Bento

Time For Making Your Own Bento

Panda BentoOh! My God! It is so cute! That’s what many people think when they see a picture of bento box. It is true that some of them can be very cute,  but bento is not a piece of decoration, it is part of Japanese people’s life. People who bring lunch box to school or work because they can pack what they want to eat or it is more economical and healthy.

Bento has gained its popularity across the US due to the increasing interest aroused by Japanese anime, manga, or visit to Japan. Is there a lot of differences in lunch box between Japanese and American. Of course the content of the food is not the same, but lunch box normally contains food you want to take it with you. What makes them appear to look very different is packaging. In order to make your lunch box look as cute and tasty as Japanese bento, you need the tools such as bento box, bento cup, bento pick, sauce bottle, face bento decoration, rice mold & cutter, onigiri maker or sandwich maker.

You may think it’s not easy to use the bento maker since the package is in Japanese. Please don’t panic. Normally there are pictures to show you how to use the product. I usually try to search for a video to show you how to use it. Here is the video for using the onigiri maker.

However if you are a big fan of Japanese food and you don’t know how to prepare a bento box, you are probably thinking it looks too complex to do it yourself. Don’t worry! You just need someone to show you how.

Makiko Itoh can teach you how. She is a leading light in the popularization of bento. Her blog, Just Bento, has nearly 160,000 subscribers in the U.S. alone, all of whom love her delicious recipes and practical bento-making tips.

Now, for the first time, Itoh’s expertise has been packaged in book form. The Just Bento Cookbook contains 25 attractive bento menus and more than 150 recipes, all of which have been specially created for this book and are divided into two main sections, Japanese and Not-so-Japanese. The Japanese section includes classic bento menus such as Salted Salmon Bento and Chicken Karaage Bento, while the Not-so-Japanese section shows how Western food can be adapted to the bento concept, with delicious menus such as Summer Vegetable Gratin Bento and Everyone Loves a Pie Bento.

In addition to the recipes, Itoh includes sections on bento-making equipment, bento staples to make and stock, basic cooking techniques, and a glossary. A planning-chart section is included, showing readers how they might organize their weekly bento making.

In a market full of bento books that emphasize the cute and the decorative, this book stands out for its emphasis on the health and economic benefits of the bento, and for the very practical guidelines on how to ensure that a daily bento lunch is something that can easily be incorporated into anyone’s lifestyle. This is the perfect book for the bento beginner, but will also provide a wealth of new bento recipe ideas and tips for Just Bento aficionados.

However If you are interested in making yummy and cute bento, Yum-Yum Bento Box by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa can give you some good tips. They have devoted an entire cookbook to these delicious and adorable meals for all ages! Learn how to craft your favorite foods into a variety of shapes—from caterpillars, cars, and puppy dogs to pretty flowers, princesses, and kitty cats.

Yum-Yum Bento Box features chapters on Cuties & Critters, Fairy-Tale Friends, and Special Day Treats, plus a handy shopping guide, easy recipes for mini snacks, general tips and tricks, and so much more. Stop wasting money on pre-packaged lunches—and start making beautiful, healthy bentos!