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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Wellington, New Zealand

If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?: Ooh. A super duper deluxe sashimi platter!

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From Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

For my last meal, I'd like to request the following items that I can't get right now: a fresh bowl of Penang Laksa noodle soup (preferably from the street vendor at Air Itam Market), a Koczel beer from Czech Republic, and for dessert, mango rice pudding or chendol.

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My last meal would be a jumble of different things including homemade pineapple and sauerkraut pizza, salami-garlic-corn pizza, twice baked potato, steak, morels from my Grandpa's farm, rhubarb crisp, a tartlet made out of Fireside apples, ham and asparagus crepes with Béchamel, Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, a pitcher of thai iced tea, a liter of San Pelligrino water, several bottles of my friend's homebrewed beer. Undoubtedly I'd be among the many of this list heading off to death with a full stomach.

Oakville, ON

Pasta, pasta, pasta with a lovely pesto. Hmm, now I'm hungry...

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Georgia, USA

My last meal?
My grandma's chicken and dumplings.
What more can you ask for?

Melbourne, Australia

Fluffy white rice, nori, fresh veggies, garlic bread, curry & foie gras!

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Hmm, I'd like a meal from the Charleston restaurant in Baltimore MD by chef Cindy Wolf, with matching wines. The current tasting menu is curry lobster soup, cornmeal fried oysters with lemon mayo, arugula and frisee salad, lamb chops, a cheese course, and passion fruit flan. And then if I have any space, stuff myself with Bear Papas dulce de leche cream puffs and sweet muscat wine. Yeah, I'll be satisfied. :)

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For my last meal it'd have to be:
Entree: agedashi tofu
Main: Roast Vegetables with Mushroom Gravy
Desert: Pavlova with Feijoa fruits (Although that would mean I would only have two months I could die in).

Awww, now I'm hungry!

Edinburgh, UK

Final meal ... hmm, tough one. I suppose it'd have to be Salade de Boeuf and cabbage rolls with polenta, hopefully homemade. As much as I like other foods of the world, I'll never outgrow my childhood.

Aw, ok, I'll claim this poor orphaned book :3

Its new home? New York.

My last meal...would be a picnic...with all my friends and family invited....I would want to cook with them and then we'd get to eat it, then sadly, I'd die :(
The last meal, should be something homely (my grandmother's rice with her garden grown string beans, spare ribs (lol, not from the garden) and potatoes with a sort of gravy....so nostalgic!)
I don't wanna die!

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hmmm ... tough choices!

i'd choose some really top quality Japanese & Chinese food (sashimi, sushi, tempura, udon, beef hor fun, soya sauce chicken, stir fried Chinese broccoli, Singaporean chilli crab and cereal prawns) followed by European chocolate truffles and a good coffee! :)

Takamatsu, Japan

Definitely my mom's tomato hotdish. I haven't eaten it in more than ten years, but I still wake up having dreamt about it. I've tried making it myself, but it's just not the same.

St Louis, MO

Last meal... Hmm.. pork belly. Thick cut fries with smoked gouda. The darkest, chocolatiest cake I can find and a bottle of extra special spicy red wine.

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I can't leave this poor book abandoned! Last meal: pizza delivered from a certain place in Ohio ( I'm in Texas & still miss it) ans ice cream (chocolate & peanut butter) Ok now I want some ice cream.
I've been using an untraditional bento philosophy for lunch: I have my container and fill it with a balance of foods. PB&J with carrots as a side, cheese, crackers, & grapes. It makes me think more than just tossing something into a bag.

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From Olympia (near Seattle), USA

Last meal would have to include gourmet mac & cheese, since it's been my favoritest food since I was a kid, I lived on it in college, and have never gotten tired of it. That would be the side dish to ... maybe duck in port wine and plum sauce. Also a small salad with fresh peas and other spring veggies. Some excellent merlot to go with all that. And finally, a dark chocolate cake once made by my favorite french restaurant in Seattle, Campagne (but alas, that pastry chef is no longer there). With some vanilla Olympic Mountain ice cream and a double latte.

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For my last meal, I would probably ask for something I had never eaten before from a different country.

Or one of those $1,000 sundaes.

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My last meal would be something we call chow mein in my family. It doesn't really resemble anything that you would see called chow mein in any Asian restaurant. It's sort of a stir fry with some meat, onions, celery, bean sprouts, and seasoning. It's served over rice. And it brings back warm memories of childhood for me. So chow mein would be my last meal along with a nice serving of memories.

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My last meal :

Spicy Sambal Kangkung - a Malaysian delicacy.
Rich, thick, aromatic curry chicken - eat with oven-fresh bread (great to scope up the thick gravy)
Deep fried garupa - topped with fried ginger, garlic and drizzled with sesame oil.
BBQ Five Spice Roast Pork, served with steamy white rice.

A glass of ice-cool chinese tea, to wash it down.

Buurrpp..

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My last meal would be all desserts!
Kahlua and espresso tiramisu!
Chocolate turtle cheesecake!
White and dark chocolate fondue with tons of fresh fruit and baked goods to dip!

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I'm live on the eastern coast of the US, but my family background (and food background) is mixed. I grew up eating a mix of "southern" or "country" food and filipino food, which means my fried chicken is ALWAYS served next to hot steamed rice, topped with a simple salad of freshly diced tomato and green onion, slightly marinated in patis/fish sauce. Traditions :)

If I was given a choice of a last meal, I'd probably long for something home-y. I can think of no better comfort food than simple ham and beans (some know it as 13 bean soup) atop hot steamed rice. To this day, it remains a food that has never failed to make me feel good inside! The simple thriftiness reminds me of my humble upbringing, but growing up I never wanted for anything but my 3 meals a day! The rice has always been a marker of my asian background (I could eat it everyday, with every meal, and I would never get sick of it, true Filipino!), and to bring the other half in, sweet tea. Real sweet tea, the likes of which can only be truly distinguished by someone raised in the south. Dessert is a must, and it would have to be my mother's pecan pie. Not a perfect slice, but a broken, falling-apart mass that always seems to happen, that I'm used to. I would think I would want something light, and fresh, ripe, local strawberries fit that bill. They will forever remind me of my maternal grandfather, who used to prepare them, sliced and mixed with sugar. He would spoon mounds of it into plastic bags and set them in the freezer so they would last between seasons.

I would absolutely have to have food deeply linked to good memories of times past, without a doubt.

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My last meal would be malai kofta from my favourite Indian restaurant.

Sunnyvale, California

Cheese, fruit, nuts, bread, wine. Awesome.

Portland, Oregon!

I think I'd go with one of those sample-platter concepts, only maybe more interesting because I'd want all the food to be in miniture. Like, a teeny tiny cup of sukiyaki, and a single bite of mochi ice cream. After that, I'd want probably 1,000 types of food, far too extensive a list for a comment here. Suffice to say that I would want my last meal (possibly broken up into three or four "meals" while I took time to digest) to at least let me taste the places I will never be able to go to, and experiences I will never have (because I'm being executed for NO GOOD REASON D=!!!).

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Lets see, hmm. As much as there are a lot of wonderfull things i have eaten over the years I think if I was going to only have one more meal ever I would want my favorites from growing up. My Fathers smoked pork ribs, my Mothers chicken and dumplings, my Grandmothers fried potatoes and gravy, My uncles grilled porterhouse beacuse to this day he's still the only person who can cook them how I like. None of it really goes together in one meal but its all the things I would want to remember as I go.

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That is such a tough question! I think I would have heirloom tomato gazpacho, mountain dal (from the Mangoes and Curry Leaves cookbook), a grilled cheese on homemade bread with cougar gold cheese, and the most ripe, juicy peach imaginable. I would follow it all with a huge bowl of toasted coconut ice cream. Hey, it's a last meal--no need for portion control!

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I love food, but for a last meal, sentiment would mean far more than anything else. I would have to go for a teriyaki chicken bento--I had a rather delicious one as one of the first meals with my beloved a few years ago, and it was what got me interested in Japanese food in the first place! And maybe a few kisses from him for dessert? I can do that if I'm to be executed...

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Pick me, pick me please!!!!!!!

Last meal would be an odd mix of my favorite things. Buffalo chicken wings with ranch dipping sauce, Mexican roll, cheese fondue, and Olive Garden bread sticks.

Edmonton, Canada

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Arlington, Virginia, USA

My last meal would be spaghetti carbonara (with a glass of Virginia Cabernet Franc--awesome stuff!) but only if I can cook it myself. I'd like to go out knowing I made something good with my hands! =)

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I'm in Dubuque, Iowa, USA.

It would be so hard to pick just one thing (or a few things that would make up one meal), but it would be something with strong flavors--my favorite mushrooms stuffed with spinach, dijon mustard and parmesan, or great salsa and guacamole, some terrific sashimi, curried squash soup, the amazing fried chicken with green papaya salad from the Lao place in Madison... and CHOCOLATE!!!!!

I would also like to note that I am opposed to the death penalty. No executions!! :)

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lobster with butter and fried clams. guess, I'd better be executed in boston.

NYC, USA

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ANything my mom makes for me. I don't care if its the beef tripe soup again, I will eat it happily.

and some fried chicken would be nice.

mommybee17 [at] gmail [dot] com

Freehold, NJ

I would want a plateful of my mom's sweet-and-sour meatballs, served over mashed potatoes made the right way (w/ butter & heavy cream). Decadence on a plate, and my all-time #1 comfort food meal.

Orange County

My last meal would definitely be my mom's kimchi jjigae. There's nothing like home-made spicy yummy Korean food!

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I think my last meal would have to be a little bit of everything on the menu at Deanie's (http://www.deanies.com/). It was my favorite of the places we used to go for special family outings when I was a kid and it's still one of the best seafood joints here in New Orleans (^_^)

...only now my stomach can't handle so much fried food, so it'd have to be my last meal......

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Ooooo! I have recently discovered bento and have been trying to incorporate to my lunches. No way I would not claim this book!

Last meal? I have 36 food allergies that give me severe headaches. So chocolate would be a must as well as blueberry cobbler and pumpkin pie. Pizza too. However, mostly it would be chocolate. Maybe Dr. Pepper but funny thing some of the foods have lost its appeal. The 36 food allergies have helped me become more healthy. Chocolate cake for breakfast has lost its appeal .....

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Hey y'all from Lafayette, LA
My last meal would definitely have to be Chuu Chee from Pimon Thai here in lafayette and a side of a dozen scrambled eggs and 5 sunny side up, I Love eggs! Chuu Chee is a thai dish made with red thai curry and shredded coconut, My choice of meat is shrimp. I love this dish so much I recreated it in my kitchen, but theirs has an extra umph to it I just can't duplicate. If I don't hear from you about the book ;-) have a safe trip!!!!

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Just give me gyozas and lotus soup and I'll die a happy woman. Heh, to be honest, I spotted your book at our local Kinokuniya branch (Singapore) so I'll be picking up a copy soon anyway~

BC, Canada

Hi!
My last meal would have to be prime rib with mashed potatoes! Yummm...

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My last meal ever.... that's really hard!

Since I'm dying I wouldn't mind being stuffed to oblivion and suffering from horrifying acid reflux so.....

-one of those silly giant sailboats of sushi - like enough for at least 4 people and it would have to include the Crunchy Roll from Ami and some really good sashimi.
-a slice of Porky The Pie pizza from Pizza Express
-my mom's enchiladas: the oldschool recipe not the new diabetic-friendly recipe (sorry guys - it's just not as good!)
-medium heat buffalo wings from Buffalouie's
-A venti iced chai (double pump)
-anything from The French Laundry, Momofuku and Alinea
-a child size steak from Janko's Little Zagreb
-1 square of vegan peanut butter crispy treats from Bloomingfoods
-assorted fast food grossness (a McDonald's McDouble, a chicken leg from KFC, a piece of fish from Long John Silvers and a taco from Taco Bell)
-a cookie made from my most favorite of all cookie recipes

After all that I don't think I'll need to be executed! I'll just die of food glut!!

=heather :D

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Rice. I dunno what else, but rice would definitely be on the menu.
Interesting question though, made me do some Googling about last meals. Apparently one Philip Workman requested that a pizza be delivered to a homeless person. The prison denied his last request, but the public that had heard it delivered mass amounts of pizzas to local homeless centres. Pretty touching story.

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A very simple meal -- somen! Can't get enough of the stuff....

from Maryland, USA

My last meal would be... Thanksgiving Dinner! Smoked turkey from the Amish Market, ham with pineapples, cornbread dressing, string beans with thick cut bacon, creamy mashed potatoes, collard greens, homemade croissants, real cranberry dressing, sweet potato casserole, watergate salad, egg nog... And best off all, loud, noisy, laughing family to send me on my way!

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My mother's beef stew, with a warm slice of her Irish soda bread on the side. It's so filling and tasty, and it's my ultimate winter comfort food. If I were being executed tomorrow, I'd ignore the season and go for that meal.

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My last meal would have to be a freakingly huge amount of sushi/sashimi..... mm mmm mmmmm =D

Capital of Canada! :D

And the capital isn't Toronto...Not sure why people keep thinking that. My last meal, I would like to have Spam Musubi. Afterall, doesn't matter how bad for you it is if you're going to die right?

Man I could wolf down tons of those. In Hawaii...! :D

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm still counting down the days this book arrives in Canada!

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I'd just go all out. Baked Alaska, tuna steak, Navajo tacos, filet mignon, Steak and Shake milkshakes, and every Eastern Asian street food I could think of. Essentially I'd just keep requesting stuff in the hopes that I could stave off the execution by saying "Hold on, I'm not done with my last meal yet."

Really hope I win. Just recently got into making Bento and would love a guide :)

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I would want my last meal to be sushi made by my boyfriend :-)

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I would want a nice fresh whole wild salmon, caught by me, grilled and smoked over charcoal with pecan wood. The salmon would have plenty of fermented tabasco hot pepper sauce home made. After cooking crisp the salmon would be served with a creamy fish chowder sauce poured over the top on the plate.

A beautiful fresh Batavia lettuce salad with a nice sesame seed salad dressing freshly prepared. Salad would include fresh red Lipstick peppers, Brandywine tomatoes, basil, radichio, red cipollini onions, mizuna with almonds and figs.

French "Charentais" melons for dessert.

Fresh cold Carrot juice for a drink.

Everything organically grown.

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From Virginia, USA!

My last meal? Probably all indian, like my mama's cooking. Chicken Makhani, Palak Paneer, rice, and garlic naan. With a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake to finish it off! And milk with a splash a coke (childhood drink... i know...weird) Might as well gorge on all the food you can!

Silicon Valley, CA

Hmmm....I think it would be simple & homey -- like my mom's teriyaki chicken, grilled asparagus, rice and CAKE :)