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Obento

Obento: Japanese Culture in a Box

Workshop: Center for Japanese Studies | September 14 | 11 a.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)


Debra Samuels, Cookbook Author

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


“Food is an international language, a bridge across cultures. My objective is to educate, entertain and encourage people of all ages to be creative and to care about its preparation and presentation.”

In this hands-on workshop, cookbook author Debra Samuels will introduce Japanese food history, discuss the comparison between U.S. and Japanese bento (弁当) cultures, conduct a cooking demonstration, and instruct the audience in how to prepare Japanese food in a bento box.

Samuels has been working with children and families for over twenty-five years. She is co-author with Taekyung Chung of The Korean Table (Tuttle Publishing, 2008), and author My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends and Family (Tuttle Publishing, 2011). She has lived abroad for more than a decade in Japan and Italy, where she studied Italian, Indian, Korean, and Japanese cuisine.


Registration is now closed. This event will serve known food allergens.


cjs-events@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3415