Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^

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Remember back in August, when we did a week of Back To School articles and giveaways? The last giveaway, which received the most entries/comments by far, was for my book. Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts to contact the winner, it’s gone unclaimed. The poor book feels very sad and unwanted, like Anne Shirley when she arrived at Green Gables the first time.

So…I’ve decided to have another drawing! What’s up for grabs, as before: a signed copy of The Just Bento Cookbook. To enter, leave a comment to this post. Email subscribers: you must click through to the site and leave a comment, not reply by email; I will discard all email replies!.

Be sure to put a valid email address where you can be reached in the appropriate text box (the one that says “E-mail”). In the subject of the comment, tell us where you’re from (town/state/country - nothing too specific!) To make it a bit more fun, answer this question too: If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?

Your comment/entry must be in before 23:59:59 CET (just before midnight of Friday, October 15, 2010. That’s right, you have only 2 days to enter! In addition, you must claim your prize before Monday, October 17 if you want your signed copy ASAP, because I’m leaving home for a few weeks then. (If I don’t hear back from the winner before Monday, she or he will have to wait until December for me to send out the book.) I’ll announce the winner soon after midnight CET on Saturday, October 16 - which will be after 6pm Eastern time/3pm Pacific time on Friday. This one will go fast! Good luck!

(The winner has been announced! Thank you to everyone who participated - sorry if you didn’t win ^_^;)

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Portland Oregon, USA

I would love to give the book a home. I can't imagine someone not claiming it.

Probably filet mingon with pototoes and green beans& carrots

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"If you were going to be executed the next day, what would your last meal be?"
Ah, this is really a tough question! I love to pieces Japanese food, but once in a lifetime I'd like to try and eat Indian or Thai cuisine... So I guess I'd like to try it before being executed. Knowing how hard it would be to decide (very important business indeed!), I fear I'd just go on the spur of the moment and order something random from the above mentioned restaurants, and eat it with some reassuring pasta con il pesto (Basil Sauce Pasta), cucumbers (how I love them!) and Takoyaki. And if by chance I could eat just something more, I think I'll try to eat some Tiramisu, too...

From Italy. I'm really hoping to read your book soon - so I hope to get some luck ;)

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I'm from Hill City, South Dakota, USA - or at least, there's where I live now. (It's cold!! I miss my birthplace, Florida!)

Hmm, last meal before execution? If I can get nitpicky specific, I'd want the teriyaki chicken & rice from the food court at the Santa Rosa mall in Fort Walton Beach, FL. I really miss their food! ^_^

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Spaghetti and meatballs!!

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My last meal would be Spicy Scallop Maki, it's just got a unqie flavor with a tangy taste at the end. Then i'd would like to have a mini burgers with chedder cheese! For dessert, i would have cookie-dough cheesecake and mochi! :)

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From Northern Ontario - Canada.

I think my last meal would be a poutine, steak and a dairy queen blizzard. Since becoming diabetic poutine and blizzards aren't something I have been able to eat.

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I'm from Ontario, Canada!

For my last meal I would have...oh geez, tough question...

Since I won't live until tomorrow I would use all my money and fly to India and get a TON (literally) of authentic butter chicken, rice and naan.

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I think I'd try for a full meal at Melting Pot. That's always been one of my favorite places, and the cheese fondue and dessert are so delicious that it sticks with me for ages afterwards.

Oh, and grilled artichokes. And hearts of palm. Maybe in the salad.

Thanks for all your give-aways. I never win but I appreciate that you do them :P

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Hmm....It would probably have to be a ton of seafood.
I would want mussels steamed in a thin cream sauce with shallots and onions. I would also want ikayaki and acorn squash tempura. And since it would be my last meal, I would also have to request buckwheat cabbage rolls and perogies (I'm of Slavic descent, can't have a big meal without SOME Ukrainian food!).
Since there's no point in NOT stuffing yourself, I think I would also want seafood risotto and top that off with assorted sushi (not maki).
Alot of carbs, I know, but after all, it IS the last meal. ;)

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If I were going to be executed tomorrow... My last meal would be steak and potatoes!! And a chocolate chocolate donut from the local Dunford Bakery for dessert.
My alternate meal would be all you can eat sushi!! Food and dessert in one! Hehe :)

UT, USA

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I have simple taste. My last meal would be a peice of boiled chicken breast, boiled potatoes, steamed asparagus, peas, hollandaise sauce, and for dessert a simple vanilla pudding.

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I love ice cream and so that would have to be my last meal. If I were set to be executed tomorrow, I'd have maple walnut, ginger, coconut, mango, dark chocolate ice cream...maple walnut and mango served in bowls, ginger and dark chocolate on a sugar cone. mmmm heaven....

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I'm from the QC on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. As for the last meal.... that's a tough decision to make. It'd probably include miso soup with tofu and nori. Oh, and kappa maki with sesame seeds and wasabi. The main course I'm a little stumped on... maybe some delicious lobster. I tried a bite of lobster in Okinawa and it was delicious! My husband said it was the best meal of his life. Unfortunately, I got sick later that night since I'm allergic, but if I'm being executed the next day, that wouldn't really be a problem, right?

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Havertown, PA

I don't know about a main course for my last meal, but i would definitely end it with a nice slice of pumpkin pie.... and apple pie.... and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies ...and.....

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Northern Illinois, USA

My last meal would be a vegan Thai curry with broccoli and brown rice. I'd also love a bowl of cherries and nectarines to go with it.

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Wow, another chance!
My last meal would be a bowl of tonkotsu ramen with kakuni and a Hawaiian plate lunch with laulau, kalua pig, lomi salmon and haupia.

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Greetings from Colorado Springs, CO!

My last meal would include a large glass of Malbec wine, a large, grilled steak, fully loaded baked potato, chicken caesar salad and some sinfully rich, dark chocolate pudding for dessert. Calories be damned!

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Please enter me in the contest to win the book!

wow -last meal. Well, it would probably involve Aunt Rose's lasagne, maybe some really good pizza. But really good NY pizza, not just any old thing. Or maybe a bacon cheeseburger. And cheesecake. NY cheesecake, possible Juniors. Or good Italian pastries, from Arthur Avenue or Brooklyn. (can you tell I'm Italian and from NY?)

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Portland, OR, USA
My last meal would consist of a variety of my favorite things - sushi, sushi, sushi, grilled skirt steak, the freshest fruit at their peak, and tons of cheese!!
Thanks for chance to win. I love your blog!

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I'd probably have goat curry(my current craving), sweet potatoes(any style), and chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream for dessert.

Ottawa, Canada

Denver, Coloradian in Tokyo!

My last meal would be... any type of Nabe as long as all my friends are around and enjoying it with me!

If i don`t win this prize, it`s already on my Christmas list! (^-^)

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My mother is from Brazil, so growing up we would travel to visit her family every summer. I got to see all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins (and second cousins and third cousins) once a year, and my favorite memories are of sitting around the lunch table with them, since lunch is the central family meal in Brazil (a two-hour lunch break is standard, at least in northeast Brazil where my family lives).

So for my last meal, I would have a typical Brazilian lunch spread: rice, mashed potatoes, bean stewed with sausage, chicken slow-cooked with herbs, and those flat tenderized beef filets (don't know what they're called), with farofa on the side and some kind of tropical fruit juice.

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My last meal would probably be mushrooms. Sauteed in garlicy butter, mixed with cream, and put on top of some really nice toast.

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Hello from Montreal, Quebec, Canada :)

My last meal would be a POUTINE of course. Excellent for the soul, not so much for the heart :p

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Wow, I would love to win this! I am in Sonoma County, Ca. You and reach me at michmarq (at) hotmail. Last meal... dang. It's simple, but perhaps I would have a Pizza Margarita, green salad with mustard vinaigrette, a hefeweizen, and at the end of the meal a little apperitif. I had this often with friends when I was an exchange student in Germany. I loved that little restaurant where we stopped for Pizza Margarita.

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My last meal would be a burger, poke, and mochi ice cream.

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I'm from Singapore!
My last meal would be consist of my favourite dishes that my grandmother made when I was younger (she still makes the lettuce one!)

Prawn-paste chicken: Chicken marinated over night in prawn paste and then deep-fried to a lovely crisp.

Lettuce fried with garlic: simple to make but it's simply delicious!

Shark's fin melon soup: a more ethical alternative to real shark's fin, the melon is first steamed and the insides scraped with a fork to produce the "shark fin" portion of the dish, and then prepared the same way as shark's fin soup.

Dessert: Anything with cheese and chocolate will do. Along with a nice good cup of coffee :)

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Hey, i would love this Bento book! i have been trying to cook more Bento and this would be just the thing to get me motivated!!

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I cant believe the winner didnt claim the book!!

I was so bummed i didnt get to enter the contest last time

but my last meal would have to be cheese pizza and spaghetti with meatballs with lots of pecorino romano to sprinkle on top yum

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I love shellfish, but am allergic.
So crabs, shrimp, and scallops galore!

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My last mean would consist of: ginger ice cream, coconut ice cream and bittersweet chocolate ice cream on a sugar cone...

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My last meal would be a selection of sashimi and sushi.

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From Southern California, USA --
Oysters on the Half Shell
Mama's Chicken & Dumplings
Big Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits
Asian (Chinese?) Clam Soup
Brownies, warm from the oven with ice cream
That would do me.

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If I were to be executed the next day, I wouldn't have to worry about my cholesterol levels any more, so I'd want:

Albacore tuna tataki
A medium rare filet mignon
My husband's chili
Negihama rolls
A bottle of cabernet franc. Well, how about 2 bottles. It's not like I would have too long to suffer a hangover. :P

I'm not sure how well those things will taste together, but that's really not the point. ^_^

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

I'd have to go with my mother's tourtiere. Actually, let's go whole hog and make it the full reveillon!

And bubble tea. Which does not go at ALL. But I love it.

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Alrighty then! My last meal would involve absolutely everything deep fried that I love. French fries, onion rings, fried shrimp, tonkatsu, fried okra, chicken fried steak, etc, etc. Who cares about health now that it's my last meal?!

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I'd be happy to have it :-D

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I'm in the San Francisco Bay area. My last meal would definitely have rice, which is my comfort food of choice. Fried rice would be yummy!

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If I was going to be executed the next day, I would have my favorite meal that my grandma used to cook in East Texas. Purple hull peas with homemade sweet chili sauce, fried okra, fried catfish, cantelope, sour cole slaw and biscuits.. YUUMMMMMMM

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I would eat a perfect pesto pasta made with expensive oil and parmesan and fresh spaghetti, accompanied by the most expansive cheese tasting possible. I would have this with a wonderful Barolo and the most decadent chocolate mousse for dessert. And ideally it would be eaten outside in a warm environment with friends, pets and flowers.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

My last meal would either be cheese fondue or Raclette.

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I am from Bordeaux, France, but I currently live in Koeln, Germany !
And for my last meal, I would proably go for peking duck, some pork dumplings and the fried rice with safran : my grandmother did that for me when I was about 8, and I never forgot the taste of it. But since she always cook without a recipe, she was never able to do it again... A
nd for dessert a Bailey's and ginger cheesecake from a restaurant in Ireland...

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Gilroy, California

If I were to be executed tomorrow and had to make a last meal request, I'd ask for something I'd never tasted before. Maybe alligator soup. Or rattlesnake. Or I'd ask for some traditional Jewish food. Oh, I know! I'll ask for some traditional Jewish food served with a side of alligator soup! =) I love the foods that I grew up with but I know what they taste like. I'd rather use my last chance to try something new.

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Rack of Lamb, and a REALLY decadent dessert! :)

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Canada.

My last meal request would be a big piece of medium rare steak, salted nicely and grilled. Loaded baked potato. Fresh veggies. Something with peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel for dessert. Mmmmmm.

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I know exactly what I would have. My last day of a trip to Scotland I had wild boar sausage with a rowanberry reduction over mashed potatoes. I would eat it all, with a pint, natch, and lick the plate with no shame like I'd wanted to do at the time. And a cornish pasty (beef and stilton) for dessert to round it out. If I'm going to be executed, I'm going to go out uncomfortably full. ^_^

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My last meal would be a double, dark chocolate, raspberry cheesecake. To heck with the calories, I never have to worry about them going to my love-handles!

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I'm from Victoria British Columbia Canada.

My last meal would be from a local Italian restaurant here in Victoria. It was a breaded pork scaloppine in tomato sauce with pasta tossed in a three cheese sauce and steamed carrot and zucchini. So good! My boyfriend took me there for my 24th birthday and it was very nice.

Re: Heeeey from Omaha, NE!

Poor, lonely book. Someone will love you the way you deserve.

My last meal would start with a salad of homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers with a simple oil/vinegar dressing, continue with my mom's rolls and bacon-wrapped chicken, steamed green beans and some smoked gouda mac'n'cheese from Ryan's Bistro, and finish with a lemon bar.

Hopefully I'd be executed in an awesome way, maybe by racing down a mountain in a go-kart and driving off a cliff into shark-infested waters, the time bomb attached to the kart exploding just before I hit the water.

North Carolina, US

If I were to be executed the next day I'd have to have real ramen. I only get it once a year when I take a trip with friends to a convention. I've got so many good memories attatched to it. The good, light-hearted fun with friends combined with something I have a passion for and the excitement of the upcoming convention. As a person aspiring to be a manga artist in Japan, I try to immerse myself in as many things as possible (difficult in this state, sadly).

If I were to be executed, knowing that I wouldn't get to fulfill my dream, then I would at least like to have a meal to remind me of it.