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Ten-Minute Bento Paperback – June 26, 2012
"My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration" by Yvonne Maffei
Explore this bestselling cookbook filled with more than 100 diverse, popular, international recipes made with halal foods or halal substitutes along with tips on how to source them. Learn more
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About the Author
Ms. Fujii is currently a regular on Nippon TV's cooking program 3 Minute Cooking.
Her website address is http://www.fujiimegumi.jp/
Top Customer Reviews
If you can read Japanese, you probably wouldn't be looking at this book anyway, but just in case: I highly advise you to skip on this book because there is nothing new in it that you won't find from much better books. A few recommendations are つくりおきおかずで朝つめるだけ！and おべんとうつくりの正解.
That being said, let's get to the actual review of it as a cookbook:
I found the recipes authentic yet very simple. There are decidedly Japanese bentos (ex. Rolled omelet and boiled hijiki bento) and very non-Japanese bentos (ex. French toast salad bento) included in the book to satisfy every palate. However, quite a few of the recipes include Japanese items that may not be easily found in your regular grocery store. I believe this is because the book is just a translation from its Japanese counterpart. Things like seven-spice powder, yukari, konjac, wakame, hijiki; I definitely do not have in any grocery stores near me. I would not even know what some of these items were if it wasn't for my Japanese bento books. But at least half of the recipes use only common ingredients (assuming you have access to things like mirin, sake, rice vinegar, miso). If you have an Asian store near you, no problem. I personally make bentos every day of the workweek and prefer to use ingredients I can obtain easily.
One thing that should be noted is that this book is based on bentos that have the sides on top of the rice.Read more ›
Most of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked grocery, although some items may only be available at an asian market (i.e. sake, bonito flakes, etc). The last page does contain a short list of common ingredients used in japanese cooking (with substitutions for some of them) and a list of online resources.
This is not a bento book that shows you how to make cute designs and characters, rather, it provides relatively simple and quick recipes to prepare for your bento meal. All in all, I am very pleased with this book and can't wait to start making some of the recipes.
10 Minute Bento was originally written in Japanese by Megumi Fuji and translated to English. It's paperback and printed in full color with lots of photographs of the finished food and great serving ideas. Instead of cute characters, these are bento lunches that are attractive without being carefully planned out to create images.
You'll start with steamed rice, then add in the main course and vegetables. The recipes are written with cooking for one in mind. The recipes can be doubled if you're cooking for more than one. Instructions are clearly written and understandable, and measurements are by weight. The rice steamed ahead of time and the meat topping and vegetable sides are the 10 minute part of the cooking, that includes prep time.If you're doubling the recipe it may take longer for cutting and prepping. The portions are smaller than a lot of people are used to, but perfect for healthy lunches on the go.
For people who rarely eat or cook Japanese food, there are some recipes that will be familiar enough to be comfortable. These are just a few of my favorite examples. There are several more.Read more ›
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a simple but delicious book of bento recipes, though if you're totally new to bento making, you might want to do your own research online about the history of bentos, for tips on selecting different types of bentos, etc., because there is almost nothing 'extra' in this book outside of the recipes. That being said, it's still a great book overall and I look forward to making many more of the recipes. If you want great recipes plus the 'extras', including morning time management charts for making bentos, I would also recommend The Just Bento Cookbook by Makiko Itoh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful pictures and extremely easy recipes. A perfect place to start in making bentos. So excited to try some out!!!Published 3 months ago by Cupcake
I love this book. It has some really great lunch ideas and recipes. I found many of the items I needed at a Japanese specialty store, but you could use substitutes found in most... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karen D.
I was looking for a book on making tasty nutritious meals with enough variety to keep my interest, but simple enough to actually prepare. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julia Mira
Beautiful photos throughout. But not very useful for me because 1. I'm very limited on time, 2. Some of the ingredients are just too exotic for my locale (I've never even seen a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Midwest Shopper
There is enough diversity in the recipes to keep things interesting! I love it!Published 12 months ago by Jessie
All the recipes are simple including rice and pasta bentos. Some very asian and others more westen styled. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathryn