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Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go [Perfect Paperback]

Naomi Kijima
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Book Description

July 2001
Japanese bento box includes an elegant way to carry delicious, healthy food with you anywhere: to work, to school, to picnics, and to any outdoor events. In this richly illustrated full-colour book, author and teacher Naomi Kijima demonstrates how to make appetising meals in just a few easy steps. The recipes include: Traditional Japanese Favourites: Chicken teriyaki with chilled Napa cabbage, multi-coloured rice balls (onigiri) with fruit, sukiyaki with daikon pickles. Easy Rice and Noodle Combinations: mushroom rice with omelette, fried rice with tofu, rice topped with salmon and egg, chow mein with grilled fish. Lowfat Temptations: paper-wrapped snapper and mushrooms, tofu dumplings and seafood salad, golden chicken and wakame salad. Special Creation: red-bean rice and smoked-salmon rolls, deluxe chirashi sushi with grilled squid. All the main recipes - over forty in all - include step-by-step colour illustrations for preparation. Over sixty additional recipes, each illustrated in full colour, include side dishes and variations of the main recipes.

Product details

  • Perfect Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading Co (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4889960732
  • ISBN-13: 978-4889960730
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Naomi Kijima is a well known cookbook author and teacher in Japan. She has appeared on Japanese television and her recipes are regularly featured in women's magazines and newspapers there.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering o-bento recipes! 13 Jan 2005
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I bought this book in the hope that I could recreate some of the mouthwatering o-bentos I had during a 3 year stay in Japan - this book did not disappoint! A good mixture of fish and meats, with also some soup recipes, and also all the little tasty, often 'mystery' side veggies and things too! It helps if you have access to an oriental grocery store for the ingredients but as long as you have mirin, soy sauce and sake you should be able to make the bulk of the recipes. Great book! Many happy lunches ahead of me.....:-)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 7 Feb 2007
By untitled no. 4 VINE VOICE
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I love Japanese food and have been cooking a few selected dishes for some years now but recently wanted to try new things. I decided to go for this book not because I wanted to create bento boxes to take to work, but because I thought this book would have menus offered rather than individual recipes and I was intrigued. Since getting this book I have tried many of the bento menus suggested and I've been nothing but impressed as everything (no exceptions here) was delicious.

Regarding a few comments made by other reviewers:

1. The bento boxes menus in the book are not as easy to prepare as chucking a frozen pizza in the oven for 8 minutes but it is possible to use the recipes (or at least most of them) to prepare a bento box to take to work every morning -- I have done just so for a couple of weeks. The secret, I believe, is having an electric rice cooker and putting it on timer so the rice is ready in the morning when you are. The rest takes about 10 minutes to prepare if you arrange things the night before. (Tip: if you have an electric rice cooker without a timer, just get a separate timer. Works great!)

2. Indeed, some of the items are not your everyday Sainsbury's produce but I was able to find all of the items which I was looking for. Living in London does make it easier (you can find everything in China Town and the area) and the hardest to find items were actually found in Asian shops rather than the speciality Japanese delis, so do try it out. (Tip: Searching for images of the raw ingredients might help as the same thing might be under a different name. Tip2: Online shopping could get you many of the items you're looking for, if not fresh than dried or preserved, which is still better than nothing...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What it Says 8 Jun 2007
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This is probably my fourth Japanese cook book. I was specifically looking for a book on bento lunches, and behold, look what I found! Many of the recipes are similar to ones in my other books, but I have found some are simplified (though JUST as tasty!) and the proportion is perfect for a lunch serving!

I don't agree with marking a book down for a lack of local ingredients. After all, it's not local cooking. You can make your own judgements about certain substitutions (like types of mushrooms) but otherwise, get yourself to a Japanese market (or use an online retailer) to get the harder to find items!

This book has really inspired me to finally get my Japanese cooking into gear. There are useful inset 'instruction' photos at various points and every dish is shown in a good color photograph. Best of all, the lunches have been fantastic!! For the amazing low price and what you get inside, I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, but this isn't fast food! 9 Nov 2006
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All the recipes I've tried from this book have been absolutely delicious, and the ingredients should all be sourceable on line or from your friendly local Asian supermarket. But please don't assume that 'on the go' means these recipes are quick to make! O-bento are eaten on the go, but the dishes are not necessarily prepared so rapidly, and if you are not a traditional Japanese housewife who routinely gets up at 5 am to boil rice and simmer gobo, you will not be preparing these foods daily for your brood, or your partner, to take to school or work. However for the keen cook who wants a taste of authentic Japanese packed lunch, this book presents the real thing, and hence comes highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect 22 April 2010
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I had high expectations of this book and it didn't disappoint. Plenty of delicious recipes and the instructions are clear and concise.

The photos give a great idea of what the food should look like and are as mouth-watering as the dishes themselves.

The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that I would have liked a short section on the ingredients that are not readily available in the UK. I don't have access to China Town, or any oriental stores, so have to rely on mail order for specialist ingredients. This is fine, except for fresh foods and it would be helpful to have an idea of what might be suitable substitutes or where dried versions could be used without compromising the dish completely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does mostly what it says on the tin 10 Feb 2009
By Chief M
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A good recipe book, easy to make prepare. The ingredients might be a little hard for your average westerner to track down, but it is possible. My only gripe is that I find the author uses too much sugar and salt for my liking, and so I tend to halve the amount of salt and sugar when it is called for. Other than that, it tastes good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bento boxes 30 Jan 2012
By fi
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want to make great japanese food? want to create delicious food? looking for healthy food and interesting tastes? this is your book. delicious, interesting, creative, pretty, eat-it-up food for anyone who loves creating beautiful food for eating, with health and taste in mind. Yummy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Bento Beginner
This book, unlike some others on the market in English, was not written for cooks outside Asia. It's simply a translation of a popular Japanese cookbook, written for people who... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Orinoco Womble
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Bento boxes are still a relatively unknown entity outside of Japan and the aficionado of Japanese cuisine. Read more
Published 11 months ago by I. Darren
3.0 out of 5 stars nice recipes, dissapointing layout, typography and color management
The inside of the book looks like something out of the 80's, the colors are not right, which makes photos of food unappetizing.
A great neglect for a book on food. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Lauge Brixvold
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy meals
This book contains a variety of wonderful and healthy recipes. I let mt kids look in the book and choose what they want in their lunch box on those days when they need a lunch box. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2010 by Belle Among Vikings
2.0 out of 5 stars Ingredient nightmare
I bought this book to help me make more interesting lunches, but can only agree with some of the other reviewers regarding ingredients. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by MISS LINDSAY MCBAIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job!
I wanted a book that would give me some ideas for taking some interesting lunches to work without me having to spend too long in the kitchen or make an expedition to buy loads of... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Mr. Peter A. Gillon
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but a good varied content
This is a relatively brief book but the content is quite varied, which means for someone like me who doesn't like fish or seafood there is still a suitable range of recipes I can... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by E. L. Wisty
1.0 out of 5 stars You don't really need this book to make Bento
I am a bit disappointed of this book because I have done a lot of researches of reciepes for Bento Lunch recently. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2009 by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal!
This is a completely authentic Japanese bento recipe book. It is full of beautifully illustrated and simple recipes for all the classics that make a bento lunch. What a find! Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2008 by Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
This book is fun to read and the pictures are delightful. However, for me at least it is far from practical. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2008 by Mme Judith Clarke
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