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Simplicity, practicality and beauty are created in bentos,
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This review is from: Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go (Paperback)
I purchased this book because I wanted a cook book to inspire my lunch boxes to university. Most of the other books I flipped through are not that inspiring and doesn't allow you to enjoy what you make and eat. I can stick to all the cold pastas and sandwiches and save myself the money. However this is one of the most well-written cook books I have ever seen.
Makiko's instructions are easy to follow, her plans are well laid out and simple. Her writing style is honest and reassuring, while the photos of the bento boxes are simple divine. The combinations and the variations on the recipes are mind-blowing. Considering it's quite a thin book of 127 pages, it is a fantastic value for money.
Not only have I become a fan of her recipes, I found her advice on planning, time management, equipment and stock control helpful. The recipes are flexible in that they don't necessarily require expensive Japanese ingredients that you have to purchase from specialist shops. However you can learn a lot about basic principles of japanese cooking without feelign overwhelmed. The re-interpretation of western dishes for the bento principles are inspirational if you wanted to make other cuisines to fit into a tiny box.
In simple terms:- I don't see why someone shouldn't purchase this book!