Simple Menus for the Bento Box:
Seasonal American Meals and Japanese Presentations
Hardcover - pages (August 1998)
William Morrow & Company; ISBN: 0688142044 ;
Dimensions (in inches):0.74x8.31
The black lacquered shokado bento box, covered
with a lid and separated into four square compartments, is a common
sight at dinner and party tables in Japan. It's also appearing
with increasing frequency in American kitchens as an artful way
to present everyday food. Acclaimed New York City chefs Wayne
Nish and Ellen Greaves have created twelve seasonal menus for
the shokado bento box, making this a cookbook like no other.
Unexpected combinations of colors. flavors, and textures abound:
Seared Salmon on Napa Cabbage shares a box with Quinoa with Black
Mushrooms, Spice-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Apple and Kohlrabi,
and Mesclun Salad in a spring bento of delicious subtlety.
Anyone can prepare and enjoy these simple recipes; the key is
to "pay attention to the food," as Wayne and Ellen advise.