About Just Hungry

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Hi everyone. My name is Makiko Itoh, or Maki for short.

If you are new here, welcome! Just Hungry is a food blog, established in 2003. It has been featured numerous times by the press including the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Epicurious, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, The Japan Times, Cooking Light and Food and Wine, and much more. We’re also honored to be included on the blogroll of the New York Times Diner’s Journal blog.

Just Hungry started out in 2003 as a place for me to write about my food obsessions. I am Japanese, born in Tokyo, but have led a very nomadic existence since childhood. I’ve lived so far in Japan (three places), England (three places), the U.S. twice (a total of 6 places), Switzerland, and now France. I am also a recent cancer patient, now in remission. This is reflected in what I write about here.

My primary focus on Just Hungry is Japanese food and home cooking. As a Japanese person living abroad, I do miss the cuisine I grew up with a lot, and that is what I mostly cook at home regardless of where I live. I try to always present recipes and methods for people who do not live in Japan, and may not be familiar with Japanese cooking or have access to a wide selection of Japanese ingredients. I know through experience that it’s not always easy to cook Japanese food outside of Japan, but my recipes are authentically Japanese enough to satisfy my harshest critic - me!

Other things I write about on occasion include:

  • The food life of an expatriate - living away from ones home country and dealing with sourcing food and food-homesickness. This includes trying to replicate some recipes from my second home country, America - specifically the food of New York City.
  • The cuisine of my current countries of residence, France and Switzerland, and neighboring countries.
  • Healthy and casually ethical eating and cooking.
  • Food-oriented travel, wherever my wandering feet take me.
  • Various food and nutrition issues.

Just Hungry’s sister site is Just Bento, a site dedicated to (o) bento lunch recipes and how-tos. The Just Bento Cookbook, published in December 2010, is now in its 7th printing.


Your best bet to get my full attention is to either leave a comment on a relevant article.

Otherwise, please go to the Contact page.

Advertising, promotion, product and restaurant reviews

For all advertising and promotional enquiries, including requests for product reviews and link backs, please consult the advertising and promotion policies page.

All contents of Justhungry.com and Justbento.com, excluding comments written by others, are © Makiko Itoh, unless stated explicitly otherwise. All rights reserved. You may not republish the contents on either site without the express written permission of Makiko Itoh.

Please do not copy the recipes, photographs or any other contents without 1) linking back to the original recipe, and 2) giving the proper credit to Just Hungry. I know that recipes are always there to be used and adapted, but please have the basic courtesy to acknowledge the source. Adapting a recipe is fine, but copying a recipe verbatim is not. (Not only does it violate my copyright, it’s lazy and rude too. Don’t be That Guy/Girl.)

Please do not use any photographs without first asking permission, even if it’s for non-profit purposes.

Please do not use my recipes or other content in any electronic or non-electronic publication, regardless of whether it’s for a non-profit or for-profit purpose, without obtaining my express written permission first. Please use the contact form to contact me about your project.

Students: If you wish to use an image or other content on this site for your non-commercial classwork, you do not have to ask permission, but you must give credit to this site and the author, in this format: “Source: Makiko Itoh, justhungry.com”.

You may not use the contents of this site within a frameset or iframe housed on another site without the express written permission of the copyright holder.



Unless a source is stated, the recipes are my creation, or else are traditional recipes with no traceable source.

I try to give very clear instructions, and test each recipe several times before posting it publicly. However, since following a recipe can depend on many things such as access to ingredients (and their quality) the skill of the cook, and whether he or she actually followed the recipe! I can’t guarantee that your results will be to your taste, nor can I promise you good results, though I can say that if you do follow the recipe closely your chances are better.

Health and nutrition information

Since I am interested in the subject of healthy eating, I do occasionally insert some health and nutrition information in my posts. However, please keep in mind that I am not a health professional. I am just an interested lay person who seeks to educate herself on such matters as much as possible.

In a similar vein, I have a very low tolerance for dubious health or nutrition claims that are not backed up by reliable sources and/or sound scientific studies. Please do not try to use the commenting feature of this site as your platform for spreading your pet nutritional theory. Your comments in that vein will be deleted and you’ll be banned from the site.

(Please check out this post for my general thoughts on health and medical information on the internet.)

Technical information

Justhungry.com and Justbento.com run on Drupal, an open source content management system.

Privacy policy

Some cookies are set by Just Hungry and/or Just Bento in order to track site usage, logged in status, and so on, as well as statistics for our in-house private banner ads. We do not, and never will, store any of your private information in this manner.

Some of our ads are served by third parties including Blogher Ads and Google, which may store information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in cookies in order to provide advertisements about goods and services you may be interested in (the DART cookie). If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by Google, please visit this page: Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Email addresses: We do require a valid email address when you leave a comment or register on the Just Hungry or Just Bento sites. (Registration is mandatory to participate in the forums.) We require this to 1) prevent spammers and other annoyances, and 2) have a way to contact you (for password retrieval, etc.) We will never share your email address with any other party. We hate spam and unsolicited advertising more than you can imagine.

Comment policy

  • Please keep your comments polite and on-topic.
  • There is a zero tolerency policy in effect for all spam.
  • It’s fine to disagree with the me or another commenter in a civil manner, but it is not fine to be rude, insulting, aggressive or just plain stupid. Don’t write anything that you wouldn’t say to someone in person, in their house.

Any comments that violate these policies will be deleted, at the sole discretion of the site administrators. Registered members who violate these terms will be deleted and banned from all Just Hungry/Just Bento related sites.

In other words, don’t be That Guy or Girl.

Where else to find Maki

I am on Twitter at @justbento where I tweet JustBento and JustHungry site related things only, and @makiwi, where I tweet about many different topics, not just food.

Don’t forget to check out our sister site Just Bento, all about bentos!

The Just Bento-Just Hungry Facebook Page.

The Just Bento Cookbook is now going into its 7th printing (as of March 2013). Look for it at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore!

My personal blog is makikoitoh.com. (Updated very sporadically.)

I write a monthly column for The Japan Times titled The Japanese Kitchen. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/int-makiko_itoh/. I’ve also written for several other publications.

The ever evolving FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

I’ve moved the FAQ to their own page.

(Last updated May 2013.)

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