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- 出版社: 講談社インターナショナル (2010/8/11)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 4770031246
- ISBN-13: 978-4770031242
- 発売日： 2010/8/11
- 商品パッケージの寸法: 24.9 x 1.3 x 18.8 cm
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- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: 本 - 1,137,363位 (本の売れ筋ランキングを見る)
(英文版) ジャスト・弁当: 世界に届ける、毎日のお弁当 - The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/8/11
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世界中で大人気のお弁当ブログJustbento.comのブロガーが紹介する、ヘルシーで経済的で愛情あふれる150のレシピと25のお弁当メニュー。【メニュー例】すき焼き風ビーフ丼弁当、そぼろ弁当、 スペイン風オムレツ弁当、夏野菜のキャセロール弁当 など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 ingredientsAn invaluable resource for bento beginners and aficionados alike
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Its for grown ups. Chucking out most of the cute bits and hard-to-find ingredients, this book is perfect for someone who wants to have a fun lunch but not make a scene in the breakroom because of a smiley face on a sandwich (not that there is anything wrong with that!).
Most ingredients in the book are easy to find (cherry tomatoes, egg, chicken, etc), and some of the more specialized ingredients (mirin, dashi stock, etc) are available any almost any asian grocery store or online. There are tons of recipes, with pages followed by variations on those recipes, cooking time charts and timelines, and even a glossary of Japanese food terms. Fantastic.
So, what is bento? Think Japanese version of the school lunch but instead of a big thick lunchbox, there is creativity on the portions of what one eats and are typically set in a special container in which food is split. There is no big bulky apples or bananas or a big sandwich, for the Japanese, you have your steam rice, egg, vegetables, meats, etc. and it all fits into a container.
And it's no surprise that bento boxes have become popular outside of Japan. People wanting to create economically cool bento boxes and who best to write about it than food blogger Makiko Itoh, owner of justhungry.com and justbento.com.
Makiko has written "The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go" featuring 25 attractive bento menus and features more than 150 recipes which include the Sushi Roll Bento, the Chicken Karaage Bento but as it does feature Japanese style bentos, she also has a not-so-Japanese section which has a Summer Vegetable Casserole Beto and Every Loves a Pie Bento.
And what is important is that Makiko doesn't focus on cuteness or for the sake of having cute bento, she writes with care about nutrition and has easy-to-read, concise instructions that go along with photos.
For example, using the cover image (featured above), the photo is for "Chicken and Three-color Pepper Stir-fry Bento". She shows you how to create the stir-fry with a recipe, plus how to make instant cabbage and cucumber pickles and blanched broccoli. Also, information on how to prepare basic white rice.
She also has a time line of how long it takes to create the dish as well.
After you make the dish, she then features how to prepare the food and place it into a single-tier and two-tier box.
So, these are easy-to-follow instructions.
So, what about the rolled up egg? How do they roll it up? No problem, she has pictures on how she does it.
What about the zig zagged vegetables? No problem, she explains how to do it as well.
And it's important to note that the ingredients featured on the Japanese recipes are ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. Especially if you have an Asian grocery store nearby. Granted, sesame salt or kabocha squash may not be at your local grocery store, but the goal is to improvise if you don't find some of these ingredients.
Now, by using Makiko Itoh's "Just Bento Cookbook", you may be thinking...great, we got the recipe down, ingredients for the Japanese and non-Japanese dishes can be found but what about the actual bento box and equipment that Makiko uses. Now, this is the cool part of the book where she actually showcases bento boxes and accessories and where you can purchase them.
Itoh also goes into foods that can be refrigerated or frozen and for those who are not familiar with the Japanese ingredients, she also has a glossary at the end of the book. So, for those who read and are not sure what "bonito flakes", "miso" or what "edamame" are... no problem, she explains what they are.
Overall, this is a fantastic book for those wanting to prepare bento dishes. Sometimes blogs on how to prepare bento are hard to follow and Itoh recognizes the weaknesses of what others have tried to do and focuses on making the experience as easy as possible for those creating bento for the first time.
So, if you are interested in making bento, I can easily say that "The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go" is perhaps the best book I have reviewed on bento thus far.
I was absolutely blown away at how much information is in this book and the ease of its use. It gives step by step instructions on not only how to prepare the bento-specific meals, but how to pack the box itself, along with tons of other helpful info. I was worried that I wouldn't have time in the mornings to cook the food and have it fresh the same day, but the timelines are a huge help.
There are countless tips, tricks, and hints throughout the book to make bento fun, easy, and healthy. The author even has website addresses in the back linking to their website with even more information, including a bento meal planner (HUGE help).
Overall, definitely the book to buy for the bento beginner!
The book is well written, friendly and easy going, with clear explanations and beautiful photos. a good history and description of bento boxes is provided as well as some background on the author and motivation for writing the book. The recipes are easy to follow and use mostly ingredients that should be easy enough to find in any supermarket with an Asian section. Lots of diversity in the recipes provided from meat, fish, salads and treats. Included with each main recipe are a number of variations which help mix things up.
This is a great little cookbook and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for small meal ideas, even if you don't use a bento box this is good food!