The author and popular blogger La Carmina discusses her new book Cute Yummy Time: 70 Recipes for the Cutest Food You’ll Ever Eat (Perigee, 2009), with Joseph Planta; also discussed is her Scottish Fold cat Basil Farrow, as well as other aspects of Japanese and Asian culture and more.
|Cute Yummy Time: 70 Recipes for the Cutest Food You’ll Ever Eat by La Carmina. (Perigee, 2009) Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Cute Yummy Time|
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.
La Carmina joins me now. The author and popular blogger has written a new book, Cute Yummy Time: 70 Recipes for the Cutest Food You’ll Ever Eat. Its recipes are inspired by the Japanese bento box tradition, but the food is common to our North American culture. Kawaii is a word for ‘all things cute,’ and the trend is already rampant in Japan, and has been part of the culture here what with Hello Kitty, Pokemon and Astroboy. The food in Cute Yummy Time is charming to look at, and as the National Post said, ‘almost too adorable to consume.’ La Carmina is a graduate of Columbia and Yale Law School. Her website, www.lacarmina.com is a very popular fashion website, featuring Carmina’s tastes in Gothic Lolita Japanese Fashion. We’ll discuss her clothing line as well, which is inspired by Tim Burton and Marie Antoinette. She’s written three previous books on Japanese pop culture and food; her first book was The Cosmos in a Carrot. The book is published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, La Carmina; Good morning, Carmina.