Bento is the Japanese word for lunch, and is known across the world as a fun and stylish way of getting your mid-day meal. While traditional bento may seem complicated to some, it can actually be streamlined and simplified to make your everyday lunch into a more fun and nutritious experience.
Here at the district, we have many books that cover traidtional Japanese style bento to get you started making your own lunches.
Considered to be one the most influential bento bloggers, Makiko Itoh talks about traditional recipes, bento-pantries, and time saving techniques to get your bento-making off the ground.
Many pictures that cover almost all of the different style of bento, rom the cute chara-ben Pokemon style bento to special occassion and train style bento boxes.
We also have non-traditional bento books, such as
Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann
These books cover both Western style lunches and other food items from around the globe, all presented in a unique way that turn lunch from hum-drum to fun!
If you're just looking to change your daily meal, feel free to check out the following books that really up your sandwich game:
Grilled Cheese Kitchen by Heidi Gibson and Nate Pollack
'wichcraft by Tom Colicchio and Sisha Ortuzar
The Banh Mi Handbook by Andrea Nguyen
We will be holding a bento making workshop at Newberry Branch on September 15th at 3 pm for anyone who would like to get some hands on experience starting their bento making. Please join us as we learn about making rice balls and creating quick and nutritious meals that save you money and make your day fun!