Just Bento is owned and published by me, Makiko Itoh. I am a Japanese woman, born in Tokyo, and currently dividing my time between Japan and Provence, France…which sounds way more glamorous than it is. (I have family in Japan, my husband’s Swiss, and we have really run down house in France that we call “le money pit” ^_^;) That’s me in the photo on the left at age 3, absorbed in a cookbook no doubt. Besides Japan and France, I’ve also lived in Switzerland, the UK and the US (mostly in the New York City area) for extended periods.I am totally fluent in Japanese and English, and get along in French…and I can understand Swiss-German at least. While I’m passionate about promoting Japanese cooking and culture, I’m also interested in plain, simple, delicious and easy ways to prepare food.
JustBento is dedicated to the subject of healthy, simple bento lunches, some traditionally Japanese, some not so traditional. The focus is on bentos for health and weight-conscious adults, but many of the recipes and methods are applicable to bentos for all ages. The site was established in October 2007, and has rapidly grown to become top resource in English for people interested in bento or obento (お弁当.
JustBento is the sister site of Just Hungry, perhaps the best known Japanese recipe blog on the internet. There’s a lot more about me on the About page there if you are interested. (日本語のプロフィールは こちらです - Japanese profile.)
If you’re new to the site, you may want to start here: How JustBento is organized, and finding your way around.
I am the author of The Just Bento Cookbook, published in 2010 (early 2011 in the U.S.) by Kodansha International, and now published by Kodansha USA. It is entering its 7th printing (as of March 2013), and is available worldwide. More about The Just Bento Cookbook.
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