this book on the shelf for a day that I’m feeling brave.

I received this book through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.