57 and counting: bento

I recently had the pleasure of spending time with professional bloggers and we got to talking about the number of cookbooks we own (57 and counting). We have a wide variety of cookbooks and we’ve started quite a collection of vintage cookbooks we’ve found at used book stores, antique stores and from our relatives (more on those later).

One of our more recent cookbooks is The Just Bento Cookbook – Everday Lunches To Go by Makiko Itoh. With Bryan’s new business, he’s home for lunch and I’d like to start bringing my lunches to work, so this was a perfect purchase from Amazon.

We haven’t tested any recipes from the cookbook yet, but we really like the layout of the book. A few things we appreciate:

  • Timeline – the recipe steps are broken out at the end by a timeline to show when you should work on what step and pack certain items into the bento box.
  • Prep the night before – fairly self explanatory, but super helpful for planning purposes.
  • Make ahead of time – again, fairly self explanatory, but helpful.

In addition to traditional Japanese-style bentos, the cookbook offers non-traditional Japanese-style bentos. As mentioned we haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but a few bentos/recipes I’m really looking forward to trying are:

  • Chicken Kara-age Bento
  • Instant Cabbage and Cucumber Pickles
  • Quinoa Pilau and Chickpea Salad Bento
  • Soup and Muffin Bento (includes a recipe for edamame and cheese muffins…yum)

We’ll keep you posted on what we think of the recipes we try. What is the latest cookbook you’ve picked up?

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PR gal and foodie. Half of HouseoFoodies and half of Spruce Phoenix, a real estate investment company.