The Just Bento Cookbook

The Just Bento Cookbook

Everyday Lunches to Go

Book - 2011 | First U.S. edition.
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Bento fever has recently swept across the West, fuelled not just by an interest in cute, decorative food, but by the desire for 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, boasts hundreds of thousands of subscribers, all of whom love her delicious recipes and practical bento-making tips.

Now, for the first time, Itoh's expertise has been packaged in book form. The Just Bento Cookbook contains twenty-five attractive bento menus and more than 150 recipes, all of which have been specially created for this book and are divided into two main sections, Japanese and Not-so-Japanese. The Japanese section includes classic bento menus such as Salted Salmon 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 Gratin Bento and Everyone Loves a Pie Bento.

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 readers how they might organize their weekly bento making.

In a market full of bento books that emphasize the cute and the decorative, this book stands out for its emphasis on the health and economic benefits of the bento, and for the very practical guidelines on how to ensure that a daily bento lunch is something that can easily be incorporated into anyone's lifestyle. This is the perfect book for the bento beginner, but will also provide a wealth of new bento recipe ideas and tips for Just Bento aficionados.
Publisher: New York : Kodansha USA, 2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781568363936
Branch Call Number: 641.5952 Ito
Characteristics: 127 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Doi, Makiko - Photographer


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VioletLucie Apr 24, 2018

This is my favorite Bento Cookbook! The recipes are quick and yummy, and mostly scaled for one serving, so it's easy to increase for more servings. I love the timelines she includes, so you know exactly when to prepare each item so you get it done quickly!

OhTai Apr 09, 2016

This book was awesome! It even gave substitutes for most recipes just in case you wanted options.

May 04, 2015

The recipes are pretty easy, healthy and straightforward -- most, if not all, ingredients can be found at local grocery stores. This cookbook is fab if you want to eat more veggies, but also want something a bit more elaborate than carrot sticks & ranch dip. I loved the timelines that set out when I should move between recipes. So useful! Have ordered my own copy of the cookbook so I can try out all the recipes -- especially the quick pickles.

Aug 07, 2013

It's pretty simple, and definitely a straight-forward guide to Bento. The pictures were beautifully done and evoked hunger, despite reading this late at night. I'd recommend it for anyone looking to learn about Bento, or anyone interested in traditional Japanese cuisine that is easy and quick to make.

May 08, 2013

I love this author's blog. I can't wait to read her book!

May 01, 2013

Inspiration to bring lunch every day! A day’s complete tasty lunch has all the recipes (in single servings) followed with a time line for completion in 15 minutes. Practical & Motivating!

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