CUTIE FOOD: JAPANESE BENTO LUNCH BOX DECORATION RECIPES & CHINESE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. ASIAN COOKBOOK, CUTE FOOD JAPAN TREND.September 17, 2009 at 02:27 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | Leave a comment
Ai-yah! The Ming Pao, a leading Chinese-language newspaper, did a super cute feature on Cutie Food.The article includes two of mommy’s recipes from my cookbook Cute Yummy Time (brown rice penguin onigiri and panda tofu soba). And I make an appearance too!
Below is a scan (click to enlarge) and translation. Funny: they translated mommy’s name, La Carmina, as 田中裕美 (Yumi Tanaka) — I wonder why! And Basil is called a 摺 耳 貓 (jip yee mao) — fold-eared cat!Cute Yummy Time is now available for pre-order here and will be found in all major bookstores after October 6.
Local primary students are limited to eating sandwiches and pizza in the cafeteria, so they might as well take a box lunch to school. Don’t think this is an old school thing to do. In Japan, bento culture is not just about the food, but the picture. Hello Kitty, Snoopy, and other Japanese anime characters can all be made into a cute bento box lunch. This trend has spread to Vancouver, and local people are making their own bentos. There’s even a recipe book — Cute Yummy Time can encourage your mom to express her creativity. It’s written by author La Carmina.
Our lovely bento teacher who doesn’t want to be a lawyer
Local lady La Carmina graduated from Yale Law School but didn’t want to be a lawyer because she loves to design and write. Lately, she is focusing on making cute bento boxes, in addition to freelance writing and blogging. She loved cute culture since she was young, and has been designing cute bentos for the past two years. Carmina designs them in different character styles, but they all look cute and use healthy ingredients. Her new book, Cute Yummy Time, introduces 70 cute food recipes that she made herself. You can buy it in all major bookstores on October 6th, or online through her blog, http://www.lacarmina.com/blog
Photo caption: Blogger La Carmina loves cute culture. Her cat is a rare breed (Scottish Fold). Do you think he’s cute?
The recipes for the panda tofu soba noodles and penguin rice balls are found in my book Cute Yummy Time.