Monday, June 21, 2010

Bento book GIVEAWAY!!!! ~~~CLOSED~~~


I was recently contacted by the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Quirk Books and she asked if I would be interested in receiving a review copy of Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches, by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa. I quickly wrote back and let her know that I would love to receive the book BUT that I wanted to offer that book to one of my readers as I had already purchased a copy, loved it and wanted to share the love.  I have been a long time follower of Crystal's blog and a more recent follower of Maki's blog and as I can't get enough of their bento ideas and instruction on how to make super cute, fun and nutritious bentos, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book.

I was thrilled when my book arrived (the one that I ordered and actually paid for!) as it is filled with over fifty photos of completed bento boxes, each with an ingredients list, step-by-step directions and even recipes.  The pictures teach the reader how to simply craft their food into an array of fun shapes from chicks, octopi, caterpillars, walruses, cars, and frogs to flowers, princesses, angels, bumblebees, kitty cats, ladybugs and even Little Red Riding Hood and bears.  There's a wonderful section on the boxes, tools and accessories needed and used to make the bentos as well as a shopping guide.  One of my favorite little things in the book is a two page spread on the ingredients for happy faces. Basically it's pictures and descriptions of ingredients, shapes and what to use to create the heads, eyes, noses, mouths, cheeks, ears, hair and even accessories for all the adorable food people and animals anyone might want to add to their bento.

Crystal and Maki put together a great book for anyone who likes playing with their food, wants to learn how to make adorable lunches for both children and adults and even those who just need some new ideas and inspiration.  I think one of the best features of the book is that it's simple, well laid out, with plenty of step-by-step photos and you don't need to be a cook or an artist to re-create the bentos.

Would you like to win a copy of  Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches? If so, it's easy peasy.  All entries must be received by Sunday, July 18 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time.

* For one entry, leave a comment on this post along with a way to contact you. (One comment per person please.)

Ways to get extra entries for the book giveaway:

* For one additional entry, become a follower of Maisie Eats Bento. Please leave a separate comment letting me know that you became a follower.

* For one or two additional entries, become a follower of one or both of my two other blogs: Moments with Maisie and/or Cook Lisa Cook. Please leave a separate comment letting me know that you became a follower and of which blog(s).

* And finally, you can get 2 extra entries by creating a new blog post on your blog about this giveaway with a link back to this blog post. Again, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you created the post and include in the comment a link back to your post.

As I said, easy-peasy and a possibility of 6 chances to win!!. I will be verifying all entries and removing any that don't follow the rules.

Good luck and a winner will be drawn at random.

98 comments:

Astrid said...

Just one entry for me, but I'd love to win! a lag ue at gm ail dot com, no spaces, actual dot, of course.

A Beautiful Mess said...

I want that book!!

I am already a follower of all three of your blogs:)

TK said...

Just became a follower. I usually have these in my google reader, but clicked on the follow link!

Kim O
sweetiee1@gmail.com

TK said...

Now here is my other comment, saying how much I would love this book. I have two kiddos now going to school in the fall so I need some creativity!

Thanks!
Kim O
sweetiee1@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

Woohoo... I love making Bento's. I tried so hard this past school year to make some cool ones, but my girls were happy with the ones I made. This book looks awesome and I should just get a copy for myself. Thanks for the chance to win one.

Jennifer said...

I love this blog and I follow it as well as your Moments with Maisie. My daughter will start competing level 3 this year and is so excited. She loves gymnastics.

Jenna said...

So exciting! This book looks awesome! I would love to win and I will defiantly try all 6 ways. To contact me you can e-mail me or go to my blog. jenainwonderland at gmail dot com

Gina said...

I would love this book! I've been in awe of your bentos and would love to have a hard copy of how to do it, especially since my picky eater is starting kindergarten this fall!

gradh at cox dot net

Gina said...

I've also become a follower of your bento blog, officially!

Gina said...

Now my post that says that I'm now an official follower of both Maisie's blog and your cooking blog!

Hope I win!! Thanks for the opportunity!

M3 said...

Please enter me -- you know I love bento stuff!!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, enter me, too. You know where to reach me :)

Ilene

Jenna said...

Just became a follower of Maisie Eats Bentos! Which I have been reading for over a year and love!

Jenna said...

Just became a follower of Moments with Maisie, I haven't read this blog but I look forward to reading it.

Jenna said...

Now I am following Cook Lisa Cook! I love cooking blogs and I love that you are cooking interesting things with veggies.

Melissa said...

Fun book! :) And so nice of you to want to offer it up to your readers!

another lunch (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks!!

Marlena said...

I want it. Pick Me, please, please. Thanks for the giveaway.

Briana's Mom said...

I'm in!!! You know I follow all your blogs. :D

See ya Saturday!

nonspecific said...

I'm already following this blog with the livejournal feed! I need to get back in the habit of doing cute bentos instead of just tossing leftovers in a container for the next day.

Julie said...

Please add me to your contest! That book looks amazing! I follow your 3 blogs on Bloglines.
julie_benard(at)yahoo.ca

Greg, Angie and Ethan Frey said...

I love your bento boxes! So cool and fun! My little one will really enjoy them in a few years!

Greg, Angie and Ethan Frey said...

And I also became a follower of this blog. Although I un-officially followed it before. :-)
gregangiefrey@gmail.com

Greg, Angie and Ethan Frey said...

I am an official follower of Moments with Maisie too. She is just too cute!
I really hope I win! :-)

Greg, Angie and Ethan Frey said...

Ohhh I didn't realize you had a cooking and recipe blog too!! I just followed it and can't wait until it's nap time so I can start looking through all your rceipes! They look great!

k1polzin said...

what an awesome give away!

Kim Evans

shelley said...

I follow you anywhere. I have just begun to "bento" but we love it and will be stalking you to get more ideas.

shelley said...

I followed on your cooking blog as well. you are really trying to inspire me....it really could work this time. I love your cooking site.

La-La-Liene said...

It's been awhile since I've checked out this blog but I have been following on the other.

The book looks fabulous Lisa! I'd love to win a copy of it. It still amazes me how much time you take in Maisie's bento lunches.

If I win you can email me through my blog. We need to have a GA girl get together soon. It's been too long!

Sneeka said...

Hello, here's my first entry. Shaneeka
-sneeka@gmail.com

Sneeka said...

I am officially following this blog (Maisie Eats Bento) - although I've had you bookmarked for over a year now. Love this blog!

sneeka@gmail.com

Sneeka said...

I am now also following Moments with Maisie - another of my favorites from you!

Shaneeka
sneeka@gmail.com

Sneeka said...

I also followed Cook Lisa Cook for my fourth entry for this wonderful book!

Shaneeka
sneeka@gmail.com

Sneeka said...

I made a blog post about you and this contest here:
http://shaneekakitchen.blogspot.com/2010/06/yum-yum-lisa.html

please feel free to check out the rest of my blog!

Thanks,
Shaneeka
sneeka@gmail.com

B.e.e. said...

First entry for me! Great website! Bento always seemed so daunting before. I just CAN'T make Van Gogh's "Starry Night" out of rice! beth (at) gaedmondsons (dot) com

Bethanie said...

Now I'm a follower! :)

MeiLi's Adoption Journey said...

I have been readin your blog, and love your bento menus. I have yet to try one, the book I'm sure would be a great inspiration, so please count me in for an entry. Thanks
jemwillow@gmail.com

Natalie said...

I love reading your blog and also Cook Lisa Cook. I would love to win the book.
You can contact me at: narhets@hotmail.com

Jenny said...

I just discovered your blog today, and I'm loving it! (One entry)

Jenny said...

I'm also a follower of your blog now! (entry two)

Kathleen McDonagh said...

I just recently started making bentos for my toddler, and I never anticipated how addicting this would become! ;-) A bento cookbook would be a great addition to my bento stash.
My email is mckath at austin dot rr dot com.

May Tan said...

Hi, i'm mother to 3 lovely kids. I wish i could get this book because i'm running out of ideas what to cook and how i can make my cooking more intresting. Kids lately has been very fussy on the food that i cooked and i hope by having this book i can have more ideas how to make my cooking more attractive for them to eat.

Thank you.

arkonite_babe said...

I'm already a follower!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book for my niece and goddaughter!

Lou
Lou@lousworld.com

Tenchi-kun said...

Leaving a comment here, just became a follower of your blog and the others you listed!

Ash said...

I'd love a copy! Crystal's work is amazing. thebookofdealy@aim.com

Tenchi-kun said...

Second comment - following both Moments with Maisie and Cook Lisa Cook - Can't wait to see what's to come!

Tenchi-kun said...

One more comment - the blog post with the link back - http://tenchikun.posterous.com/

Good luck to everyone!

Marabelle said...

One for me please! I've got a kid who would likely eat cute food and I want her to like Bento! marabelle@mac.com

awang said...

I just became a follower of Maisie Eats Bento!

awang said...

Thanks so much for providing this giveaway opportunity. The book is amazing and I would love to have it.

papercranberries@gmail.com

Jo said...

Nice. Thanks for the chance to win it. =) ( frickangel {at} gmail.com )

paperdollsforboys said...

Feeling like a WINNAH.
paperdollsforboys (@) g to the mail

awang said...

I have created a blog post about your giveaway.

awang said...

The link to my blog post mentioning your site and giveaway is here: http://alicelily.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/winner-of-the-m4sb/

Yukiko said...

Hi there! Just read your post! ^-^
Here is my first comment!

rosamarques.14@gmail.com

Yukiko said...

I'm now follower from all tree blogs!
-> Maisie Eats Bento
-> Moments with Maisie
-> Cook Lisa Cook

(great blogs! I put them on my bookmarks so I can see them everyday .. specialy "Cook Lisa Cook", recipes yey \o/ )

Yukiko said...

So .. my last post will be telling you that you can go to my blogger, there is a link back to this post!!

vvb32 reads said...

Yummy! Cute food!
I'm following your lovely blog now ;-D
vvb32 at yahoo.com

potandkettle said...

I'm trying Bento with Olivia getting her ready for the fall. Not a huge fan of what will be offered at school and packing regular lunches is b.o.r.i.n.g.

Been following your blogs for a loooong time :)

Bethanie said...

I made a post about your giveaway on my blog! http://myfirstbento.blogspot.com/

Still loving your site!
Bethanie
beth(at)gaedmondsons.com

Angeleyes said...

Would love to win a copy of this book!

I subscribed to your blog in my reader!

Angeleyes
www.bentofun.info

Angeleyes said...

I also made a post on this giveaway!

http://bentofun.info/2010/07/yum-yum-bento-box-book-giveaway-maisie/

Jenn Denis said...

I would LOVE this book... I live in Mexico but I want in! I have already added you to my regular bento bloggers and know many of my visitors visit you often. http://www.abracabento.blogspot.com
Look in the column to the right, there you are! Thank! Jenn Denis mrmichou@yahoo.com

Jen said...

I'd love this book! I keep looking at in online, but it hasn't gotten in my cart yet
jen
mamato6@cox.net

Jen said...

I'm a follower of Maisie Eats Bento
jen
mamato6@cox.net

Jen said...

I follow Moments with Maisie

Jen said...

following cook lisa cook as well

bentobsessed said...

Hi, I've been around the bento scene for some time now though I rarely post anymore. Please put me down for one entry. I have really enjoyed watching your blog to see what new item you have included.
edsgirl1234 at comcast dot net

Stewvell said...

I have no idea how I got here, but I would love that book. Bento lunches are sooo cute! I am officially a follower! my email is ree.sig[at]gmail.com.

Stewvell said...

Hi! I became a follower of both Moments with Maisie and Cook Lisa Cook.

Emily Ng said...

Hi..this is my 1st entry...love your blog. ^-^

Emily Ng said...

I am now following Maisie Eats Bento.

stephanie said...

I would love to win. What a fun book. I am enjoying viewing your wonderful bentos!

stephanie said...

Just subscribed to your Maisie Eats Bento blog. Looking forward to your creativity.

stephanie said...

Subscribed to your Moments with Maisie blog. Looking froward to seeing what you do with Maisie

stephanie said...

Signed up for your Cook Lisa Cook blog. Yum!

julie said...

YUM! I need that book! My oldest was always great at taking a packed lunch--the younger ones could use these great ideas!

mooreclan5@msn.com

julie said...

And now I'm a follower, so I should win :)

mooreclan5@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Adorable. This is inspirational. And did I mention adorable?! Anne

Ang3 said...

I lurve bento too!
Count me in for the lucky draw for the book:)

angeleneteo@yahoo.com.sg

Ang3 said...

I just followed this blog (Maisie eats bento) :)

Another netry for me!
Yipee~

Ang3 said...

I also become a follower of moments with maisie:)

Nicee blog!

Ang3 said...

Finally i also become a follower of 'cook lisa cook' blog..

WAH..those food is making me drool...KEEP up dear:)


angeleneteo@yahoo.com.sg

Jana said...

This seems to be a very popular book...I've been seeing it everywhere...and I think someone is trying to tell me that I need my own copy!

joven said...

beautiful blog..pls visit mine and be a follower.. thanks and God bless..

http://forlots.blogspot.com/

joven said...

beautiful blog..pls visit mine and be a follower.. thanks and God bless..

http://forlots.blogspot.com/

joven said...

beautiful blog..pls visit mine to,and be a follower..thanks and God bless..http://forlots.blogspot.com/

Catherine said...

What a fun book! Haven't tried benti with Hannah yet but will in the future for sure!

Anonymous said...

omg .. i would love to win this, i just heard about bento's and i think it's amazing .. can't wait to start this for my kids lunches!
cheryl_429@hotmail.com

Science PhD Mom said...

I would love to win that book! Ping me at stbridgit (at) yahoo.com if I win. Thanks!!

Super Mommy said...

Would love the book! I want to try Bento for the new school year!

Super Mommy said...

Hi! I'm a follower now too! I fogot to leave my contact info nbeaty @ msn Thanks!

Kelly Polizzi said...

i am a follower!

Kelly Polizzi said...

i love playing with my food! (see my blog hah!) and i love bento! great giveaway!

www.kpolizzi@gmail.com

tjnjtown said...

Just became friends in TK.

Michele said...

I just became a "follower." I would LOVE to win this give away
Michele
emilyhope7702@optonline.net

Michele said...

I would love this bento book. I love the bentos that YOU create but I recipe book with illustrations would be so helpful as I prepare lunches for my 5 and 8 year olds for school!

Michele
emilyhope7702@optonline.net

mochadoo said...

fllow you and would love that book!

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