Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cover Photos for Around the World


My friend and professional photographer Michelle Ellis stopped by last week to take the final cover photos for my forthcoming cookbook Vegan Lunch Box Around The World.

For the cover I wanted something special, so I chose my son's number one favorite lunch from his first year at school. That turned out to be the lunch I packed him for Chinese New Year: Tofu Char Sui on a bed of brown rice, Teriyaki Green Beans, a steamed dumpling filled with sweet bean paste, mandarin orange segments, and kiwi fruit.

I set up three different Laptop Lunch Boxes to provide the cover designer with three different looks to choose from: a sophisticated, more adult look in a black bento box, the more playful purple bento to the left, and the adorable, pink, child-friendly smiling dumpling bento above. Guess which is my favorite?

You can see more images, including the "sophisticated" look, at my Flickr photostream.

35 comments:

suthrncan said...

Mmmmmm....I can't wait for the new book! I hope the dumpling recipe is in there! I am assuming it's red bean paste? LOVES IT!

Laci said...

So exciting, congratulations for the new book!!! :-)
PS does shmoo make his own lunches based on the holiday/time of year? I don't think they could be nearly as cute as yours though! ;-)

Rachel Williams said...

EXCITING! My favorite bento is the pink one, so adorable! I love the smiling dumpling!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>does shmoo make his own lunches based on the holiday/time of year?

Oh no, not at all. He's almost 11, and has very strict "no cuteness" rules about his lunches now.

Jennifer said...

I like photo #'s 7 and 9 on the Flickr photostream. Great job! They all look deelish!

Vegan Nutritionista said...

Oh I can't wait for the around the world recipes! I love the "no cuteness" rule... I can totally see an 11-year old being a little put off by opening his lunch around a group of friends and them all seeing a smiling steamed dumpling! But, I definitely want to learn how to make those dumplings.

A said...

AWESOME!!!
-A

Brooke said...

I can't wait for the new book. I just pre-ordered it at Amazon.

Mrs. K1 teacher said...

Excited for your new book...

Sheri said...

Oh, I hope it's the one with the face! So cute!
Sheri
www.iLoveObento.com

Heather said...

Ooh, I love them all! Especially the smiley bun from pink bento.

Amy said...

I wouldn't recommend using the ones with the chopsticks sticking out of the green beans. Leaving your chopsticks stuck into your food is considered bad manners, much like leaving a fork standing in your scoop of mashed potatoes would be.

Laci said...

almost 11! whoa, how time flies! :-0

Tatiana said...

The pics look great!
Awesome Vegan Girl

Colleen Molenda said...

that kiwi fruit is beautiful!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

the kiwi is so cute!

Classic cook said...

I'm excited about the new book!

Japanese Kitten said...

congrats on the new book!
what beautiful and colorful lunches. Your son is so fortunate!

DaynaC said...

How did you get the designs on your dumplings? They are so cute!

Rose said...

What a fun blog, you have so many good ideas!

Rose

Larissa Kennedy said...

Hi Jennifer!
This is kind of random,
but you used to have a link to a chinese website that sold fake animal products like fake shrimps and fake wings and stuff, i cant remember what it was called. it was like mai wei or something to that effect, do you remember what it was?
thanks a bunch!

Jennifershmoo said...

I think you're thinking of May Wah:

http://www.vegieworld.com/

Hope that helps!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>How did you get the designs on your dumplings? They are so cute!

The smiley face is made from nori seaweed cut out with a paper punch. The flower is a thin slice of carrot cut with tiny garnish cutters. :-)

Larissa Kennedy said...

Thanks so much Jennifer that was exactly what I was thinking of!
Sorry to like, ambush you but, you know how frustrating it is to have something on the tip of your tongue like that lol.

ajgallion said...

Wow -- just by reading all of this, I can't wait to experiment over the summer with my children. I'm no vegan, but I do tend to create veggie meals once in a while. I've been following this blog for a few years and your presentation is awesome, yet so simple!

Hayley said...

Wow what great ideas. I have five vegan kids and I will be getting myself a copy of the book asap!

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Stephy Buttons said...

Yum. Will you pack my lunches?

Melissa said...

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Holly said...

that tofu looks amazing!! I need to get this cook book! Your son is the luckiest boy on the planet to have such a wonderful mom.

kitty_ninja said...

awws!!! those bento boxes r so cute!! :3 ^_^

Crystal Ball said...

Your blog is amazing! I'm was so inspired, I wrote a post on my blog about it. :)
The lunchboxes above are so cute & I love how the food is healthy and still looks delicious.

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