About Just One Cookbook
Hello and welcome to Just One Cookbook! My name is Namiko Chen (everyone calls me Nami). 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.
If you have questions, check out Frequently Asked Questions page to see if your question has been answered.
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.
About Nami, Founder of Just One Cookbook
I was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan and now live in the SF Bay Area with my Taiwanese American husband (Mr. JOC), our 9 year old son and 7 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 (see update). 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.
From May 2014, we added a Canon 70D to our collection. The reason for doing so is we use 2 cameras to record video while using the 3rd one to take step by step pictures.
From August 2014, we added a 2nd Canon 70D to further improve our videos. The Canon 70D is the first DSLR from Canon that auto-focuses by itself during video mode to the focus point.
Our other lenses include:
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Lens
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens
- Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens
- Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro Lens
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
- Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
I love using natural light, however I also use studio light when it’s too dark to take pictures.
About My Videos
We started our YouTube Channel in September 2013. All the videos on Just One Cookbook were filmed and edited by Mr. JOC. Doing videos is quite tricky, there aren’t many books that help you get started vs. photography. We find the best resource for learning how to make video are tutorials from individuals, such as Learning DLSR Video and YouTube Channels.
Camera & Video Software:
We use 2 cameras (Canon 70D) to capture most of our video work. We highly recommend using Canon STM lenses to eliminate auto-focus noise and lenses capable of low apertures to give the video a film look. First year Mr. JOC used PowerDirector to edit and produced them. He’s currently using Adobe Premier to edit our videos.
Lighting and other Equipments:
All the videos are recorded in our kitchen using Cool Lights for lighting. Based on our research they are similar to Kino Flo but much cheaper and just as good. We never actually compared the footage shot with Cool Lights vs. Kino Flo. Other equipment we highly recommend is a sturdy tripod like Manfrotto 028B and a tripod head that allow you to pan and tilt smoothly.
Lastly, you can get really creative with your video with a slider. One of the best budget slider on the market is by Konova, search for tutorials on Youtube.
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