Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^


Remember back in August, when we did a week of Back To School articles and giveaways? The last giveaway, which received the most entries/comments by far, was for my book. Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts to contact the winner, it’s gone unclaimed. The poor book feels very sad and unwanted, like Anne Shirley when she arrived at Green Gables the first time.

So…I’ve decided to have another drawing! What’s up for grabs, as before: a signed copy of The Just Bento Cookbook. To enter, leave a comment to this post. Email subscribers: you must click through to the site and leave a comment, not reply by email; I will discard all email replies!.

Be sure to put a valid email address where you can be reached in the appropriate text box (the one that says “E-mail”). In the subject of the comment, tell us where you’re from (town/state/country - nothing too specific!) To make it a bit more fun, answer this question too: If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?

Your comment/entry must be in before 23:59:59 CET (just before midnight of Friday, October 15, 2010. That’s right, you have only 2 days to enter! In addition, you must claim your prize before Monday, October 17 if you want your signed copy ASAP, because I’m leaving home for a few weeks then. (If I don’t hear back from the winner before Monday, she or he will have to wait until December for me to send out the book.) I’ll announce the winner soon after midnight CET on Saturday, October 16 - which will be after 6pm Eastern time/3pm Pacific time on Friday. This one will go fast! Good luck!

(The winner has been announced! Thank you to everyone who participated - sorry if you didn’t win ^_^;)

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What a small world, Wyatt's Mom. I just moved back from McRae and use to go to Dublin all the time for the mall and Krogers. :) In Valdosta now, but I still have fond memories of that town.

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Small world, indeed! I spent a summer in Valdosta attending the Governor's Honors Program five years ago. Loved the campus and the town!

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If my last meal were today I'd definitely want stuffed peppers and a baked potato! Also, chocolate chip cookie dough for dessert :)

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If I had to have one last meal, it would have to be a rather large one! I would delight in all my favorite foods from around the world- schezuan eggplant, avacado salmon mousse, raw scallops with mayonnaise and wasabi, grilled artichokes with garlic butter, adegashi tofu, and macaroons ( the french kind, not the coconut kind), Thomas Haas chocolate, caramel brownies, and more! It would be the gastronomic feast of the century!

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From Denver, CO

My last meal would probably be many small courses and very carb-tastic! Steak, decadent macaroni and cheese, naan bread, (or shoot, any fresh baked, warm bread!), roasted red potatoes, sauteed zucchini slices, glass of mead, and fresh fruit.

Hello from Spokane, WA!

Last meal before I'm executed? I'd say lamb cooked with honey and served with saffron rice and raisins. And Grandma's apple pie for dessert. Her crust was always just right. :)

Thanks for all the work you put into your site! And congratulations on your book. Even if someone else wins this copy, I'll definitely be picking up a copy for myself. :)

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As I hail from Texas, execution for me has a higher possibility than many....
My choice of last meal would be my Nanny's fried catfish with homemade tartar sauce, hush puppies, soggy handcut french fries and a green salad with cherry slathered cheesecake for desert!
Should I get a stay of execution the next meal would be eggplant parmesean accompanied by angel hair pasta, a lovely artisan bread and a green salad.

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I honestly don't know what my last meal would be...homestyle favorites might make me cry. Exotic fare might have me sick all night (as if the anxiety weren't enough). Can you tell I get accused of overthinking things a lot?

However, after doing a bit of research on this a few years ago (out of curiosity and no academia...can you tell I have a lot of time on my hands as well? LoL), I can tell you that the three most common "last meal" requests by death row inmates are: fried chicken, hamburger/cheeseburger, or steak. Strangely enough, the most popular drink requested is Dr. Pepper. I would have figured it'd be Coke, but hey...who can decipher the inner workings of the criminal mind?

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My last meal would for sure be meatloaf, with brown sugar sauce of course! Some mashed potatoes and mixed veg on the side, nom nom!

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From Western Pennsylvania,

I think for my last meal I'd have my granmother's stew beef and rice with gravy and butterbeans, either that or Pasta A'la Greque, no onions, add sundried tomatos and and grilled chicken breast from Lulu's Cafe in Sylva, NC.
For desert...dark chocolate chip walnut bourbon pie with a nice dolop of whipped cream on top.

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Pick me! I'll give the poor book a good home. :)

Last meal? Hard to say. I'd like my last dessert to be something with dark chocolate though. Maybe an orange-chocolate souffle.

Re: Torrance, CA

If I was being executed tommorrow my last meal would be mac n' cheese and mashed potatoes. Comfort foods all the way!!

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If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?

I would like to have either beef stew- puertorrican style, white rice & cheese flan. Or corned beef (it comes in a can & looks like corned beef hash) w/ white rice, sweet plaintains & cheese flan. I'd be good to go. OMG, I'm sooo hungry right now!!

Yari (Orlando, FL US)


For my last meal, I'd have things that were delicious, and reminded me of people, places, and times that I loved... (Looking at all I've got down here, I'm not even sure I could survive the meal!)

-cassoulet w/duck confit - reminds me of school days and of trips to europe
-sekihan (made in my grandmother's old pot where the area between the lid knob and the lid had a red rim from so many years of cooking the azuki)
-Nasubi from my mom's garden, pan fried in oil and eaten with shoyu
- freshly made mochi (still soft after being made)
-Hawaiian poki, laulau and kalua pig
-fried calamari, briami, good sheep feta with olives and bread
-Sukiyaki made the way my grandpa used to make it with his home-grown negi and a raw egg to dip
-Tree ripened fruit from our family's trees - peaches, plums, pluots, cherries...
-Mexican short ribs (from one particular restaurant) rich and delish
-creme brulee - Yum - nuff said!
-lilikoi butter cookies
-shave ice w/ice cream

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I'm from Dayton, Ohio, but I'm going to school in Takoma Park, Maryland.
I would want the best of my grandma's cooking. No one's home cooked vegan food is better than hers. :)

Central Florida, USA

Last meal? Definitely lobster. A delicious Maine lobster, with a garlic butter sauce. I'd have some fresh dinner rolls on the side, and steamed veggies. Nothing too complex - I love fresh, simple meals. Oh, and a brownie for desert! Or maybe my sister's key lime pie (very tart!). Or both. It is my last meal after all :)

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i would eat a truckload of sashimi

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I would love a copy of your book! I would have to say my last meal would be a buffet style meal where I can taste all my favorite foods, but it would HAVE to include my grandmother's Hungarian Rakott Krumpli. It's a casserole dish made with layers of potatoes and hard boiled eggs, smothered in sour cream and butter. ohhhhhhhhhh.......mmmmmm!

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My last meal would have to be sushi, preferably spicy tuna :) Thank you for a great giveaway! Your book would be much appreciated!

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

If I was to be executed, my last meal would be beef rib in barbecue sauce, smashed potatoes with garlic and cheese, some big baked mushrooms with butter and a fresh tomatoes and onions salad. To drink, a good red wine (I think I'll need the whole bottle in this case). For dessert, a generous portion of chocolate brownie with ice cream, nuts and hot chocolate topping. After a small cup of mint flavoured green tea, I'll be ready to go. =D

(Oh, dear... I'm getting hungry right now!)

Annapolis, Maryland Home of the U.S. Naval Academy

Chicken dumplings! Yum! It's family tradition to serve this during family celebrations and funeral repast.


I think my last meal would just be some kind of gooey chocolate cake!

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Hello from Chicago USA!!

Definitely pizza with a crazy good red wine. :-)

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Beef, Beef, Beef. I can't help it, I love a good rare steak. With blue cheese crumbles or shallot sauce. Or both. And lots of bread, which is my serious addiction and don't allow myself much of these days. :) Marci, Illinois

Toronto Canada

I guess I won't have to worry about calorie and my stomach hurting anymore. So I'd like to have the spiciest Indian food with lots of ice-cream as dessert.

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From Munich/Germany.

If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?
Hm... difficult.
Semolina soufflé with cherrys like my grandma used to make it <3

From Mississippi, USA

My last meal wouldn't be much of a meal, but if I'm about to die I won't have to worry about a balanced diet. ;o) I would have boiled peanuts, iced tea, and my great-aunt's coconut cake -- my favorite treats from childhood. I'm not much of a fan of cakes in general (not much of a sweet tooth) but my great-aunt always made the best many-layered coconut cake every year at Christmas. It was always such a treat to finally have a slice of cake after all the effort we put into grating the coconuts. I still hate to fool with fresh coconuts!

From North Carolina with love...

"If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?"

Hmm... Well since I wouldn't have to worry about my figure anymore (lol), I'd have to go with broccoli and cheese quiche with thick oven fries and a humungous piece of cheesecake for dessert! :)

Good luck with the book Maki and thanks for the giveaway! <3

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Oh my goodness. This is rough. Katsu curry. And ramen with a hardboiled egg. And two slices of really crispy bacon on toast. And then ice cream, a dairy queen reese's PB cup blizzard. And then I would be so sick I think I'd want to die. BTW I am a vegan and these are the things I miss the most. And if I had any room left, a really icing covered gooey cinnamon roll.

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My last meal would be sukiyaki. :)

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For a last meal, it would have to be chicken katsu and okonomiyaki followed by anpan. Not that I don't want these foods on a normal day!
I'm from Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

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I'm just starting out, I've made some pretty fun little bentos for my 3yr old and 1yr old, and I'm looking forward to many more bentos to come! I would love this book, I'm looking for ideas, inspiration, recipes. And I'm finding lots of them on this site. Please choose me!!!



Yay for givaways!

Amanda M.

I now live in San Antonio, but I'm originally from Detroit.
I would have the fanciest, freshest sushi I could get my hands on, with salmon, cucumber and avocado, and big whopping pieces of white tuna nigiri. then a massive bowl of chocolate mousse with dark chocolate shavings on top.

Sushi and chocolate: the things I wake up for in the morning.

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My last meal...A fried soft shelled crab, fried oysters, mashed potatoes with cheese, and vanilla ice cream!

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Probably an amazing pasta dish with garlic bread, a delicious salad and an ice cream sundae with all sorts of toppings for dessert.

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Hm... my last meal ever? This is a toughie. I think I'd have to have tuna nigiri, coconut fried shrimp, a perfectly medium done steak, cheesy french fries, butter mashed potatoes (hey it's my last meal, I can double dip on the potatoes!!), buttery corn, and for dessert I'd have a chocolate mousse cake and kheer rice pudding.

Then I'd kill who'd ever execute me and run away never to be seen again.

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I am from So Cal. Esco is the town. In USA.
If I were going to be executed the next day, what would my last meal be?
Thai food from Kinaley Thai in San Marcos, CA
- Jasmine iced tea
- Crispy fried spring rolls
- Chicken setys
- Lemongrass chicken
- Beef chow mein
- Pineapple fried rice
- Mango w/ sticky rice pudding

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From Escondido, Ca
If I were going to be executed the next day, what would my last meal be?
My wife's home cooking (I am going to miss her and her home cooked meals when she leaves for Army BCT next month).

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That poor orphaned book! Poor little thing, It will have a good home with me!
My last meal would be some real crusty bread still warm from the oven with some homemade Italian Sausage soup.!

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My last meal would consist of agedashi dofu to start, tenzaru soba for the main course, and a batch of fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Yes, the WHOLE batch. Love your blog!

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I'm from Canada :).
If I were going to be executed the next day, my last meal would have to be potatoe salad along with roast chicken with crispy skin. Yum!

Thanks for the giveaway! Keep up the good work with your blog ^_^

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

My last meal would have to come from this thai restaurant across the street from my apartment. I love their food, but none of my friends will eat there because it's too spicy for them so I never get to go! D= I'd probably order one of everything that interests me so I could try as much as possible. I would probably fill up so much I'd explode, then they wouldn't have to execute me.

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Hmm... I would want to have several dozen doughnuts, pizzas, and dumplings. It doesn't matter if I gain weight if I'm going to die tomorrow :)

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I will definitly have more than one dish. Probably all those I can recall the names my grandma and mom can make. I can't say no to have rice combined with any kind of brown sauce, like rice with teriyaki pork.

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If I were to be executed the next day, my last meal would be a serving of Kacamak made by my relative in Montenegro, mountain style, with kiselo mljieko. Man, it's been years since I had that and still I crave it!

Hopefully Kata would be smart and hide me something to help me get out in it (;

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Hmm, last meal would be: a main course of tamales, a side of gnocchi, and desserts of 1) mochi, 2) cheesecake, 3) pumpkin pie, and 4) the prettiest, frosting-covered cupcake I could get.

Thanks for the book giveaway! >,<

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Hi! I'm from Atlanta, Ga (USA)

For my last meal I think I would want steak and chips, with a good cider.

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Good question =)
Probably "Bobó de camarão" (shrimp in yuca cream-ó_de_camarão) with plain white rice, and fresh spring strawberries with homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert.
I'm from Brasília, Brazil

Michigan, United States

I'd definitely pick Takoyaki. I ate them all the time when I was in Japan and would always go on little adventures to go get them (walk to Jiyugaoka and explore till I got tired then stop at Gindaco, wandering through Kabuki-cho, taking the train to Musashi-Koyama to get some then walk all the way back home because the trains shut down for the night, etc) Part of my reasoning for choosing is that they're just so good and addicting but I also have so many memories of Tokyo attached to them as well. :D

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I would really, really like to have a copy of your book. I just started eating healthy a little while ago and I think that eating from a bento will help me get a variety of foods, portion-controlled and healthy all at the same time! I just bought my bento and I can tell that I'm going to need a LOT of education and ideas.