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Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes [Anglais] [Relié]

Christopher D. Salyers
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1 mars 2008
Dating back several hundred years, the Japanese bento box is as integral a part of the country’s culinary identity as sushi. Today, a contemporary version of the bento box exists, inspired by the rampant popularity of movies, television shows and manga. These charaben, made by parents (mostly mothers) eager to bring attention to their children’s lunch boxes, comprise food crafted into visually creative, appealing and recognizable forms, and are as much about planning and preparation as nutrition.

What better way to make children eat than to turn their midday meals into cartoon characters and video games? With Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes, writer and designer Christopher D Salyers documents the very real phenomenon of how rice, seaweed, mushrooms, tofu, hot dogs, fish cakes and just about any other edible delight you can imagine are shaped into the likes of Pikachu, Daraemon and Cinderella, bringing health, heart and imagination to the bento box, not to mention a bit of one-upmanship. A brief how-to guide, ingredient lists and interviews with charabenenthusiasts illuminate the many dynamic reasons behind this wholly Japanese pursuit.

As Salyers writes: “There is something marvelous and enchanting incharaben, a something we should all look to find within ourselves – a convalescence of youth. For all of you who have ever eaten or prepared a slap-dash PB&J sandwich, or have been victim of school cafeterias, I offer up these pages as proof that when you show this much dedication to what you or your child eats, the end result will be nothing short of astounding.”

If you have never seen or tasted charaben, Face Food will open a whole new world to you, proving once again how the visual can say so much about a culture and its practices.

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  • Relié: 80 pages
  • Editeur : Mark Batty Publisher (1 mars 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0979048664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979048661
  • Dimensions du produit: 1,6 x 12,8 x 17,5 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 bento box ! 14 mai 2009
Par Rodriguez
Complètements délirants ces bento , des oeuvres d'art ! Plus un livre de design que de cuisine d'ailleurs...
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Bof 17 février 2011
Par Lux
Les décors sont beau de réalisme. Mais sans grand intérêt à mon avis.
N'est pas représentatif de l'esprit du Bento : accomoder les restes.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Approach to the Lunchbox Dilemma 28 mars 2008
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Christopher D. Salyers introduces us to an art form little known outside of Japan in this beautiful little book FACE FOOD. He spent time in Tokyo investigating this curiosity about the manner in which Japanese children take their lunch to school. What he has explored is a tradition of food preparation dating back to the Kamakura Period (1185 - 1333), a time when the Bento Boxes (`charaben') were first created.

As with so many aspects of living in the Japanese view - from floral arrangements to tea ceremonies and flamboyant sushi preparation for hungry audiences at a sushi bar - the mothers of school children take great pride in creating little artworks out of the lunchbox items we usually just wrap in waxed paper. The foods are sculpted and arranged to form pictures: vegetable slices, fish cakes, cheese, eggs, fruits and, of course, rice are juxtaposed to resemble children's favorite popular cartoon characters or simply fantasy arrangements. And what Salyers brings to this collection of color photographs of the charaben creations is a social background of the mothers who gather to prepare these FOOD FACES, vying for the most inspired as well as the most nutritional product!

The bulk of this book is devoted to photographs of the Bento Boxes, with the menu contained in each collection explained as well as the culinary `artist' being credited. Not only is this a fascinating little book to read and enjoy, it is also yet another art form that few of us in the West know. Perhaps we should take a hint at viewing sculpted food products as replacement for our fast food laziness - and at the same time find the pleasure in creating nutritional works for the children to proudly carry to school! Grady Harp, March 08
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 face food is great eye candy 14 mai 2008
Par Kirsten M. Houseknecht - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you need recipes and cooking guides this is NOT your book. There are many other books with recipes (Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go, and Manga University Culinary Institute's: Manga Cookbook both come to mind), and many groups (like eat_my_bento on livejournal) just waiting to help you figure out how to make bento. What this book offers is inspiration; Stunning, unbelievable, "how did they DO that" inspiration.

Focusing on "character bento" this book is full of pictures of theme bento boxes. From the simple and "easy to picture myself doing" box depicting three little pigs (the pigs are rice balls with ham ears and noses)to the Disney Cinderella who is depicted with enough realism (in ham and cheese and spices) to look like a licensed image!

there are NO instructions given on how to duplicate these bento Boxes. the only "instructions" are for the two line drawings in the back by the author suggesting a "Pac Man" and starry sky scene bento box. The ingredient listing given for each box is helpful, but doesn't tell you what is being used in which area of the design. This book is mostly useful for inspiring you to try something a bit beyond the "hot dog octopus" of the typical bento box.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 All show...no go... 13 septembre 2008
Par L. Berry - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a good book if you like to look at pictures of completed bento's. It is very small, almost pocket sized. Some of the ideas are very clever. However if you require any sort of instruction--either cooking or assembly wise this is not the book for you. It is a nice addition to my collection but I have found it pretty useless.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mangia! Mangia! Manga!?? 22 août 2009
Par Joanna Daneman - Publié sur Amazon.com
There are many blogs of people who create delightful little obento (Japanese lunchbox) food and this is a fun form of art that orignated with little snack boxes available at theater in Japan.

But now, people have taken this food to a real artform. Imagine a Manga character or a Pokemon created in carrot, salmon, radish and other foods that is so realistic, it takes you aback. Someone is going to have to make a decision; eat that little lunch or just gaze at its perfection! The designs in this small format book are phenomenal. A snowman, a Geisha, complete with kimono and landscape in background.

If you enjoy making your own bento creations, or if you like Japanese pop culture, this is a delightful little book. Note that it is not an instruction book or recipe guide; you would have to figure out how these edible art ideas are done yourself. Good gift for a chef or someone who is fascinated by the arts of Japan.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Charaben as Art 6 août 2009
Par Foodbrarian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Food as Art is no new concept, but when some of the Japanese mothers who created this book's most beautiful obento will attest, obento are not made for you! The labor of love that goes into a bento box meal is for a parent's child and it is for the child's desires that these amazing and intricate designs are created. Not only are they nutritional and include the requisite rice, they are personalized for every child. When one father,Takupapa, was given as an example of the rare father who creates obento for his child, we can see how strong the Japanese value family above all else.

The photographs of complete bento box meals are tummy growl-inducing and very easy on the eyes. Although ingredients are listed with the photos, there are no real directions for creating your own obento. That is no surprise, for only practice can teach you how to create obento . The stories shared in the book are in their own way inspirational, as we learn that mothers do not necessarily compete with each other to make the superior obento, but rather, they share ideas and tips in order to create the best obento for their children.

Obento is becoming more and more popular in America with the rise in healthier eating habits and the need for convenient meals. Americans may not be up to par with the Japanese when it comes to intricate meals served in convenient boxes, personalized per the eater's whims, but give us a few years and we will be that much closer to becoming a part of the obento culture!
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