Bento box in the heartland: my Japanese girlhood in whitebread America

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Seal Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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While growing up in Versailles, an Indiana farm community, Linda Furiya tried to balance the outside world of Midwestern America with the Japanese traditions of her home life. As the only Asian family in a tiny township, Furiya's life revolved around Japanese food and the extraordinary lengths her parents went to in order to gather the ingredients needed to prepare it.
As immigrants, her parents approached the challenges of living in America, and maintaining their Japanese diets, with optimism and gusto. Furiva, meanwhile, was acutely aware of how food set her apart from her peers: She spent her first day of school hiding in the girls' restroom, examining her rice balls and chopsticks, and longing for a Peanut Bullter and Jelly sandwich.
"Bento Box in the Heartland" is an insightful and reflective coming-of-age tale. Beautifully written, each chapter is accompanied by a family recipe of mouth-watering Japanese comfort food.

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Liked the book...loved the recipes. - Goodreads
The writing was a bit clumsy, as well. - Goodreads
Wonderful story and meals related to Japanese culture. - Goodreads
great recipes of traditional Japanese food! - Goodreads
The recipes are very good. - Goodreads
The recipes are fairly simple and straight forward. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Carly - Goodreads

There were aspects of this memoir that I loved: the role food played in the author's childhood; the author's experiences as a first-generation Japanese-American girl growing up in the very white ... Read full review

Review: Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America

User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

Can't wait to make some of the recipes included throughout this author's interesting tale. I really enjoyed learning more about the Japanese culture through the eyes of a young Indiana girl. Would definitely recommend. Read full review

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