Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America
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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Review: Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread AmericaUser Review - Nicole - Goodreads
Talk about awkward transitions! Chapters ended abruptly into recipes and the whole book in general did as well. Just when I would start getting into a story, it would be "time for a recipe!" Read full review
Review: Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread AmericaUser Review - Ginny - Goodreads
An honest memoir that could have used another solid edit before going to press. I enjoyed the vignettes but felt that overall it lacked cohesiveness as the stories ping-ponged between ages and topics ... Read full review
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