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Useful Even If You Don't Carry Your Lunch!,
This review is from: Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go (Paperback)
As a newbie to the world of Bento, this book is a gold mine of information and recipes. While I don't carry my lunch, I bought a bento box to help me with portion control (and let's be honest, because the box was so beautiful). I ordered this book at the same time as Ten Minute Bento, and I'm here to tell you "Just Bento" wins, hands down! There are many, many recipes for main dishes, sides, even "desserts"--most written for one portion, so it's easy to add up if you want to make more, but don't have to deal with freezing leftovers etc. The Japanese recipes are re-written for Western cooks, with tutorials giving clear explanations and pictures to help the uninitiated make things like nigiri and sushi rolls. There are also recipes for Western-style food such as burgers, salads etc, and you won't go crazy looking for exotic ingredients as Ms Itoh always suggests alternatives for anything hard to find. Her experience living in areas where specialist grocers are non-existent has helped her relate to non-Japanese cooks.
I fill my bento for my evening meal, so I cook as I go, and while the recipes may not be ten minutes to prepare, they are fast enough to make it easy and pleasant. I'm cooking my way through this book; the portions are satisfying even to a foodie like me, with no leftovers to tempt me to overindulge.
My only wish is that I had bought this book first, I'd have saved some money.