The Just Bento Cookbook

Everyday Lunches to Go

  • Makiko Itoh
  • Photographs by Makiko Doi
The Just Bento Cookbook

Size: 250×190 mm, 420 g
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
64 color pages, 100 photos, 25 bento menus, more than 150 recipes
ISBN10: 1-56836-393-1
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-393-6
Release date: Dec. 1, 2010

List price: $19.95

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Healthy, attractive, and economical-bento-box meals will revolutionize your lunchtimes.
Let Makiko Itoh, the Net's leading bento blogger,
get you started on your bento journey!

  • 25 bento menus and over 150 delicious recipes, both Japanese and Western: Sukiyaki-style Beef Donburi Bento, Egg-wrapped Sushi Bento, Spanish Omelette Bento, Bunny Sandwich Bento, and more
  • Every bento photographed in full color
  • Comprehensive practical bento-making guidelines: choosing a box, menu-planning, speed and safety tips, staple ingredients
  • Timelines help streamline your morning preparation
  • Glossary of Japanese ingredients
  • An invaluable resource for bento beginners and aficionados alike

Bento-box lunches, inspired by the Japanese tradition, are taking the West by storm. More than just cute and decorative, this economical, healthy approach to eating will revolutionize your lunchtimes! Leading bento blogger Makiko Itoh has been spreading the bento word on her hugely popular web site Just Bento, but now, for the first time, her bento expertise has been packaged in book form. The Just Bento Cookbook is a treasure trove of delicious recipes and practical tips, and shows you how a daily bento lunch is something you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle.
The Just Bento Cookbook contains 25 attractive bento menus and more than 150 recipes that have been specially created for the book. It is divided into two sections, Japanese, and Not-so Japanese. The Japanese section includes classic menus such as Sushi Roll Bento and Chicken Karaage Bento, while the Not-so-Japanese section shows how Western food can be adapted to the bento concept with delicious menus such as Summer Vegetable Casserole Bento and Everyone Loves A Pie Bento.
In addition to the recipes, there are sections on bento-making equipment, staples to make and stock, speed and safety tips, and a glossary. There are timelines to streamline your morning preparation. A planning-chart section is included, showing how you might organize your weekly bento making.
Whether you are just starting out on your bento journey, or already an aficionado, this book, with its wealth of recipes, tips, and practical guidelines, is sure to become an invaluable resource.

About the Author

Makiko Itoh was born in Tokyo and raised and educated in Japan, England, and the United States. After years of living in New York City, she moved to Switzerland, where she found it difficult to find authentic Japanese cooking. This inspired her to go back to her roots and learn how to cook the food her mother and grandmother used to make, using the limited range of Japanese ingredients available to her. In 2003 she started a blog about Japanese cooking called Just, and in 2007 a companion blog about bento box lunches called Just The Just Bento Cookbook is a continuation of her passion for spreading the word about healthy Japanese home cooking around the world. Visit the Just Bento home page: