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Bento Power cookbook

Sara Kiyo Popowa, author of Bento Power at Plant Hub and Gung Ho launch night February 2019, London. Photo by Ariana Ruth.

Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes

My first book Bento Power is now out in the US, UK (Europe), and in Spanish and French too! It is available online and from good bookstores internationally. Scroll down for direct buttons to order, or ask your local bookstore to order it for you. I’ve seen copies popping up in stores from Malaysia to Australia!

Read in-depth reviews, with recipes tested here:

Shipshape Eatworthy (with my recipes kid-approved!)

Chickpea Magazine (with beautiful pics of the tested recipes)

Sara Kiyo Popowa, author of Bento Power at Plant Hub and Gung Ho launch night February 2019, London. Photo by Ariana Ruth.

Bento Power is the book I wanted to write for years. It is a collection of recipes I developed while making packed lunch for Andy (my love), to save him from sad lunches at work. After rediscovering bento on a newly-wed trip to Japan (where I have roots), I started making my simpler, healthier version of bento once back in London.

Typical bento is based around rice with a bunch of side dishes, packed neatly in a box and taken to school or work. I kept this concept but used loads more veggies, less cooking and less hard-to-source ingredients. Out of about 100 recipes, 8 uses eggs (with vegan options), the rest is vegan. The recipes are gluten free too.

Sara Kiyo Popowa Bento Power Brilliatly Balanced Lunchbox recipes - Shiso Delicious

There’s lots of information in Bento Power, including my own philosophy around cooking and eating.

The recipes are made to be flexible so are a great place to start experimenting with simple food prep and less familiar ingredients like miso paste, seaweed and sushi rice (yes, that is an ingredient worth exploring!)

Photo: Chickpea Magazine

Photo: Chickpea Magazine

Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes, photography and styling by me (with help from Amelie and Niki), portraits by Jenna Foxton and Carolina Llamusi-Silbermann. Graphic design by Before Breakfast Design. Published by Kyle Books (Octopus Publishing Group).

“Stunning photography, innovative recipes, straight from the heart”

“I'm so in love with the recipes in this book! Everything I've cooked has been delicious and, even better, it's all so easy to make.”

“Absolutely love this book! I love that you can mix and match aspects of each recipe to build your own bento and it all still works.”

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Photo at top: Sara Kiyo Popowa author of Bento Power at Plant Hub and Gung Ho launch night (London). Photo by Ariana Ruth.

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