Please bear with me...

For anyone who has been wondering about the lack of new posts here, this over on Just Hungry should explain things. I'm really hoping to feel well enough to write with pleasure about food, let alone bentos, soon. In the meantime, especially if you are new to the site, please take a look through the archives - there's a lot here! Thank you for your patience.

Bento box review: The all-stainless steel LunchBots Quad

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An in-depth look into the newest all-stainless steel bento box from LunchBots. Includes a special discount offer for JustBento readers! continue reading...

Bento box review: Atsuben Kun heats up your lunch

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A review of a sleek little bento box that actually heats up your food without a microwave. continue reading...

Digging out from under the mess

In case you don’t follow the sister site, Just Hungry, last week we got home from attending my father’s memorial service in New York to find out we had been burgled in our absence. Among other things, they took most of our ‘temporary’ kitchen equipment (we are still in the middle of renovations…) including the working hotplate, the microwave oven (which was also a convection oven…so handy), not to mention my food processor, KitchenAid mixer, even my stick blender. continue reading...

Beef and vegetable rolls (Yasai no nikumaki)

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Yasai no nikumaki, or vegetables wrapped in thinly sliced meat, (niku means meat and maki means wrap or roll) is a colorful and delicious standby item for bentos in Japan. This recipe uses a typical American cut of beef, very thinly sliced sirloin or ‘cheesesteak beef’. continue reading...

Bento filler: Parsnip kinpira

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A classic Japanese vegetable side dish made with a very European vegetable. continue reading...

Bento filler: Cucumber and Nashi (Asian pear) marinated salad

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A really easy and refreshing salad that keeps for a week in the refrigerator. Great for bentos of course. continue reading...

Tofu and vegetable piccata

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From the archives. I got an email over the weekend from someone asking for vegetarian recipes. Well, there are a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes here actually. Here is one I posted last year, a tasty ovo-vegetarian tofu-and-egg dish inspired by healthy Korean cooking, named after a classic italian dish. And of course, great in bentos! continue reading...