More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and availability

I’m sorry about the lack of updates around here! I am currently on the road, in the U.S., dealing with family stuff. But there’s another reason I’m here! As you already know if you follow @justbento on Twitter (or my ‘personal’, more esoteric Twitter account, @makiwi, I am going to do a few book promo events. Here is the schedule as of now.

  • New York City: Talk and Book Signing at Kinokuniya, Bryant Park (1073 Sixth Avenue at 41st Street) (Done now - it was great! Report coming up soon…)
    Saturday, January 22 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Seattle-area event 1: Blogger event hosted by Viv aka Seattle Bon Vivant, January 26. This event is already full! (If you have already RSVP’ed and have questions etc. about the event, please contact Viv directly…thanks!)
  • Seattle-area event 2: Talk and Book Signing at Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park.
    Thursday, January 27, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Event details here!
  • Seattle-area event 3: Book Signing at Uwajimaya/Kinokuniya, 525 So. Weller Street, Seattle (edit: looks like this event will be more of a book signing, rather than a talk and signing. But please stop by to ask questions or just to say hi! ^_^)
    Saturday, January 29 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

I know, why 1 NY event and 3 Seattle events? To paraphrase Jessica Rabbit, I don’t know, I’m just scheduled that way. ^_^; As of now, no further events are planned, but if they do get scheduled you’ll hear about them here of course.

(Also, as far as why I am not going to [insert city here], it’s really not up to me. It’s up to the publisher, Kodansha International. I wish I had the budget myself to go to everywhere people want me to go, but with a money pit for house and so on, I don’t … sorry! ^_^;)

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Book availability, or OMG it keeps selling out :o

So, sales of the book are surpassing everyone’s expectations. It sold out before the official US publication date on Amazon.com, was back in stock briefly, then promptly sold out again. Not only is the 2nd printing gone, the 3rd printing has come off the presses this week and is being shipped to stores as we speak! (Update: Today (January 20th) I got word that a 4th printing has been scheduled now! And it’s not even the end of January!) I checked around a bit and it does look like Barnes & Noble has it in stock still. If you’re an Amazon shopper, your best bet is probably to just put your order in ^_^; Don’t hold me to this, but the 1 to 3 month delivery time listed is probably them being conservative. Barnes & Noble seems to have it in stock. Check at your local bookstore or Japanese grocery store too.

For non-US places to get the book, please refer to the list of sources.

A big thank you to everyone who has gotten it or is planning to get The Book…and, despite not being in stock even, making it (as of this writing) no. 1 in the Japanese cookbook category! I am floored, and honored.

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Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

Woohoo! I am so excited our trips to Seattle coincide~ I'll see you at Uwajimaya on January 29th. Do you know if they will have extra books on hand that day to purchase, or should I try to get a copy ahead of time? Can't wait to meet you!

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

I forgot to answer this sooner - sorry! I'm sure Uwajimaya/Kinokuniya will have books on hand for purchase. ^_^

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

I guess I was lucky to just find it on the shelf in Kinokuniya. Glad its selling well.

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lol i just had to comment on the jessica rabbit thing! very nice! :D

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Ha, now I'm extra-pleased that I got mine nice and early from Bento & Co.!

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I got the book for Christmas from my sister. She bought it on Amazon in the US. It looks so great and so informative. I look forward to incorporating the meals into my bentos. I live in Japan now and like to make Japanese meals as the availability and price of Japanese food is much cheaper but most the recipes are in Japanese so it takes me a bit more time to first translate the recipe. So I really appreciate your book. Thanks!

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Whoohoooo! I'm so glad the book is selling out. Hmmm, maybe, Just Bento II?

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

have the book, the only one in Borders Books in Simi Valley, CA, just after reading how difficult it is to come by - :-)

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Available in New Zealand at www.fishpond.co.nz.

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

So exciting! Looking forward to seeing you at Third Place or Uwajimaya in Seattle -- both favorite spots! And let me know if I can answer any Seattle questions before your trip.

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Good for you!!!!!
I haven't bought the book yet, but count me in as a "future buyer" (this month I already spent all my money on fixing the car and the washing machine - 800$ in all. crazy!)

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

Odered on Book Depository, available from yesterday.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9784770031242/The-Just-Bento-

Hope i'll receive this week!
Lilli

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

Third printing before the official release date? Whoa, that's hardcore!

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You deserve all the acclaim you get! I just finally got around to getting my copy from the 3rd printing and it is fantastic. I own a gazillion cookbooks and yours is already one of my all time favorites. The layout is wonderful, the pictures are appetizing, and the recipes are varied and interesting but still so easy. I particularly love all the detail you give about how to freeze and defrost properly for individual dishes. All the options for different variations for each bento are also a big plus. It is just like your blogs - you take something that might seem esoteric and complicated and you make it accessible, friendly and doable. Bravo!!

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

Make sure to let us know when you're going to be in San Francisco or LA! ;)
~Anna~

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

I second this! Would love to see you in SF, Maki. If you ever come out here, Omnivore Books would be a great place for an event -- they do lots of cookbook author events and it's always a lot of fun.

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I'm so happy for you that your book is doing so well! I'm glad I got mine before it started going out of stock to frequently. I hope you take encouragement from the success and think about doing another one!

Also, I'm jealous of everyone living in Seattle. >_> Come to Colorado!

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

I pre-ordered the book last year, and now it's probably one of the recipe books I use the most ! It helped me cook, freeze and defrost Japanese rice better than I usually did, it tastes sooooo much better ! Congratulations on this huge success, you deserve it ! I've been reading your blogs for years, and the book is just as tasty :) Maybe one day you'll extend your book tour to Paris ? :)

Congrats again !

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

congratulations maki!!!

i wish i was in nyc for you talk & book signing. the kinokuniya in bryant park's great!

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

Be sure to let us know if you're ever in Washington, D.C. I'll be there with my copy firmly in hand! I got it as a present for Christmas and it has been a wonderful resource. My teenage daughters and I enjoy browsing through it and picking out new ideas for lunches.

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Man, I wish I lived in the places your going to visit!!
Just like vesperh said, please post if you'll be in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virgina, anywhere around that area is fine!!

I saw your book in borders one day by chance and I bought it before anyone else could take the last copy! I got lucky~

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

Hey Maki, if you're interested in coming to Boston, I have an idea of a bookstore that might be interested in hosting you and selling your book! It's an independent bookstore called Brookline Booksmith. I would be more than honored to contact them to see about bringing you to Boston.

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You know why you have 3 events in Seattle? Because Seattle rules! Thanks why. Ha! Can't wait to see you tomorrow. I'm hungry already. xo

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Why not San Francisco?

Re: More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and ...

Hi Maki,

I guess I got lucky; I've had the book on my Amazon wish list since last year and I just went back and ordered it last weekend. My book arrived a few days ago (third printing) and last night I made the ginger pork with braised new potatoes (except I did it with chicken). Very yummy, and I have leftovers. I also got a real bento box and am looking forward to cooking my way through the book. But enough about me...

It is great to hear that your book is getting such a warm reception. Congratulations on your success! You deserve every bit of it!

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