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 lunchtime!
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.
Written by Makiko Itoh and Photographs by Makiko Doi.