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

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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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Linda Furiya hails from Versailles, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University. She soon moved to San Francisco where she discovered her love of writing and felt emboldened by the Asian American community. She began writing about ethnicity and food in 1992 when she wrote a syndicated monthly column titles, "From Where I Stand," for San Francisco's Nichibei Times, Los Angeles' Rafu Shimpo, Sacramento's Nikkei West, Seattle's Northewest Nikkei and Montreal Canada's Montreal Bulletin.

Linda's freelance writing experience spans fourteen years and includes food and travel articles published in various newspapers and other periodical such as Asainweek, South China Morning Post, Kikkoman's Chef Forum and Silkroad, a publication on Dragon Airlines. Since 2000, Linda has been writing a monthly column in the food section of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The author has completed culinary training at Meilong Zheng cooking school, a local program focusing on Shanghainese cuisine and currently lives in Shelburne, Vermont with her son and wire hair dachshund, Oscar where teaches Japanese and Chinese cooking.
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Publisher
Seal Press
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Published on
Jan 8, 2010
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9780786750634
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Language
English
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Genres
Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / Japanese
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A collection of more than 100 recipes that introduces Japanese comfort food to American home cooks, exploring new ingredients, techniques, and the surprising origins of popular dishes like gyoza and tempura. 

Move over, sushi. It’s time for gyoza, curry, tonkatsu, and furai. These icons of Japanese comfort food cooking are the hearty, flavor-packed, craveable dishes you’ll find in every kitchen and street corner hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Japan.

In Japanese Soul Cooking, Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat introduce you to this irresistible, homey style of cooking. As you explore the range of exciting, satisfying fare, you may recognize some familiar favorites, including ramen, soba, udon, and tempura. Other, lesser known Japanese classics, such as wafu pasta (spaghetti with bold, fragrant toppings like miso meat sauce), tatsuta-age (fried chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, and other Japanese seasonings), and savory omelets with crabmeat and shiitake mushrooms will instantly become standards in your kitchen as well. With foolproof instructions and step-by-step photographs, you’ll soon be knocking out chahan fried rice, mentaiko spaghetti, saikoro steak, and more for friends and family.

Ono and Salat’s fascinating exploration of the surprising origins and global influences behind popular dishes is accompanied by rich location photography that captures the energy and essence of this food in everyday life, bringing beloved Japanese comfort food to Western home cooks for the first time.
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