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 bonus is that there are great recipes inside! - Goodreads
I enjoyed reading it and the recipes were a nice touch. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Samara - Goodreads

This has quickly become one of my favorite books and I think Linda Furiya does an amazing job of revealing what it is like to feel alienated in an area that is so different from who you are or feel ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

I love food memoirs, and I particularly enjoyed this one. It's a classic coming of age story: the author is a Japanese-American girl living in Indiana and dealing with the cultural identity questions ... Read full review

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a Swallowing Fish Bones
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The Fish Head Soup Deal
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O The Hungry Past
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