Update about the Just Bento Cookbook

A couple of updates about the status of The Just Bento Cookbook.

First up, I received word from several readers who had preordered the book, that they had received notification from Amazon.com that their books will be available on November 24th. I just checked the Amazon site, and they have updated their availability date to November 22nd! This is great news, since the original availablity date in the US was January 11th. Which means...you can get one in time for the holidays! (Makes a great present don't you think? hint hint ^___^) The Amazon page also has "Look Inside" so you can check the book out before buying. (The issue with way too much of the book being visible seems to have been fixed now.)

Secondly...it seems that the book has been selling so well just in preorder, that the publisher has already ordered a 2nd printing! This is pretty unusual I believe for any cookbook by essentially a first-time author (I'm not a first-time book author but it is my first cookbook) so I'm really happy about that.

The book has already been available in Japan and some other countries in Asia since late September, and I've already gotten a lot of great feedback about it. Hopefully that will continue once it's let loose in the US ^_^;.

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Re: Update about the Just Bento Cookbook

Great news about your book. I may need to drop a few Christmas hints around my family. ;-)

I checked out the Amazon page, and I wonder if perhaps they made an error on their "Look Inside" links. In my experience, they usually show the covers, credits, tables of contents and indices, and just a few pages of the actual text -- just enough to give you a sense of the book. It does seem as though they are previewing a substantial amount of your book. Perhaps you or your publisher may want to touch base with Amazon?

Best wishes for your continued success,
Kathleen

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Hi,
I bought your book on Bento&Co.com and it is amazing!! I LOVE IT!
I've already tried some of the recipes.
When do write the next one?? ;)
Thanks!!

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I had preordered your book from bookdepository.co.uk and just received notification that it has shipped. They had the book listed as being released on the 18th November. I can't wait for it to arrive!

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Swell news. And don't fret over the Look Inside bit. Amazon is the best in the world at selling books, they orient the length and content of previews to sell books and it works. If it didn't, they would alter it. Hence in the end it's to your advantage.

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great news about your book! I was glad to read here in one of the comments that bookdepository carry it - I'm going to order myself a copy!

and somewhat off-topic, but as a beginner-bentoist I must ask as it is really bugging me - when you pack a bento box, does it have to stay lying-down as when packed for the food to stay in place? because in my kids' bags (and in mine) the boxes are transferred upright and the food almost always shifts and mixes (even with the little silicon cups and "fillers") or is it because there is space between the lid and the food?

Thanks!

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I love amazon's "look inside" feature. I have bought a lot of books based on the fact that I can look at the table of contents to see if the book includes what I'm looking for. I think you will sell more based on that, really!

I got a pre-ordered copy of the Just Bento book for my birthday from my mom in October, and I'm excited to get it early.

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I just went to the Amazon site and "flipped" through the book. I don't think what I saw was any more than what I can find here, but it certainly did make me want the book very much! I was debating whether I wanted to buy it, since your two sites are so good and have so very much information. It didn't seem to me that enough was being shown that someone would essentially have the book for free.

It is now on my Christmas list!

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Maki,
I just received a note from Amazon that they have shipped my two copies of the book. So now the suspense is in the hands of USPS... "not rain, nor snow, nor dark of night will stay these couriers...?

Thought you'd like to know that Amazon IS shipping!

Congratulations and best wishes,

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My copy arrived today from Amazon! Beautiful book.

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Being the sort of person that prefers to buy books in person, is there any word on if or when this book will be sold in any chain bookstores in the United States?

I'll definitely order this from Amazon if it turns out that I don't really have another option, but I just prefer to walk my book purchase up to a counter and shell out bills and coins. That may be just me though. I have no idea. I hear this is a useful preference to have for anyone that intends to live in Japan for some amount of time.

Thanks for such great websites, and I'm really excited to read your book whenever I get my hands on it. :)

~Will

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I really don't know where the book will be sold in terms of brick and mortar stores, though several people have reported seeing it for sale at Kinokuniya bookstores around the globe. Your best bet might be to ask the publisher, Kodansha, about availability in your area. I noticed they have a Facebook page ^_^

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I'll definitely have to inquire to Kodansha about it then. :)
Unfortunately I can't access them on facebook quite yet, because I've sworn to myself that I would keep my facebook account deactivated until final exams are over. For the sake of my GPA.
Thanks for the information. ^^

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I am from Melbourne, Australia and I always take a walk during my lunch break, especially to a bookshop nearby. The other day I went for a walk as usual and went to the bookshop again and saw your book sell in the shop! I can't believe they are selling here and too bad didn't carry any money with me that day. I am going back to the bookshop again to buy it.
Those lives in Melbourne and wish to buy it, the bookshop is Mary Martin at Southgate. And the book cost about AUD30.

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Mine arrived from Amazon UK today and it is even better than I hoped!

The see inside feature works well for persuading people to buy from a first-time author, as they can judge the production quality. People rarely use the function for more than one look, like in a bookshop.

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I just recieved mine and I love it! Great job!

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My Just Bento book is on its way...along with ANOTHER bento box that I don't need :) When I first looked inside the book at the sight it was showing a great deal more of the book than it is now. They must have fixed the glitch. Can't wait!

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I was too impatient to wait for the European release of the book so I ordered it a while ago from Bento&Co.
It's a great resource! When I initially heard that it would cover 'only' 25 bentos, I was afraid there wouldn't be a lot of different recipes, but I was pleasantly surprised with how many recipes and variations you managed to include, as well as general info and tutorials. The timeline is helpful as well.
Feel free to write more books :)

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I just got mine in the mail today! It's absolute gorgeous--has lots of recipes I have tried and even more that I have not! I am very pleased with this purchase! Thanks to both Makikos for doing such a splendid job.

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I am so, so happy that it is available now. I just ordered a copy from Amazon, and will be able to enjoy it after Thanksgiving dinner.

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I only just found this website today when browsing for information on Bento, but everything looks so interesting that I just ordered the book on amazon, can't wait to get it!!

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I received mine this morning (delivered in 9 degree F weather and snow on the ground) and had to go page by page at breakfast! Wonderful!!!!! Thanks for making the effort to bring us recipes in book form as well as on the websites. Very nicely done. I use a bento jar from time to time but can see using other containers now since you have shown us lovely arrangements of food in different types of boxes.

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Received my pre-ordered copy of your book on Wednesday from Amazon. Love it. Congratulations!

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I just received your book and it's amazing! Very beautiful photos (as always) and easy to understand instruction, plus lots of useful tips! I hadn't read this update about the faster ship-date, so I still thought I'd be getting it in January. I came home to find it sitting against my door! I was sooo excited, because I was getting really impatient for January, lol. Now that it's out, I'm planning on buying one for my best friend.

Congrats, Maki! Hopefully you do make another one.
(Also, I wish I could get mine signed!)

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Thank you everyone who has bought the book! I feel really honored! (feel free to post reviews on those book seller sites too btw ^___^; ) I'll have to figure out how to get books signed...(though there will be some book signings in the US coming up...I'll post a schedule as soon as I have it.)

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Mine arrived unexpectedly last week and I'm so excited! I've loved the recipes on your website so I'm confident I'll have a good experience with the book. I'm going to suggest to our local paper that they do a review...

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I just got mine from Kinokuniya bookstore in Portland, Oregon. They had to order it, but turnaround was 1 day. It is well worth full price. Thanks for the correction for Edamame and Cheese muffins. That will be my first try.
If this isn't the quintessential "healthy lunch box for kids" book, I don't know what is. (That should be on the cover.) Eating with your eyes, small portions, great variety of flavor, texture etc. If kids could only get this kind of meal early on, obesity would be so much less of a problem.
Busy moms might balk, but you give lots of tips for saving time.
One Q, you gave directions for refrigerator dashi (new concept to me!). How much water do you use for the amounts of konbu and bonito flakes you listed. Also are these the fine flakes or the ones that look like wood shavings?
Thanks for your efforts. Oops, 1 more Q. Who is Makiko Doi, your photographer?

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The dashi recipe is quite flexible actually - it will make 4 to 6 cups of dashi, though of course the more water you put in the lighter it will be. If you want a rather intense dashi you can add just 2 cups of water. I usually have about 5 cups of water in my container in the refrigerator.

Makiko Doi is a professional freelance photographer who's done the photography for a number of books in Japan. She was assigned to the JB book by the publisher. I was a bit disappointed that my photography skills were not good enough for them at first (and I'm working on those skills!) but I think she did an outstanding job ^_^

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Just got my book on Friday and absolutely love it. Great recipes, instructions, pictures, etc. Really like the multiple adaptations provided. And bravo on the clear measurement info. Wow, I really think I can start doing this (bento vs. "thrown-together"). Actually, forget lunches - I want to use most of these for dinners as well.

Ditto on "when's the next one??" (but trust you'll take some well-deserved time off first! :-) )

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Just wanted to say I received my book and I love it!!!!! Just beautiful, great recipes, etc. etc....Wonderful!!!

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Hi, Maki, how are you?
Do you think your book about bentos will ever be translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil?
'cause my Mom can't read English...
Thank you very much
Erika

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I'm afraid I can't say if, or when, the book will be translated into other languages...I hope it will be!

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Hi Maki:
THE Just Bento Cookbook today arrived in my mail today. I ordered it from The Book Depository http://www.bookdepository.com/
You might want to add them to your list of places to order it. They have free delivery!
And, Oh!Yes!! It's magnificent! The book, I mean! Thanks. Tonight Rice, Tomorrow Bento.
Gilda

Re: Update about the Just Bento Cookbook

Hi Gilda, The Book Depository is already on the worldwide sources list here. I'm glad you like the book! ^_^

Re: Update about the Just Bento Cookbook

Amazon.ca notified me yesterday that my copy is on the way. I'm so excited!!!

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