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The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go [Paperback]

Makiko Itoh , Makiko Doi
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Nov. 23 2010

Bento fever has recently swept across the West, fuelled not just by an interest in cute, decorative food, but by interest in an economical, healthy approach to eating in these times of recession. A leading light in the popularization of bento has been Makiko Itoh, whose blog, Just Bento, has thousands of subscribers worldwide, all of whom love her delicious recipes and practical bento-making tips.

In addition to the recipes, Itoh includes sections on bento-making equipment, bento staples to make and stock, basic cooking techniques, and a glossary. A planning-chart section is included, showing how you might organize your weekly bento making.

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About the Author

Makiko Itoh was born in Tokyo and raised and educated in Japan, England and the U.S. In 2003 she started a blog about Japanese cooking called Just Hungry, and in 2007 a companion blog about bento box lunches called Just Bento. Just Hungry is the most popular blog about Japanese cooking in English, and Just Bento boasts more than 220,000 subscribers and millions of page views a month.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Terrific! Jan. 26 2011
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Just Bento is an excellent book with very practical ideas on lunches, many of us have gone to Japanese Restaurants and had excellent Bento lunches or suppers. Japanese culinary ware is not only practical but works of art. Display is a critical component of servings, not only does it taste good but how things look also count. There are countless ideas of lunches, many using Japanese food items which are available in many grocery stores. Here where I live there is not a great selection of Asian stores selling Japanese items. You have to travel to Toronto, Canada to get many items, however many of the bento lunches in the book can be adapted very easily. There is even a great selection of lunches with western components. The pictures are just excellent. As we strive to eat nutritionally there are great ideas for nutritional lunches, with lots of veggies. Western diets have led to high levels of obsesity and there are great ideas to cut down on the high levels of fatty foods we are consuming. We see in trends that Japanese who observe typical Japanese diets have lower levels of obsesity and live longer. Great practical ideas, easy to prepare items make this a must have for any person wishing to have a more healthy lifestyle.
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This would be a great addition along with Japanese Women don't get old and fat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Sept. 21 2011
By Lori F
No matter if you are a beginner or have made a few bento box lunches, this book will help you make authentic meals while making it seem easy. For me, the time line was very helpful as it gave you guidance in how to time each item so to make the best use of your time and assure everything was ready at the same time.
Also the photos will makes your mouth water.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy recipes that look (and are Sept. 6 2014
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This book is filled with simple, easy recipes that look (and are!) absolutely delicious. The instructions/recipes are clear and concise. I had to pick up a few ingredients I've never bought before (rice vinegar, mirin, sake and sesame oil, among others) but it's well worth it to give these recipes a try! Its perfect for someone just starting out who wants to make their own healthy meals.
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By Lizzie
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I have been making bento lunches, using Japanese and other cuisines for inspiration, for about a year and a half, but finally decided to treat myself to Maki`s book. I wish I had bought it sooner! The recipes are easy to follow, contain many variations so you`ll never get bored, and have handy tips and tricks to help you get started if you`re new. The recipes are varied enough to appeal to novice and experienced bento creators, and are generally healthy enough for everyday food. There are some cute bento ideas, but it`s mostly a great resource for adults who want to take lunch beyond a basic sandwich. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in bento, whether making or eating them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great cookbook! April 16 2013
By Dawn
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The recipes are easy , delicious , and nutritious. Some require advance preparation so if you are organized with respect to cooking this should not be a problem for you . If you are not accumstomed to planning ahead , this is a good place to start .
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