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Book Description from Back CoverLinda Furiya's girlhood in the small Indiana farm community where she grew up was marked by her differences: She was the only Asian in her school, the only girl whose mother packed rice balls and chopsticks in her lunch box, the only one whose parents' idea of a family vacation was loading the station wagon with an oversized cooler and driving across state lines in search of fresh fish.
Bento Box in the Heartland is the coming-of-age story of a girl whose struggles with assimilation in Midwestern America are touchingly juxtaposed with her tender affection for the Japanese foods that provided her parents with a crucial link to their homeland. Furiya tells of a childhood that was profoundly affected by her family's obsession with food, the care taken in the preparation of each recipe, and the importance of savoring every meal. Her deliciously rendered memoir is a uniquely American tale.
Comments from Back Cover"In simple, elegant prose, Linda Furiya shows something that we all know but often overlook-how important food is in retaining, nurturing, and building our identities."
-Michael Bauer, Executive Food and Wine Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle
Background on Linda FuriyaLinda Furiya has been writing about ethnicity and food since 1992, when she wrote a monthly newspaper column about growing up Japanese American in Versailles, Indiana. Later she moved to Beijing and wrote about food and travel. She also lived in Shanghai, where she completed classes in Chinese cooking. Furiya returned to the United States in 1998 and began her bimonthly column on Asian cooking for the San Francisco Chronicle two years later. She continues to freelance for the Chronicle, writes, and teaches cooking and food classes in Vermont, where she lives with her son and wirehair dachshund. She is a graduate of Purdue University.
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