Konnichiwa! Welcome to Just One Cookbook
On the site you will find recipes for many of the most popular Japanese dishes, as well as a number of traditional Japanese recipes that you can explore.
To help you on your Japanese cooking journey, each recipe has a detailed description and step-by-step instructions with pictures. Many recipes also include a video tutorial, so you can watch the entire process before you get started.
How It All Started
Just One Cookbook (JOC) was created by Namiko Chen (Nami) in 2011 as a blog to keep track of her recipes and to share them with her friends who wanted to learn Japanese cooking.
The name Just One Cookbook came from her passion to create just one cookbook of her favorite family recipes, so she could pass them on to her children one day. She always believed having good food on the table brought family closer together.
Nami learned cooking at a young age from her mother who prepared home cooked meals daily. She was in the kitchen with her mom almost every evening, learning how to prepare ingredients and master techniques specific to each dish. As was custom for her generation, Nami’s mother cooked from instinct and heart – never writing recipes down. But Nami wanted to share her delicious recipes with family, friends, and everyone curious about Japanese cooking, so she has recreated many of those same dishes here in detail for you to try at home.
Just One Cookbook has been nominated as a finalist for 2017 SAVEUR Blog Awards in Best Food Video category.
Meet Namiko Chen (Nami)
Nami was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan and came to California as a foreign student when she was 20 years old. She loved studying geography and geology and worked at a digital map company where she met her Taiwanese-American husband (Mr. JOC). All the recipes found on this site have been created and photographed by her.
Meet Mr. JOC
Mr. JOC has been working on Just One Cookbook with Nami since day 1, serving as photographer, editor, IT technician, accountant, travel coordinator, and films all of their YouTube videos. Mr. JOC works on filming and shooting the recipes with Nami on weekends and edits the food videos at night after his day job. With their love for trying and creating delicious recipes, Just One Cookbook was the perfect project for Nami and Mr. JOC to collaborate on.
Nami & Family Photos (2014) by John Hall Portraits.
Nami and Mr. JOC reside in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with their children Enzo (11) and Shiori (9). The family enjoys eating good food, hiking and skiing (our new favorite activity), and traveling to new places in the US and around the world.
Meet the Team
Reese – Marketing Manager & Contributing Writer on All Things Japanese
Originally from Penang, Malaysia, Reese lives in Minnesota with her husband and their 8 month old boy. She previously ran an Asian spice shop, and also worked on UNESCO Heritage projects in Penang in the areas of performing arts, history, and arts education. Reese loves spending time with her family, dancing, listening to podcasts, and reading up on art & design. And of course dreaming of another trip to Japan to hike mountain trails, eat her favorite street food Okonomiyaki, and discover small town festivals.
Kayoko – Social Media Manager & Contributing Writer on Washoku 101
Kayoko happily grew up in the urban jungle of Tokyo and in the middle of nowhere East Coast, U.S. After a brief stint as a gelato scooper and a slightly longer employment at an IT company, she decided to drop her cushy job to enroll in culinary school. When she is not busy cutting her fingers or burning her hand, she manages the JOC social media outlets so that JOC fans get their daily dose of delicious recipes and photos. Kayoko resides in Tokyo with her husband, a penguin pillow, and many half-dead plants.
Richard – Social Media Video Editor
Richard Shirk is an Oakland based filmmaker, producer, editor, colorist, and music industry professional. His previous work can be seen in feature films such as ‘Coraline’ and PBS series ‘Food Forward’ and can be heard on both classical and college radios across the country. He enjoys riding bicycles, good food, and spending time with his wife and two cats.
Julia – Pinterest Manager
Julia is a Los Angeles native, currently residing in the Bay Area. She grew up eating Japanese food and her favorites include korroke, curry rice, and even natto! Her hobbies include traveling to new places with her husband, watching cat videos on YouTube, and hiking.
Naomi – Photo Shoot Assistant
Growing up on an island near Osaka, Naomi experienced firsthand the integral connection of the sea to Japanese cooking. She would join her mother and grandmother to gather seaweed at the beach, and then over the following weeks, help in the drying process until the seaweed was ready for the kitchen and into a variety of Japanese dishes. Her childhood of observing her family’s enjoyment of cooking-from-scratch gave her a strong affection for healthy cooking and traditional Japanese cuisine. She carried that experience and knowledge to her current home in the San Francisco Bay area, where in addition to cooking, she loves photography, travel, and dancing.
Emily (Web Designer) & Greg (Developer)
eBook: ‘Just One Cookbook – Essential Japanese Recipes’
In early December 2013, Nami published her first eBook, Just One Cookbook – Essential Japanese Recipes.
We are offering this eBook for just $9!
We selected 33 most popular, easy and simple recipes 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 (see update). The rest of proceeds will go towards maintaining all of the free content on JustOneCookbook.com.
To read more about the eBook, please click here.
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