Yum-Yum Bento

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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.

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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.