on September 6, 2014
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.
on June 1, 2013
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!
on April 16, 2013
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 .
on December 24, 2012
This book is filled with delicious recipes, colourful photos and sensible advice. Every bento I have made from this book has been exceptionally delicious. The book gives recipes for Japanese and non-Japanese bento, recipes for common ingredient substitutions(for those who do not have access to much Japanese grocers), food safety and prep and handy tips to make your bento quickly and tasty.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
This cookbook includes a variety of recipes that are inspired both by traditional Japanese bento and by other cuisines. Each bento box recipe includes a timeline that allows you to easily plan for making your lunches, and a variety of sides and substitutions.The photos are lovely, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
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.