News about The Just Bento Cookbook, and no I'm not abandoning Japanese food!

As if the excitement, or stress, depending on how you look at it, of the move to France and the new/old house wasn't enough, on Monday I got word from my publisher that my bento cookbook was sent off to the printers finally! I have lots more news about it over on Just Bento, in case you don't follow things over there.

Someone asked me after yesterday's post if my move to Provence meant "the end of my Japanese food adventures". Absolutely not! Wherever I move - and I've been a nomad all my life - I'll always be Japanese, and Japanese food will always be my "home" culinarically. I actually think that Provençal cooking and Japanese cooking have a lot in common - both are based on fresh ingredients, prepared quite simply to bring out the best in those ingredients rather than masking their flavors. Provençal cooking is not at all over-sauced or over-spiced for instance, and neither is most Japanese cooking.

But as I said already in yesterday's post, I do plan to make much more frequent trips to Japan now too. So Japanese food (and Japanese travel/commentary/etc.) fans, don't worry! There's much more for you to come here.

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