Easy Japanese Cooking: Bento Love features a collection of more than 60 mouth-watering, easy-to-make recipes designed to go. There are also columns on "Spices, Seasoning and Tupperware for Making Bento," "Bento I've Eaten," and "White Rice Is Good." Categories and recipes include:
One Day, I'll Reach My Dreams Meat Bento:
Beef Steak / Heavy Steak / Pork Cutlet / Salt Flavored Chicken
First off, Heating Up the Meat Side Dishes:
Pork and Cabbage / Spicy Pork / Szechwan Pork / Meat and Peppers in Oyster Sauce / Sweet and Spicy Meat and Shiitake Mushrooms / Meat with Sesame Seed Seasoning / Meat and Broccoli / Chicken and Cashew Nuts / Chicken and Eggplant
Completely Satisfied, Lots of Fish!:
Capelin Fry / Fish and Chips / Pacific Saury Fry
Hamburger / Tatar Sauce and Fish / Sausage and Avocado
Satisfaction Using Leftovers:
Croquette and Meat / Savory Chicken / Meat Balls / Stewed Vegetables / Crispy Chinese Dumplings
Main Dish in Big Volumes!:
Spaghetti / Spinach and Pork Stir-fry / Egg, Chicken and String beans / Caviar and Rice / Stir-fry / Salmon over Rice
Lots of Vegetables Hidden Inside:
Cabbage and Ground Pork Cutlet / Veggie Burger / Vegetable Spring Roll / Vegetables and Fried Oysters
Boiled Dishes to Add-On:
Peppers in Oyster Sauce / Peppers in Sesame Sauce / Miniature Shrimp and Pods / Sweetened Spinach / Sausage and Spinach / Sweet Potato and Honey / Potatoes and Cheese / Potato, Ham and Cheese / Sesame Butter Potatoes / Broccoli and Ham /
Asparagus and Bacon / Spicy Carrots / Tasty Cabbage / Chinese Chicken / Pickled Plum Flavored Chicken and Cucumber
About the Author
Born in Tokyo in 1972, Kentaro Kobayashi studied art in school, and after Musashino Art School, he started working as an illustrator. His mother--cooking personality and award-winning cookbook author, Katsuyo Kobayashi--is known by millions in Japan for her TV show, Today's Cooking, and not only challenged, but also proved victorious against Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi in 1994, handily vanquishing him in the "Potato Battle" episode of IronChef, one of the few female chefs to ever win in Kitchen Stadium.
No surprise that Kentaro turned his attention to cooking. Like his mom, he is known for creating fun, easy-to-make recipes--albeit with a more Western flavor--and also has appeared on television, magazines, and radio, becoming popular with the motto "Nice and easy, practical food with style." He is known to have revolutionized Japanese conceptions of good eating. His best-selling cookbooks are all about transforming convenience-store products
into attractive hot meals.
He frequently incorporates his artistic training working as a chef and illustrator for magazines and book stores, creating logos, and has co-authored works with his mother. To date, Kentaro has authored or co-authored more than 15 cookbooks.