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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Re: Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^

It's amazing how my first visit here happens at the same time of this wonderful giveaway!
I'm just discovering a whole new universe, and I found it in an absolutely casual way, as I spend my lunch-time in the office where I work, and I was looking for some easy, healthy but tasty way to eat out of home. It must be a lucky sign!
Anyway, I'm from Padua, in north-eastern Italy, and for my last meal I'd choose my home made pasticcio di verdure (vegetables pie) followed by roasted duck with orange sausage, combined with red wine from Colli Euganei (where I live) and dark chocolate cake for dessert.
And now I'm hungry:-)))))

Washington, DC, USA


What an interesting question! I would have to say, were I to be executed tomorrow, my last dinner would be nothing more than a traditional Malaysian meal, made by my grandmother. It would include:

-Baked chicken curry puffs (with the crimped edges Grandma paid so much attention to!)

-Steamed radish cake with homemade Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, and mushrooms

-Longevity noodles with prawns, sea scallops and choi sum (cabbage hearts) in a brown gravy. Irony aside, this simple dish was a staple of many childhood dinners, and evokes for me the ultimate comfort food.

If I were to choose my last meal, the memories of love and family tradition would trump all :)

Leuven, Belgium

What a difficult question!!! Probably something as follows:

sashimi of yellowtail, toro, scallops and shrimp
chinese braised beef noodlesoup (mei fun)
roastbeef with bearnaise sauce and smiley faced croquette's
abalone with pak choi and oyster sauce
cheese platter
strawberry sabayon

hmmmm... I think I might need another dish to add to this menu... so many things to choose from!!!

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Ooh. Fondue, I think. Lots and lots of hot melty cheese! With lots of hot melty chocolate for dessert.

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My last meal... it'd take so long they'd have to delay the execution!

-butternut squash or creamy tomato soup to start, accompanied by crusty bread
-a salad with walnuts, pears, and goat cheese (breaded and lightly fried)
-at least one roll of bacon and avocado maki
-salmon... somehow... with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes on the side
-a slice of flourless chocolate cake, covered in raspberries
-a scoop of green tea ice cream
-and finally, a cappuccino

If they had the patience to wait this long, they'd have to roll me out!

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from Arlington MA, USA

I'd definitely need comfort food that I normally can't stomach all at once, so tomato soup, grilled cheese, french fries, chocolate milkshake, and strawberry shortcake.

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My last meal would be a variety of fried foods and carbs. Nothing healthy!

Kara-age, tonkatsu, korokke, tempura, gyoza, fresh Japanese white rice (and nori), and shokupan. Oh, and don't forget curry pan, and its cousin with a hotdog in the middle! Butter-and-Japanese-sliced-cheese sandwiches (on shokupan, of course) will also be required. Drink of choice? Soukenbicha.

I am an American, but I've lived in Tokyo since infancy (minus the years I was in college).

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It wouldn't do to be receiving orphans just as one it getting executed! There would have to be a change of plan so I could enjoy many last meals cooked from the book in my home a few hours southwest of Chicago.

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25 canelloni of my grandma, red wine and chocolate cake!

Thanks for all maki!

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If I had to order a last meal, I would ask them to let me go to my mother's house. I would start out with and eel donburi and miso soup. I would them move on to my mother's pot roast with garlic dauphnoise potatoes and grilled haricote verte. Dessert would be sweet potato pie and Edy's ice cream sandwich ice cream.

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I think i would have a german knuckle with some beer :)

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I live very close to the geographic center of the continental United States.

If I had to choose a last meal, it would probably be everything I could get my hands on. After all, there would be no need to worry about weight gain!

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Toronto / ON / Canada

I missed having a Thanksgiving dinner this year, so right now I'd choose a full turkey dinner as my last meal!

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I'm from Cincinnati ,Ohio... My last meal would have to be my mother's stuffed mushrooms, GOOD fettuccini alfredo (just fresh pasta, good butter, and great cheese), and rhubarb pie. YUM!

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St Paul, MN!

my last meal? but of course...
1. sushi!
2. red curry w/ fire roasted red bell peppers, + onions + zucchini + sweet potatoes
3. paneer naan
4. romaine and arugala greens, gorgonzola, vidalia onion, strawberry salad with a rare peppercorn/sea salt crusted steak
5. warm gingerbread + homemade vanilla ice cream with cranberry sauce and hot fudge topped with whipped cream and a cherry!

Re: Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^, Melbourne, Australia

Last meal... a very hard question. Nothing beats grandma's home cooked traditional food made with lots of love such as braised meatballs and shitake mushrooms, banh xeo and the Cantonese soup. Oh... can't forget the mentaiko onigiri and ramen ^_^.

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hi! longtime reader, first time commenter! :)
i'm from Upstate Ny

the last meal i'd have would be ellio's pizza and spicy nacho doritos.
i know it's crap food, but it's always been comforting to me.

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My last meal would be Tandoori Indian food followed by a piece of fry bread with buffalo chili, oh and something very decadent and chocolaty for dessert!

Brooklyn, NY

The first thing to come to mind was congee. Definitely congee. with lean salty pork and century eggs with lots of fried crullers for dipping. *sigh*

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Hey there! I'm from Brazil :)

Hm, if it were my last meal... Well, I don't know if my executers would let me, but I would probably want to cook something for all my family and friends. I'm kind of a self-taught chef, but they hardly get to eat the things I make... So, for a last meal, insted of eating by myself, I'd rather cook for the people I love! I'm not sure, maybe salmon or a cheese pie, but I'd definitly want to spand my last meal with them. Even if I were to burn all the food! :P

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I'm from the UK, so I would never have to make the decision on my last meal no matter what! But I might as well ;)
I think I'd have sweet and sour tofu; I made it from a blog online, and it's absolutely delicious. We tried it with premade polenta and it's definitely an acquired taste, but it blended fairly well with the sauce.
And the drink. Red Guava Juice. Yum yum!

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Hmm, I would not take the time to eat at all - I would go out and plant some rose bushes! ;)
And then devote myself to reading your book....

Re: Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^ Philadelphia, PA

For my last meal I would want braised catfish in a spicy sauce that I tried in China a few months ago. I still refer to it as "The Fish" with my friends who were there with me.

England, UK

I think I would use the oppotunity to eat lots of the things I don't usually let myself eat!
More specifically, maybe proper pizza to start, roast duck, and lots of chocolatey things (including truffles) and amazing coffee for dessert! :)

Idaho, USA

Hmm, probably as much pasta with tomato cream sauce as I can hold and other high carb, terrible for me things.

san diego

My last meal would definitely have to be korean bbq - bulgoki, plenty of sides, kimchi and steaming rice. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

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I'm from Northern California ^.^

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

I would have to say that my last meal would be a perfect cup of milk tea served with delicious, perfectly grilled salmon with garlic bread or brown rice, followed by green tea ice cream for dessert.

send that book to Denver, CO!

If I had to choose a last meal, it would be tricky -- it would have to be my mom's cooking, and I'm not sure executioners let your mom cook your last meal! I'd probably be pretty boring about it, too... london-broil steak in a sesame marinade, with mashed potatoes and a salad.

On the other hand, everything I've ever eaten at Frasca in Boulder is orgasmically delicious, so some lamb and gnocchi from there would do in a pinch ;)

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Oh, what a hard choice! I'd probably ask for lots of Usinger's braunschweiger (a company out of my husband's hometown of Milwaukee, WI), at least one green tea latte and a peppermint mocha each from Starbucks, my grandmother's cranberry salad, a slice of pumpkin pie, a can of smoked oysters, a big bowl of miso soup, and lots of different dishes made with shrimp, lobster, and scallops (including some sushi). I love me some seafood!

Casi Z from Dickson, TN, USA

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my last meal would be
spicy fried chicken
my husband’s cheesy mashed potatoes with gouda cheese
broccoli with cheese
a cheese (cheese from around the world) and fruit
the blueberry mouse from the restaurant Three Folks in Dallas, TX
turtle cheesecake

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I find your site so inspiring, I can't wait to see what I'd do with the book! Pick me!

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I'm french canadian living in the capital (Ottaw) and my last meal would be my mother's "vol-au-vent".
A vol-au-vent (French for "windblown" to describe its lightness) is a small hollow case of puff pastry. A round opening is cut in the top and the pastry cut out for the opening is replaced as a lid after the case is filled.
Since I was a little child mom would make them with a chicken béchamel sauce filled with mushrooms, carrots, brocolli and big chunks of chicken. She says that whenever she made them for me my eyes would grow the size of quarters and I would exclaim "gnaaa" (my happy sound) every time.
Keep up the good work :D from Caroline

Re: Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^...hello from Geneva, Sw

ran out of room on the subject line....oh well.

My last meal....I wonder if I'd have much appetite knowing the fate awaiting me. But, if I did, I'm sure I'd want comfort foods and lots of chocolate. Something grandmother's lefse, and then her homemade applesauce was so good too. Some homemade bread with butter. Been craving a layered, chocolate cake like nuts lately, so that would figure in there also. Probably some fondant au chocolat and some cherries, too.
Not sounding like the most balanced meal ever, (getting a little weird, almost) but if it's my last, I'm going to really have what I want. : )

So Happy Together....

How fun. I'd love a signed copy of this book. This website got me into bento. I live in Washington DC.

For my last meal, I would ask to be a guest judge on the Iron Chef and have Morimoto and Rick Bayless go at it with cucumber as the secret ingredient. This would also include some specialty drinks.

I would be hoping that a small portion of Cha Ca Fish got onto the menu at some point, just as a teaser.

btw - Begining 2 months ago, after my honeymoon, I've been making bentos for my husband and myself every workday. So much fun. I even have the egg molds now.

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Bulgogi. With Kimchi on the side. That's my last meal!

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I'm from Zagreb, Croatia.

I guess I would take some chocolate! ;)

Re: Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^ Greece

As a greek-american I would choose :
Lentil soup made by my grandmother accompanied with salty sardines in oil and vinegar with some kalamata olives. As a side I would have some saganaki ( fried feta cheese) some tzatziki and greek bread. Also, some green olives from our own trees, and a sour cherry soft drink.
An alternative would be unagi with rice or sushi style unagi with some udon noodles and another option would be pho soup (vietnamese soup).
The book looks awesome and if I don't win I plan on buying it when I got back to seattle from greece for xmas. :)

I hail from urban America...

..and therefore cannot use the locative case for the name of my home.
Corny Latin jokes aside, my last supper would be more about the people than the food. It may sound cheesy, but great company helps you enjoy the food more. For example, I went to France and had to-die-for cooking at half the places, and superb cooking that fell short of to-die-for cooking. However, I enjoyed the latter more at one place because of the company. We were laughing, talking, and letting our worrisome lives slip away.
For my last meal, I would pick a kind of sharing meal, where my friends and family sit down at a round table. The meal would include small portions of onigiri, Haitian meat patties, my mother's pancakes, and my father's meatballs for an appetizer, Hispanic rice, stuffing, and that lemon fish for an entree, along with broccoli and raw mushrooms, and chocolate chip cookies, mangos, strawberries, red grapes, pineapple, apples, ice cream and a cupcake each. Accompanying our food would be red wine, water, milk, and tea. Three courses of wonderful food shared with ineffable people, all of us celebrating my passing to a better place.

(Sorry if this posted already, but I tried yesterday and it's not showing in my browser.

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Since I'm vegan and allergic to gluten, my last meal is probably different from what other people would choose. I would want my homemade vegan mac n cheese made with gluten free noodles, earth balance butter, chipotle Parma, and nutritional yeast with tempeh and peas =] So delicious!

I'd love to give the book a home =]

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I am a bento enthusiast from Atlanta, GA, USA.
My last meal would be my mother's cooking of sweet potato rice porridge, her style of kombu tsukudani, tempeh, and vegetable soup.
Her cooking is more to the light-bland side and very simple and straight forward.
I grow up eating her cooking and a lot of my friends say I have a very sensitive taste buds and good sense of smell.
Thanks to Mother!

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If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?
Haha My last meal would be gratin dauphinois, a dish that I've made a few times and always craves it.

And I really love your websites and all of your recipes! Your book would really help me make my lunches!