Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^

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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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Hi from Mitaka, Tokyo!

Last meal...... hmmmm. Something home-cooked, definitely - preserved Chinese lettuce braised with pork belly, a good steamed fish, preserved radish omelette, and loads of white rice. And to round it off, my mother's fruit cake, apple pie and cheesecake. Mmmmmmm.

Damn it now I want apple pie.

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Writing from Atlanta, GA!

My last mean would have to be a huge steaming bowl of pho. ^_^

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It would have to be dinner at Japanica, a hibachi restaurant near us. Gorgeous mushroom soup, everything cooked fresh at the hibachi table in front of you, fabulous green tea ice cream for dessert. Mmmmmmmmm....

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Memphis TN, USA

If I were to be executed the next day, what would my last meal be?

Man, that's a hard one....

A bowl of sticky rice, a peach bun, and my mom's fried venison washed down with a glass of chocolate milk.

Yes, I have very odd tastebuds

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Last meal?

Rice with gomashio and chilliflakes, and maybe just a bit of lemonjuice. Oh, and pomegranate juice to drink.

Greetings from Budapest, Hungary ^__^

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My last meal would be pan cooked scallops, mashed potatoes and gravy, and miso soup, a bowl of white rice, and as much sashimi as i could stuff in my mouth! ^___^

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I live in Malaysia, and if I was going to be executed tomorrow, my last meal would be dim sum, all type of the dim sum...I love dim sum. :)

Snow Country, Japan

The vegan shabu-shabu I had at a restaurant in Boston when I lived there.

Chocolate-chocolate cake for dessert.

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Tough call. I love good foods far too much to be able to pick just a few things.

Lemon meringue pie; golden shrimp; prime rib; a sam's special roll; chicken marsalla, and a chicken tostada. pretty much a little bit from all over the world

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Wow that's hard! I'm going to have to go with the cliche -- a steak! With garlic mashed potatoes and lemon-pepper asparagus. :)

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My very last meal before execution, tricky. I think it'd have to be sushi (I want to try otoro tuna and fugu before I go, fugu especially since I'm a dead girl anyway) and yakisoba. I cannot eat enough yakisoba, and I don't have to plan ahead that day.

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New Hampshire, USA

Last meal, huh?

Id either have to go Mexican or Japanese...

Mexican would be some beef tamales, fajitas, chile rellenos, and barbacoas soft shell tacos... not sure what I'd have to drink with that!

Japanese style would be katsudon with lots of bulldog sauce, onigiri with smoked salmon, and a full assortment of sushi, even the expensive kinds :D green tea with it, of course!

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Katsudon, I think, followed by the black tie mousse cake from Olive Garden.
Honestly, I'd probably waste all the time I had left trying to decide.

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I noticed quite a number of people are going gastronomic with their amounts (or perhaps I am just a small eater)! I wouldn't want to die with a stomachache from overeating, so I'd just have like a good bowl of udon noodes in broth and a crème brûlée. I love my sweets.

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Hello,
I live in Ankara,Turkey. I think my last meal would be, meat stuffed grape leaves with garlic yogurt.Yummy:))

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

Melon Pan. When I go back home to the UK I will miss it so much.

I live in Japan by the way :)

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that poor book! i could give it a great home. a lot of my friends are fans of just bento as well. it would be the star of many parties.

and for a last meal... wow. its tough. there is so much good food out there. it might be too much for one meal but this is what i would want:

- a bowl of campbells condensed cream of asparagus soup (i just like it okay?) maybe with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar on top.

- a big plate of really fresh, awesome sashimi and some aged soy sauce with a bowl of super authentic miso.

- at least one slice of gourmet super thin crust pizza topped with plenty of really good cheese, cured meats, spinach, onions, fresh basil and LOTS of garlic and some bruschetta with lots of amazing tomato, parmesano reggiano and fine black pepper on it.

- a bowl of off the vine raspberries and ripe mango and unsweetened whipped cream.

- a warm, fresh bagel with lox, cream cheese, really expensive capers, tomato, and onion with some scrambled eggs and slow cooked bacon on the side.

- a slice of the densest classic, plain cheesecake available with two scoops of ice cream; one cinnamon, the other just sweet cream (no flavoring! absolutely NO VANILLA!) with maybe a nice, chewy snickerdoodle stuck in it and some really salty caramel on the side.

- the best coffee in the world, with nothing but about a half-cup scoop of ben&jerry's or haagen dazs coffee ice cream floated in it and a really good bar of dark chocolate.

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Poor little book, I'll be sure to give it a good home :)

Maastricht, the Netherlands

Being from the Netherlands I think that although I absolutely love several 'foreign' cuisines, I'd go for a (in my eyes) typically Dutch meal. The choice is still difficult though... but I think either:
Boiled potatoes, boiled broccoli and cauliflower and either Bratwurst or 'Slavink' (which is basically half-and-half ground meat wrapped with bacon).
or
'Boerenkoolstammpot' (basically a Kale and potatoe mash) with 'Rookworst' (which is literally a smoked sausage)

Like I said the choice is hard but if I had to pick now I'd say the second :) (but that might have something to do with me cooking the other yesterday evening for dinner ^.^)

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Oh my, I would *love* a copy of this book. I've been making bento (ish) lunches for my daughter for two years, and she's the envy of her schoolmates. But I've been doing this in a very untutored sort of way. A roadmap like this would be most helpful!

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If I was going to be executed the next day, I would my last meal be an enormous beef rib, barbecued!! And a lot of Japanese foods. I know that it has no relationship, but I am very greedy!! I love them!!

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I'm currently living in upstate New York, though my family originally hails from California, which is why my last meal would definitely, definitely be my mom's Mexican feast, which is straight up comfort-food awesomeness-- chicken enchilada casserole and fried burritos with sour cream, homemade guacamole and salsa. And since it's my last meal, frankly, I don't think I would worry about all the carbs and cheese and fried deliciousness. I might not even have a side salad. Just Red Devil hot sauce. Mmmmmm. ^_^

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From Alabama, USA. :D

My last meal if I were executed tomorrow? Hmm, probably every Japanese food I never had the chance to try, and a lot of Chinese that I love.

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My last meal would have to be Bajan flying fish with peas & rice, my mother's simple chocolate cake with a scoop of coconut gelato and a really great cappuccino! But thankfullly (hopefully?) I'm not being executed tomorrow, so there's plenty of time to enjoy some great bentos! ;)

commenting from Ontario, Canada

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ANd one comment coming from Belgium. If I had to be executed the next day and could choose my own dish, it would be stuffed tomatoes with meat balls.A typical Belgian dish, but so delicious and with many flavours. Of course, the dish would be served with some lettuce! Yumi!

Tampa, FL, USA

(ack! i accidentally submitted my comment before i was done! please delete my other one. as much as i want that book, i dont want to cheat!)

that poor book! i could give it a great home. a lot of my friends are fans of just bento as well. it would be the star of many parties.

and for a last meal... wow. its tough. there is so much good food out there. it might be too much for one meal but this is what i would want:

- a bowl of campbells condensed cream of asparagus soup (i just like it okay?) maybe with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar on top.

- a big plate of really fresh, awesome sashimi and some aged soy sauce with a bowl of perfect red miso soup.

- at least one slice of gourmet super thin crust pizza topped with plenty of really good cheese, cured meats, spinach, onions, fresh basil and LOTS of garlic and some bruschetta with lots of amazing tomato, parmesano reggiano and fine black pepper on it.

- a bowl of off the vine raspberries and ripe mango and unsweetened whipped cream.

- a warm, fresh bagel with lox, cream cheese, really expensive capers, tomato, and onion with some scrambled eggs and slow cooked bacon on the side.

- a slice of the densest classic, plain cheesecake available with two scoops of ice cream; one cinnamon, the other just sweet cream (no flavoring! absolutely NO VANILLA!) with maybe a nice, chewy snickerdoodle stuck in it and some really salty caramel on the side.

- the best coffee in the world, with nothing but about a half-cup scoop of ben&jerry's or haagen dazs coffee ice cream floated in it and a really good bar of dark chocolate.

i guess if i had to pick, it would be just the asparagus soup, bagel, and coffee.

newly adoptive book parent?

My last meal would probably be some lovely fresh seafood. I grew up in South Carolina, USA, and always loved eating some nice local catch when we would go to the beach (Folly Beach, most of the time). Blue crabs and hush puppies with cole slaw would be wonderful! Not vegan, I know.

Love the sites and am a blog subscriber actually. Keep up the good work and safe travels!

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Hi! I'm from Fort Worth, Texas. My last meal would be wonton noodle soup, no contest. That is my go to comfort meal and the one thing I crave after long haul flights. I would give your orphaned book a good home.

Detroit, Michigan, USA

How sad that the book is orphaned. :(

I hope to never have to faze the question of what I would want as my last meal, but I would probably be an American and choose a nice fillet and some asparagus dripping in butter. Oh, and something I never get; veggie boxty.

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My last meal would be a rather simply one: fried egg and potatos. The fried egg should be, however, what in Spain is called "con puntilla", that is, deep fried in a lot of very hot olive oil (that makes the border of the egg a bit browny, and very tasty). And the fried potatos in tender thin slices.

I have always though that, should this dish be scarce as caviar, prices would be also outrageous.

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

It would definitely be potluck style of all of my favorites.
Katsudon, Beans and rice, Mexican tacos and burritos, fajitas, Chicken divan, Chicken cordon blue, Tuna noodle casserole, Sushi, lots and lots of different sushi, A plate full of different cheeses, Whole avocados, Steamed broccoli covered in cheese, Asparagus, Crab stuffed mushrooms.. A bowl full of fresh fruit. And I'm sure I could think of more.

For dessert: Cheesecake, Mochi, and ice cream.

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My last meal would be steamed artichoke with garlic aoli, my mom's chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and cream gravy and green bean casserole. Dessert would be lavender creme brulee.

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I'm new to bento so having a book would be most excellent. As for a last meal nothing comes to mind right now but whatever it is, there would be mushrooms.

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I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland - a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Last meal: Surrounded by friends and family, each having made their own specialty that they consider their best dish, just for me!

I'm looking forward to the release of your book. Thanks for offering the orphaned book!

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My last meal would be a humongous Porterhouse steak. I'd probably ask for some creamed spinach and mashed potatoes, too, but I'd focus on eating as much steak as I could. The sides would just fill in the gaps if there were any remaining. I'd like a nice bottle of wine with that, too.

Valerie from Philadelphia, PA, USA

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My last meal? Whew what a hard one...suppose it would depend if it was to be breakfast, lunch or dinner! Breakfast would have to be cheese grits with maple smoked bacon, fresh squeezes cranberry-orange juice with my Mom's blueberry muffins on the side. This meal definitely shows off my Southern birth but Northern upbringing. For lunch I would have to say Tomato soup (gazpacho if its summer) a grilled cheese sandwich and hard cider. Dinner would have to be seafood! Boiled lobster, fresh scrod with grapefruit broiled, buttered, boiled new potatoes, and roasted corn on the cob. Desert hot blueberry buckle with homemade vanilla ice cream!

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Writing from Okinawa, Japan... hmm, my last meal would probably be something Mexican. I absolutely love many Asian foods, but for a last meal, I would return to my roots and have some really spicy tex-mex. :)

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!! Yay ~~ Hope I win!!

My last meal would be:

briny oysters, lots of them!!
all kinds of mushrooms!
chawan mushi!
umeboshi!
tonjiru!
hearts of palm!
curi manju!
steak tartar
filet mignon medium rare
fresh ricotta w honey or olive oil
those marinated olives at Eleven Madison Park
uni
anago
super fresh rice w natto
asa soup
anything w bottarga

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Nova Scotia, Canada

My mother's Julboard.

Elizabeth Bay, Australia

Chef Haru Inukai's foie gras “Chawanmushi” with dashi broth would be my pick. It's a bit like eating a cloud: light and fluffy in texture but with flavors that blow you away.

yum!

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I'm from Germany.

If I were executed tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be in the mood to eat. Or I would eat a lot of chocolat.

Centreville, VA

Something light, maybe a nice piece of fresh salmon. Some sautee'd zuchinni.

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Oh man, you have no idea how much I want this. XD

Carson City, NV, USA

My last meal, huh? Oh man, is my mom still alive? If so, I'd have her spaghetti. It's this amazing meat sauce that's sort of tangy/zesty/sweet/savory. She is repeatedly told that she ought to bottle it. Yum!

If not....probably sushi. It's my weakness.

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Hmm..this is tough. So many things to choose from.

I think I would def pick these:
green Tea vegan ice cream
macha tea
chu-hai
tamagoyaki
avocado, asparagus, cream cheese maki roll with yellow curry sauce

Also something else, but I'm honestly not sure what it should be since it would have to be something I'm craving...so its really hard to say.

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Hello from Naperville, Illinois! My last meal would be scrambled eggs (from happy hens), homemade bread made into toast with butter on it, sliced tomatoes from the garden with salt and cracked pepper, apple cider and 2 homemade chocolate chip cookies. I was going to say lobster, champagne, etc. but for my last meal, probably the things I truly love on a day to day basis would make me happiest. Thanks!

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i guess it's just a bowl of simple homecooked porridge with minced pork and parsley, like how mum makes it.. very often, after a stressful day at work, just that alone can soothe my frazzled nerves.. 母の味だなぁ.. :)

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well, I'm from the mediterranean (-:

my last meal? I don't know, there are so many dishes I love and don't get to eat often but I don't think they really go well together, like: escargot for starters, gnocchi for main and gulab-jamun for dessert with a pitcher of frozen margarita on the side and good Italian coffee with some excellent petit-fours to wrap things up.

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My last meal would be a smorgasborg of cultural foods. If I'm going to leave this world, I will be leaving it with a belly full of the worlds finest. Of course, this will include (but not limited to) indian curry, jamaican jerk, sushi, chicken katsu, bbq, chocolate, and a good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I plan to start my last meal at 10am the day before ^_^.

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From: Seattle, WA

My last meal would be Japanese curry and gyoza, with a loaf of parmesan bread fresh out of the oven and slathered with Normandy butter, finished with a scoop of hazelnut gelato and some cherry pie. I figure if I'm going to be executed, I can have two desserts!

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Minneapolis, MN, USA

My last meal would be gnocchi with panchetta and tomatos

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If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?
Oh, it's very difficult to answer. Probably it would depend on watever cravings I'd have that day ^^. Japanese food is my all time favourite so guess japanese it'll be. Like udon & sushi. And smth chocolate for dessert? ^^
But it surely would be a feast ^^ (since I wouldn't have to worry about calories intake or feeling sick of eating too much). We have saying "hungry eyes" meaning you would like/think you can eat more than your stomach allow you, and (sadly) with age I learned how true is it ^^

Anastasia (Natsu), 25, from Altai Region, Russia