The Just Bento Cookbook is one of the top 10 cookbooks of 2011 on Amazon.com

I have already tweeted and er, Facebooked (is that a word?) about this, but I got a nudge from a certain quarter to put it right here too. So here it is, tooting my own horn ^_^: The Just Bento Cookbook was selected by Amazon.com as one of the top 10 books in the Cooking, Food and Wine category in 2011 (so far)! I am in very good company there, with books with way bigger marketing budgets and stuff, so this is a really big honor.

But even more than that, I’m really happy that the book has been granted space on the cookbook shelves of so many of you! Every email or message I get about it really thrills me. Thank you, Amazon.com editors, and thank you, everyone who’s bought the book! Arigatou!

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omedetou! :)

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Congratulations, Maki! The Just Bento Cookbook is beautiful, the recipes very accurate and practical and it has truly improved my routine. I love it!

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That's great! I've requested for your book to be bought by my library later on so that I can take a peek at it. I already know that it's excellent. ^^

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Congratulations Maki!

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Congratulations!!!

When your book came out, I hadn't been eating animal products for a few years, and wasn't sure I'd get much use out of it... but I ordered it anyway! (And now that I'm back to omnivorism, your cookbook gets proper use in my kitchen. :)

I was never able to prepare perfect Japanese rice until I followed your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

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congratulations, maki! i love your cookbook & this is well-deserved!!

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Of course everyone LOVES the book. You did a very good job on it and it has information everyone can use. THANK YOU for making it! And - am sure that many people look forward to more books in the future.............Bento II?????? Have a great day Maki! And - take time to celebrate!!!

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That is because the shoppers of Amazon quickly realized what we have know for years: You are awesome. (Also, bentos are awesome, too.)

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Congratulations, Maki! It is a well-deserved honor. I love your book and I'm happily buying copies for friends who, like me, have to produce wholesome lunches for kids and spouses every day. You're helping us make that chore more creative and fun, and our lunches are certainly healthier and more attractive. Thank you for your work!

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I'm not surprised at all! I've been a lurker on the site for a long time, but I just bought the book and a lunchbot bento about a month ago and I've brought bentos to work with me every day since I recieved it!

The recipes that I've used from it have all turned out just as they look in the book (which from my experience with cook books is pretty rare) and have been delicious. I love the variations and ease of cooking as well as the tips for how to make things ahead. I've recommended it to several people that I know who want to change the way they do lunch, and I think that most others who own the book will do the same. you don't need a huge advertising budget when you have excellent word of mouth!

Congratulations!

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Congratulations! I love your cookbook and have been "evangelising" about it and your website to everyone I know. I also want to thank you personally - I have had type 2 diabetes and was struggling to control my blood glucose -- since I have started making and taking a bento to work everyday (and having the tidbits left over for breakfast) I have brought my H1c down from 7.3 to 6.3 -- and I too am cooking my (brown) rice according to your directions. Thank you so much for making such an important and engaging difference in my life and health!

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Honestly, not a surprise. Your book is one of the most well written, well designed, well thought out cookbooks, let alone bento books I've ever read. I love visuals and it always frustrated me to read cookbooks with amazing recipes but no pictures as a guideline. Your recipes were easy, delicious, and nutritious.

Congrats!!! Hoping that one day, you'll write another cookbook. :)

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Congratulations! My elbow is resting on my copy (;

I was at work the other day, eating my bento when I realized I was eating a home packed, proper meal. I felt so satisfied for not even three dollars worth of food! The power of appealing to my inner child and avid foodnetwork with apple bunnies and a nicely arranged donburi style bento has successfully kept my urge to go out to any of the 20 or so restaurants in the area at bay.

One hefty chicken breast has given me 5 bentos worth of protein, which comes to 72 cents a day for my main attraction. All I have to do is flip through the book or search on your blog and I have a new way to prepare it and it's never boring!

Huge thanks for making such wonderful resources available. (:

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Congratulations !
This is in my opinion a well-deserved ranking, your cookbook is one of the few that never go back to the shelf, since I use it all the time :) I check it all the time for inspiration, for bento and non-bento meals. I really love the variations on the main recipe you give, they are so useful!

Hope there's a new book soon :)

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Congrats! I love the book and the site. What I love is how practical your recipes and advice are...I'm not a very good cook so complicated or exotic recipes never turn out right, but everything I have made from your recipes is delicious. Also I'm glad to have finally found an authentic, easy to make, good tasting teriyaki recipe. Keep up the wonderful job!!!

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I'm late to the party here, but I just wanted to stop by and say congratulations, too. That's really awesome! <3

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Congratulations! (But you shouldn't be surprised, your cookbook is great :))

Nadja from Austria - who preordered your book and received two copies because she forgot that she had already preordered and payed it once, but had to buy it a second time because she couldn't wait...

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