CUTE YUMMY TIME BENTO COOKBOOK IN URBAN OUTFITTERS! JAPANESE POP CULTURE BOOKS CARRIED BY MAJOR CLOTHING RETAILER.

March 28, 2010 at 22:07 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 2 Comments

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Amazing news: I heard my Japan bento inspired cookbook, Cute Yummy Time, is on display at Urban Outfitters! My book is carried in the NYC stores and other US locations, and coming to Canadian branches soon. You can also see more and purchase it here.

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CNNGO published an exclusive, original cute recipe of mine: Winking Coconut Gelatin. Healthy and refreshing — and adorable. Also from the 4-part series: Penguin Onigiri and Tiger Chicken Tikka Masala. There’s info about my cute cookbook on this page — please consider checking it out, so that I can continue to put out books for you!

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January 3, 2010 at 03:26 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 1 Comment


Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone who bought Cute Yummy Time and sent me photos of the recipes they made. Siouxsie Law built a coffin tiramisu — it looks deadly delicious. The stylish Gari Ouji threw a Cute Yummy Time birthday party, where the guests made food inspired by my cookbook — what a great idea! Finally, Meg Tweeted to me: “Looook!! I made a baby bird egg salad wrap like @lacarmina !! Best cookbook ever. I love the book, got it for Xmas & can’t wait to try everything out! So kawaii!!” If you’re interested in finding out more about the book, click here.

I’m excited about 2010… plans include more TV work and time in Japan! In May, French TV station Canal Plus will fly me to Tokyo to be featured in a 90-minute documentary. It’s part of an ongoing series that takes a surprising and subversive look at world capitals. And the host is none other than Antoine de Caunes, one of France’s biggest TV and film stars. Perhaps you may know him from the hit UK series Eurotrash, which he co-hosted with Jean Paul Gaultier!

So you can look forward to much more Tokyo Decadance (literally — we’ll be painting the town red with party organizer Adrien le Danois.) Of course, all my favorite Tokyo Spooks will be involved in the filming, like the Andrew Zimmern Bizarre World shoot (which will air this April).

Next week, I’ll be in front of the cameras for a Japanese TV station, NHK. As I mentioned before, I’ll be the subject of a New York Wave documentary on cute food and character bentos. Hello Kitty and schoolchildren will be involved… yes!

And where will I be in February/March? The City of Angels, with the infamous Yukiro Dravarious! (Above: Yukiro with Das Ich and DJ SiSEN.) We’ll be rooming together (!!) and collaborating with LA luminaries, leaving a trail of ostrich feathers and blood in our wake…

What else do I have planned for 2010? Quite a lot. I’m continuing to write about Asia pop culture/music/fashion/food for CNNGo (see all my articles here), and I want to get started on my next book project. There’s additional TV stuff in the works, which I can’t talk about quite yet… but so far, everything’s pointing to a green light. And the fashion collaboration will be revealed soon, so keep checking back.

2010 is going to be a killer year of filming, friends, fashion, and flamboyance — can’t you feel the electricity in the air? Who’s coming along with me on the wild ride?

BIG NEWS: APPEARING IN NHK JAPAN DOCUMENTARY! CUTE YUMMY TIME RECOMMENDED IN WASHINGTON POST HOLIDAY COOKBOOKS GIFT GUIDE.

December 18, 2009 at 22:00 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 1 Comment


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I’ve been juggling projects recently, and something awesome was just confirmed… NHK, Japan’s national public broadcaster, is shooting a 20 minute documentary about cute cooking that will focus on my work and book, Cute Yummy Time! I’m currently brainstorming with the producer and director, so I can’t say much more about it yet. But NHK will be shooting the “New York Wave” episode in January, and it’ll air internationally (many US cities receive the channel). There might even be some way you can be part of the filming… I’ll keep you posted.

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I’m still reeling: The Washington Post listed my book Cute Yummy Time in their Holiday Gift Guide! Recommended “for globally minded cooks,” Bonnie Benwick describes my cookbook as “Japanese fun with food that is irresistibly charming.” (You can find more info on my book here.)

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Hope you’re enjoying the holidays! If you’re looking for holiday gifts, please consider my Japanese charaben-inspired cookbook, Cute Yummy Time — thanks for your continued support!

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November 21, 2009 at 21:07 | Posted in The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 1 Comment


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My family is originally from Hong Kong but I have relatives scattered all over the world, including Washington, DC. And so, my Cute Yummy Time book signing in the capital city turned into a mini-reunion with family — Basil Farrow’s father included.

I fell in love with Hill’s Kitchen the second I stepped in. A bright, loft-like space filled with modern kitchen gizmos, with a studio for cooking lessons upstairs… ah, cute cooking heaven!

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Dead teddy T-shirt: Akina

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The stylish Harukosama, who interviewed me about cool hunting/trend scouting, brought several boxes of Georgetown Cupcakes to the event. (What a sweetie!) The bakery is a DC legend, and deservedly so: the dark chocolate ganache was lick-your-fingers delicious, yet not too sweet; the lemon, red velvet and key lime flavors were perfectly balanced. Next time you’re in DC, swing by Georgetown Cupcake for a treat… or two, or three!

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The best part about book touring? Meeting all of you (insert awws)! It was a pleasure to speak to readers in person, especially after chatting in the comments and on Twitter. If only Basil Farrow could travel with me, life would be complete, wouldn’t it? (If you’re interested in my cute cookbook, you can find out more here.)

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When I returned, my Scottish Fold turned on the cuteness and I took hundreds of new photos. You can see them daily on Basil’s blog, and I added a large batch to his Facebook (add him to see them: “Basil Farrow”).


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Announcing yet another Los Angeles book signing – this time for Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo!
WHEN: Monday, November 30, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Giant Robot LA gallery, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles CA / RSVP HERE
Hope to see you there and at the November 28 and 29 signings at Kinokuniya LA.

CUTE YUMMY TIME COOKING DEMO ON NBC TODAY SHOW! JAPANESE CHARACTER BENTOS, CHARABEN INSPIRED RECIPE BOOK FOR PARENTS, KIDS.

November 14, 2009 at 07:07 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time, Videos | Leave a comment

A new day, a new video: my NBC Weekend Today Show appearance! I talk about character bentos (charaben) in Japan and the healthy approach to cooking in my book Cute Yummy Time. Then I demonstrate two cute food demos, which turn a fried and hardboiled egg into chick critters! For behind-the-scenes photos of the 30 Rock Today Show studio, check out this post. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel as I have more videos in the works!

Can’t wait for my LA book signings at the end of November (event details here). Hope to see you there.

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November 6, 2009 at 07:38 | Posted in Cute Food in the News, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | Leave a comment

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Metro NY and Metro Philadelphia recently printed an article about my cookbook Cute Yummy Time. It made it onto the cover…

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… and my Scottish Fold cat Basil Farrow steals the show inside!


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Woman’s Day Magazine printed some Halloween recipes from Cute Yummy Time. (If you’re interested in ordering the book or finding out more, click here.)

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Last but not least, Harukosama interviewed me about “cool hunting” or Japanese trend-scouting. You can read my thoughts here.

Book tour coverage coming up soon, including my Today Show appearance. Stay tuned for more press and a LA book signing! Thanks for your interest in Cute Yummy Time; you can find out more about my cute cookbook here.)

CUTE YUMMY TIME BOOK TOUR SIGNING DATES ANNOUNCED! LA CARMINA COOKBOOK IN-STORE EVENTS IN NYC, DC, PHILLY.

September 29, 2009 at 19:56 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | Leave a comment


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Three tour dates announced so far in NYC, Philly and DC. I hope to see you there — I’d love to stay afterward to hang out with you! More US dates to be announced soon.

NYC
Sunday, October 11: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Broadway Panhandler, 65 East 8th Street, New York, NY 10003

PHILLY
Saturday, October 17: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Fante’s Kitchen Wares, 1006 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

WASHINGTON, DC
Saturday, October 24: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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So far, Cute Yummy Time has been getting an awesome reaction. Popular bento blogger Bento Lunch gave my cookbook a 100% positive review. Shannon writes: “…the food is absolutely darling. Called “kawaii” and pronounced like Hawaii, the food is all presented as adorable animals. Even better, none of the animal shapings call for anything extremely complicated […] All of the recipes seem to be reasonable in terms of time & ingredients and many of them appear to be rather kid friendly but still healthy (lots of homemade breads & pastas, wheats instead of whites and plenty of veggies). Personally, I love how easy her tips are for making the food cuter. There were so many hints we’re going to try and add into our bentos since they aren’t time consuming.”

I loved seeing the animal ham/cheese crackers and quesadilla she made, inspired by my recipes. Best of all, the book gets her daughter’s stamp of approval! “Faith also loved the little story that runs through each page of the author and Basil the cat’s adventures in Kawaii-land.”

More info about Cute Yummy Time here. Hope to see you soon (I’ll try to bring adorable snacks!).

KID’S VERSIONS OF CUTE FOOD. PANDA RICE & SEAWEED BENTO RECIPE FROM CUTE YUMMY TIME. CHILDREN COOKING FUN FOOD.

September 23, 2009 at 01:30 | Posted in Cute Food in the News, Cute Food Photos, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 1 Comment

Abby Glassenberg of the adorable blog, While She Naps, received an advance copy of my recipe book Cute Yummy Time and wrote a glowing review on her blog! Abby was inspired by my Panda seaweed/shrimp/brown rice recipe above…

… and put her own creative spin on it, using healthy bulgar and snap peas.

Her daughter Stella even got into the action! She customized her design with raisins and Teddy Graham crackers. Love it!

Cute cooking is a fun way for children to become interested in cooking… and express their creativity. If you find inspiration from the pages of Cute Yummy Time, please send me photos to share!

La Carmina’s cookbook Cute Yummy Time can be preordered now — it’s out Oct 6. Also check out tons of cute cooking demos on my YouTube (please subscribe — much appreciated!)

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September 20, 2009 at 00:02 | Posted in The Book: Cute Yummy Time | Leave a comment


Four words. New. Death. Cookbook. Video.

La Carmina and Kojin, the inflatable bear / kitchen god, challenge the southern transsexual Cotton Bale to a Cute Cupcake Duel. Who will prevail: hobgoblin or fairy cupcakes? Will Kojin make it out of Japan alive? This hilarious video was filmed in Tokyo and includes full recipe demos. Stay tuned for the bloopers and extras.

I think this is the tightest episode yet. Can’t wait to make the next one! What was your favorite part of this video? What would you like to see on the next Death Cookbook episode?

Here are some photos from the Tokyo shoot. I’m wearing a Sex Pot Revenge t-shirt and Cotton Bale is in a vintage dress and pearls.

HOBGOBLIN CUPCAKES (this cute cooking recipe and more are in my new cookbook!)
2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar or equivalent in stevia/agave
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp espresso powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk
1 package light cream cheese
2.5 tbs honey
2 kiwis
1/2 cup blueberries

1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave
2. Mix the butter and sugar/stevia until creamy
3. Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, salt
4. Mix together the milk, vanilla, egg whites
5. Add the butter mixture and egg mixture to the dry ingredients
6. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 of the way up and bake at 350 degrees for 10 min or until done.
7. Decorate with fruit and icing (see the video).

FAIRY CUPCAKES
75 grams butter
75 grams caster sugar
90 grams self-raising flour
1.5 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients and beat until light and creamy. Divide the mixture evenly among 6 muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 min, or until done. Draw fairy wings on top with icing (see video).

For more cute cooking, you can investigate my new recipe book Cute Yummy Time and visit my kawaii bento and food blog. All of the previous episodes are here (please subscribe to my channel — much appreciated!)

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September 17, 2009 at 02:27 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | Leave a comment


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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.

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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.

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