Maybe because I’m a pretty uninspired school-lunch-packer, I’ve always been fascinated by parents who make beautiful bento lunches for their children – you know, the kind with adorable characters molded out of rice, foods cut into perfect shapes, and everything tucked into a neat little compartmentalized box. In fact, just a few months after starting this blog in 2010, I sought out and interviewed three expert “bento moms” to learn more about their craft – and how they feel if their kids spurn their beautiful, time-consuming lunch offerings!
If you share my interest in bento, I think you’ll love this new New Yorker piece, “Bento Boxes and the Grade-School Power Lunch,” which explores bento’s Japanese roots, how and why the practice caught on in this country, and whether the proliferation of bento photos on social media puts too high a burden on parents.
On that latter point, I was pleased to be quoted. Thanks to writer Adrienne Raphel for the opportunity!
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