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Bento for Beginners: 60 Recipes for Easy Bento Box Lunches (Paperback)
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Discover how easy it is to make bento box lunches at home with these 60 simple recipes
Bento for Beginners is the perfect introduction to bento box lunches featuring creative recipes and helpful tips for getting started. This bento box cookbook is filled with easy-to-follow recipes and everything you need to create a bento-ready kitchen, including the best type of bento box to purchase, ingredients to keep on hand, and how to plan for the week ahead.
From Japanese classics to simple fusion and Western-inspired bento boxes, you’ll be eating variety-filled, home-cooked lunches in no time, with:
- All the tips, tools, and ingredients you’ll needto get into a regular bento routine.
- Step-by-step instructions for each recipe in a box,including a Timing and Prep guide that helps you plan ahead.
- Delicious recipes and bento menu suggestions,including crispy Japanese-Style Fried Chicken and sweet-and-savory Pan-Fried Potato and Carrot, and Rice Croquettes with juicy Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs with a crunchy Celery and Apple Salad.
Make bento part of your lunch routine with Bento for Beginners!
About the Author
CHIKA RAVITCH grew up near Osaka, Japan, and after moving to the United States, created Japanese-Food.org—your home for homemade Japanese food—to share her tips on making traditional, healthy Japanese food using familiar ingredients. She is also the author of Bento for Beginners.
“This book teaches you basic Japanese bento (lunch box) recipes using ingredients you can easily find in the United States. Each recipe is simple (but delicious) and teaches you how to season the food to make each ingredient stand out. The colorful vegetables have a great look and provide nutritional balance. When I was a child, I loved the moment when I opened my lunch box. I always felt my mother's affection in every beautiful and delicious detail.”—Hitomi Takeuchi, food protection manager California, founder of Coloridoh LLC (coloridoh.com)
“I own many Japanese cookbooks—including some from my favorite Japanese chefs—but I find them to be a little intimidating. I also own a collection of bento boxes that, until I read this book, I never used! What I enjoy most about Chika Ravitch's book are the simple instructions that don’t compromise the taste and sophistication of the dishes. She makes cooking Japanese food very accessible for beginners and experienced chefs alike.” —Andy Burstein, nutritionist
“Always looking for ways to eat healthier without expending too much time in the kitchen. Bento for Beginners was the perfect book for helping achieve this goal. In addition to the great recipes it was very helpful to learn how to improve storage life and tricks to making larger quantities (saving time in the long run).” —Barbara W.