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Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes

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ISBN13: 9780979048661
ISBN10: 0979048664
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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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All across Japan, parents come up with unique ways to bring attention to their children's lunch boxes. And what better way to make children eat than to turn their midday meals into a cartoon? With Face Food. NYC-based writer and designer Christopher D Salyers documents the very real phenomenon of crafting food into visually creative and appealing forms, such as Pikachu. Daraemon and Cinderella, bringing health, heart and imagination to the bento box. How-to guides and interviews with mothers and designers accompany photographs, all of which illuminate the many dynamic reasons behind this wholly Japanese pursuit.

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You might not want to eat them, but you?ll love looking at these charaben.

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Grady Harp, March 28, 2008 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
Another Approach to the Lunchbox Dilemma

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!

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780979048661
Subtitle:
The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes
Author:
Salyers, Christopher
Author:
Detatch
Author:
Salyers, Christopher D.
Publisher:
Mark Batty Publisher
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Bento cookery
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
7.04x5.54x.63 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , All across Japan, parents come up with unique ways to bring attention to their children's lunch boxes. And what better way to make children eat than to turn their midday meals into a cartoon? With Face Food. NYC-based writer and designer Christopher D Salyers documents the very real phenomenon of crafting food into visually creative and appealing forms, such as Pikachu. Daraemon and Cinderella, bringing health, heart and imagination to the bento box. How-to guides and interviews with mothers and designers accompany photographs, all of which illuminate the many dynamic reasons behind this wholly Japanese pursuit.
"Synopsis" by , You might not want to eat them, but you?ll love looking at these charaben.
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