Books by author La Carmina: Cute Yummy Time, Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants Tokyo.
La Carmina is the author of 3 books, published by major US publishers Random House and Penguin Books.
Much like her popular blog, La Carmina’s books take readers inside the colorful, exciting world of Jpop culture and trends. Her works include Cute Yummy Time (how to make meals look adorable) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (exploring the bizarre world of maid cafes, cat cafes, vampire restaurants and more.)
For more info about La Carmina’s books and to purchase them, see below.
CUTE YUMMY TIME: 70 recipes for the cutest food you’ll ever eat
(Perigee Books / Penguin Group USA)
Cute Yummy Time features 70 imaginative recipes, with step-by-step instructions on how to make regular dishes look like cute-faced animals. La Carmina’s recipes are inspired by the Japanese “character bento” trend — where school lunches are decorated to look like My Melody and Snoopy — but use healthy Western ingredients. Learn how to make buns with pig-faces, desserts shaped like cats, and more. As a bonus, each page features anime-style illustrations by La Carmina and her Scottish Fold cat, and an adventure story that will make you smile.
CRAZY, WACKY THEME RESTAURANTS: Tokyo
(Mark Batty Publisher / Random House)
In Japan, “theme restaurants” transform a meal into a fantasy experience. La Carmina experiences over a dozen bizarre theme cafes in Japan — from eating in a jail cell, to getting served by cross-dressing maids. Laugh out loud at her personal reflections on eating in schoolboy cafes, monkey waiters, eyeball cocktails, monster attacks and much more. This hard cover book features color photography by La Carmina.
La Carmina’s books were reviewed and featured in major press, including The Guardian, Washington Post, LA Times, The New Yorker and more. (View clippings on her Press page.)
Her publishers sent her on multi-city book tours, including signings and readings in LA, San Francisco, NYC, DC and Philadelphia. She shared her books on international talk TV shows, including a live demo on The Today Show.
La Carmina frequently hosts TV programs about food, travel and Asia pop culture trends. She is also an experienced TV fixer / producer, appearing on shows like World’s Weirdest Restaurants for Food Network. See her hosting reel and resume on her TV website.