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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I would go sweet and salty--Chinese-style ribs, Korean fried chicken wings, CA rolls and Panera Bread's Cobblestone rolls--yummy!

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My last dinner would be a yellow croaker freshly caught prepared, pan cooked simply with ginger, green onion, and salt.

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I'm so excited to have another chance to win the book!

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

Hmm . . . it would either be something dangerous (fugu, mushrooms I picked myself, or maybe just something socially unacceptable like foie gras), because after all, you are going to die anyway. Or I would just go with a favorite: bento made by grandma with chicken, tofu/sesame/spinach salad, nigiri, kimchi and umiboshi.

Waterville, ME, USA

Chicago, USA

I would like enchilades with mole sauce for my last meal with a couple of chorizo tacos and of course rice and beans.

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If I were going to be executed, my last meal would be a giant heap of Chicken Yakisoba, with a dozen Daifuku! Sure, they're 300 calories a piece, but who cares when you are being executed?

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My last meal would be...a rollcake with tea. If I'm gonna go, I'd like to have something sweet to take with me.

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I think for my last meal I would want chicken paprikash. I always loved this dish when I was a child and usually would only get to eat it about once a year. In my family chicken paprikash was always a soup made with a whole chicken and lots of sweet onions and enough Hungarian paprika to probably dye a T-shirt red with. My father would make simple flour dumplings on the same board his mother used to make those dumplings on. The only time he ever used that cutting board was for making those simple chewy dumplings with lots of herbaceous parsley in them to go only with that soup. I would wait, often impatiently, for the moment he said dinner was ready. I would usually already have a bowl in hand, so enthusiastic was I for dinner. I would run up to the pot and my father would ladle out the soup, always with extra onions from the bottom of the pot, into my bowl. Then he would add the shredded chicken from the bird he had pulled out of the stock previously, and then add lots of those chewy dumplings. I would walk to the kitchen table, carefully so as not to spill any, and then I would add a big dollop of sour cream just to give it that creamy rich flavor. That first spoonful was always like a revelation, perfect in its simplicity but also, to me at least, complex in taste. I'd end up leaving the table reluctantly because I was so full yet I didn't want to stop eating this soup. Now every time I make this dish for myself I remember those times underfoot in the kitchen watching my father cook knowing I was in for a delicious meal. It wasn't just about the food, it was about the anticipation and the happy feeling I would be left with in the end. The meal is still delicious nowadays but with the added benefit of also bringing on those intensely peaceful happy memories from my childhood. What more could you want from a last meal?

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Sydney, Australia.

For my last meal i'd have fish and chips and then cheesecake.

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My last meal would a gigantic round of sushi including dragon rolls, sake kunsei nigiri zushi, and spring rolls.

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It would have to be a nice hamburger with grass-fed kobe beef. Mmmm...

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a last meal... it would have to be a whole mix of things because I like many different types of food: some tempura shrimp, kimchi, fried chicken, spam musubi, my aunty's awesome tuna sandwich, french fries, and a simple vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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Steamed Shrimp and Crab Dumplings

Udon noodles with Kombu Tsuyu

Red Braised Pork Belly
Sweet and Spicy Whole Fish
Grilled Garlic Chicken

Stir fried noodles with vegetables

Peach ice cream

Champagne throughout the meal

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Melbourne, Australia

uhm, mcdonalds

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Seattle, WA

My last meal would be ikura, daikon, on rice, chicken kara age, braised pork belly, sashimi, and a saute of veg (napa, green beans, pac choi, etc.) with fermented bean curd. But the focus would be the ikura. I would like to prepare my last meal myself.

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I'm from Albany, Or USA!

If I were to be executed the next day, I would want stuffed mushrooms, white rice, and the best teriyaki chicken layed on the white rice. Maybe some sheshimi too. :D

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I would want to start with a small pile of fresh sliced salmon with glass noodles drizzled with some gingery soy sauce, and hot sake.
Then thin pork chops stuffed with garlic, raspberry/chipotle sauce, wrapped in bacon and broiled,
peas with spicy brown mustard sauce, oven roasted white potatoes with sea salt and olive oil, with an ivory port..
Ending with green tea mochi, hot tea.. and because it's my last.. more sake.

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I would have a new york cheese cake and chinese stir fry with pork skewers.

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That's a hard question!! It's a toss up between my dad's gumbo and my grandmother's chicken and dumplings. I would also require green beans, squash casserole, and a baked sweet potato. For dessert there would be turtle cheesecake and a cup of New Orleans style café au lait.

Ohh this post has made me crave! Gumbo will probably be on the agenda soon!

West Midlands, England via NC, USA

I could think of a million foods: Japanese, American, Chinese, English, French, Italian, etc.

But I guess I'd go back to my roots and be a Southerner: fried chicken with my mother's potato salad, and a side of green beans with iced, sweet tea to drink.

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Aloha from Hawaii! If I were to have my last meal before I'm executed, I will request to eat misoyaki salmon and mochiko chicken with musubi rice balls topped with ume and natto! And to drink, green (lime) river!

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Aloha from Pearl City, Hawaii! If I were to have my last meal, I would request lobster, shrimp, crab legs, and top sirloin steak! With sweet potato fries and Oreo cheescake with Peach italian soda. :]

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i'm from southern california. your blog makes me miss japan!

my last meal would definitely be my mum's armenian rice pilaf. it's my favourite, most comforting meal.

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Bologna, Italy

i guess, as my last meal i would like to eat something italian, back to the origins ;)
maybe a complete fish meal, like in the best restaurants:

avocado, shrimps and salsa rosa
tagliolini with seafood
every kind of fish, grilled or fried, together with delicious vegetables
mango (ok, that's not from italy, but i love it!)
lemon-cheese cake

(btw, very good question! i had to think about it :)

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If i was going to be Executed the next day my last meal would be a real mixed bag of my favourite things.
Mums Beef Stroganoff w/- rice, well as some gyoza & takoyaki for an entree and deep fried ice cream with caramel sauce for dessert.

Becki :)

Aloha from Honolulu, Hawaii

If I was going to be executed tomorrow, I would want to eat my mom's homemade deep fried stuffed potatos. She mashed the potato, put the seasoned ground beef with mixed vegetable inside and deep fried it. Yummy

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Crispy fried chicken skin would be it. Mmm...

I'm from Noumea, New-Caledonia, but live in Orleans, France

For my last meal, I'd choose a chicken in oyster sauce,with white rice and stir-fry chinese cabbage, a Jasmin tea for drink and...well, why not Dorayki for dessert ? It makes me hungry to write it !! ^_^

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My last dinner would be a smorgasbord of sushi withlots of inari and a MASSIVE slice of Nigella Lawson's chocolate fudge cake, the icing on this cake is so amazing that you really don't need the cake to enjoy it!

Amsterdam - Netherlands

If i had a last meal, i think it would be Chicken Maryland in the UK style (as i am from the UK) with bananas and pineapples, because that's what my father would make for us when he wanted to cook us a treat. According to wikipedia it was on the "First Class" menu of the Titanic, so it might actually have been someones very last meal.

And my thanks, because thinking about it for this post made me want to look it up so i can cook it for my wife and son :)
As you might guess, i would put the book to good use cooking up delicious meals for my family!

Wikipedia link:
Recipe Link:

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turkey sandwich with sweet garlic pickles, fried sweet potatoes, and lava cake for dessert : )

Geneva, Switzerland

I would have:
prawns shomai for starter,
cheese naans, coriander chutney, chickpeas curry and thick cut french fries for main course
raspberry mille-feuille for dessert...
And yes, I know none of these go together...

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French Riviera !

I'd go for sukiyaki !

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

I would be fried... hummmm... Catfish!

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Well if it is my last meal and cost is not an issue i would want a huge Kobe steak, and fugu sashimi served with a pint of Guiness and a Glass of fine scotch for dessert.

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Cheers from Brazil!

For my last meal I'd choose karaague kare, for sure. Hm~

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Seriously I have no idea. Probably nice potatoes and a thick gravy and some fried meat. And something very heavy chocolately for dessert. Let's just hope that no one has a real reason to think about this question...

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I have absolutely no clue on bentos so the ones i've been making is sadly not getting credited by my family.. =*( So this book would definately help me get some appreciation.. ^^

Last meal... hmmm.. hmmm..

sweet potatoes, a bucket full of frozen yogurt with peanut butter and sauteed baby anchovies with onions and jalepenos.. weird, i know but my favorites all mixed up! keke

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Hmm, my last meal would be St-Hubert BBQ chicken. That's the best BBQ chicken in the world, with the best gravy. :P If it's my last meal I don't have to bother with it being healthy and all, you know.

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Yay to 2nd chances!

Re: Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^ - From London, U.K.

If I were to be executed tomorrow I'd want something which would remind me of my childhood so, as I come from Poland originally, I'd had a freshly baked, still hot!, Polish bread with butter and my aunt's home made plum marmalade. My grandma never let me eat the bread really hot, even though it's delicious like that, because she said it was unhealthy - I guess health wouldn't matter much a day before an execution so I'd eat the whole loaf, ha!
And then I'd drink a bottle of Polish mead to anaesthetise myself with gusto ;)

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My last meal? Hmm...tricky question! I think it would be fugu sashimi. Nah, joking aside, I'd have buta no kakuni (yummmmmmmmmmmm) and a bowl of miso ramen. Desert...ummm that would definitely be dorayaki! ^.^

Keep up the great job you're doing, resulting to having many people drooling over your recipes!

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Interesting question. I guess I would turn to childhood comforts and have my Mum cook something from back then.

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They'll never catch me!

I'm from the Netherlands, near the lovely city called Delft.

My last meal... I really like the Ti Pan from the Chinese restaurant I work at. And teriyaki salmon. My dad's onion soup, a salad with bacon and a kind of nuts of which I don't know what the English name would be...

Awwww, there's so much out there that needs to be eaten! ^^ Better not die any time soon!

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I would love to win this beauty!

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from Bavaria

When you love eating.. deciding on one last dish is really hard. But i´d probably like something with cheese...maybe cheese fondue.

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I would definitely spend my last dinner with Mom and Wai Po, indulging on homemade noodles with fresh chicken soup and as many of my Wai Po's spring rolls as possible!

Thanks for putting together such a fantastic site it's been a great resource for preparing hubby's lunches.

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My last meal?

I'd have to go with my Mom's turkey stuffing, some cabbage rolls, gyoza and pumpkin pie. :-)

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For my last meal, I'd ask for a smorgasborg of seafood: crab, salmon, shrimp, lobster, scallops, with roasted potatoes and lots of butter. Possibly a delicious fruit smoothie and top it off with a warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Though I'd have to cry if I was told I would never eat again; I love food too much!

Beaverton, Oregon

My last meal would be kielbasa and saurkraut with potato,cheese, and onion perogies and apple perogies. Maybe some cooked soy beans, half a PB&J and some chocolate chip cookies.

There are so many more things I would add but I don't think a bento box would hold everything. :(

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Dublin, GA, USA

My last meal would be my mother's homemade potato soup and cornbread, no doubt.