We have been cooking with this cookbook for almost 10 years now. Ours is tattered and spilt on, but that it because we love it so so much.
Makiko Itoh is not only one of the worlds leading authorites on bento, but she is a fabulous cook. Her recipes remind of us the best what our host mothers or local restaurants in Japan served us. In general the recipes nutritious, healthy, delicious and gives us great comfort.
You not need to make bento to love this cookbook. We cook from it and serve recipes for dinner. But if you are interested in making/bringing your lunch, Just Bento has great great plans and tips how to do. I am not exaggerating. It is a super practical, delicious book.
5 gigantic stars!!!