About Just One Cookbook
Hello and welcome to Just One Cookbook! My name is Nami and I am the author/cook/photographer behind Just One Cookbook.
I started this blog in January 2011 as a way to record my recipes. The name Just One Cookbook came from my passion to make just one cookbook of the family recipes so that I can save all the recipes my family enjoys in one area and one day I want to pass this on to my children.
If you are a first time visitor, please browse Recipe Index to see what kind of food and recipes are on Just One Cookbook. The majority of the recipes are Japanese but I do include other variety of recipes that my family enjoys.
I hope you will enjoy trying out my recipes and I would appreciate any comments and feedback you may have.
Profile Photo & Family Photo by John Hall Portraits.
I was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan and now live in the SF Bay Area with my wonderful Taiwanese American husband (Mr. JOC), our 7 year old son, and our 5 year old daughter.
I learned cooking from my mom at a young age. She cooked for us every night and I still get very excited when I visit my home in Japan because I can eat her delicious meals. Now that I have kids, I wish to do the same for my own family. Having good food on the table always brings family together and easily invites conversation. As a mom, wife, and friend, I hope to create a cozy home atmosphere for my family and friends.
Organizing my recipes in this website is going to be my lifelong project and I hope to share the joy with you. Thanks for your kind support!
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About My eBook
In early December 2013, I published my first eBook, Just One Cookbook – Essential Japanese Recipes.
We are offering this eCookbook for just $9!
I’ve selected 33 easy and simple recipes that my family, JOC readers, and I love most from Just One Cookbook. This cookbook has over 90 pages of recipes and instructions for appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, rice & noodles, and dessert, which include 12 pages of Japanese cooking basics and pantry items.
20% of proceeds will go to charity. Every month I will pick a charity to donate. For December 2013, the charity is Samaritan’s Purse (International Relief) to support the typhoon recovery in the Philippines. The rest of proceeds will go towards maintaining all of the free content on JustOneCookbook.com.
To read more about my eBook, please click here.
About My Photography
All the photos on Just One Cookbook were taken by me unless it’s mentioned otherwise. Mr. JOC does the reviews (restaurants, products, random things) and he takes the pictures for his special posts.
Since January 2012, we have been using a Canon 7D and added Canon 5D Mark III in October 2012. We use 7D for step-by-step pictures and 5D Mark III for final pictures and recording our YouTube videos.
Our other lenses include:
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens
- Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens
- Canon EF100mm f/2.8L macro lens
- Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
- Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro
I love using natural light, however I also use studio light when it’s too dark to take pictures.
After my photo shoot, my husband helps me edit the photos by using Lightroom 4. Please read more about Food Photography HERE.
About Japanese Ingredients
If you see any ingredients that you are not familiar with in the recipe, please go to Pantry page. When you click on an item name, you can see the detailed picture of the item. As long as price is not too outrageous, I choose to buy condiments and ingredients that are imported from Japan because I’m familiar with the quality and taste (feel free to substitute). If you have any question about the ingredients or condiments, please email me or leave a comment below the post so I will respond and others can benefit as well.
My recipes use US measuring cup (1 cup = 240ml) instead of Japanese measuring cup (1 cup = 200ml). Please also note that when you cook Japanese rice, the measurement for 1 cup (1 gō) is 180ml.
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