Category Archives: Books + Magazines

Giveaway Winner!

Just a quick hello to say thank you to everyone who bought Humble Bean’s second recipe booklet. I’ve enjoyed mailing these out to you every week and hope you get cooking! Also, congratulations to Akina for winning the random giveaway—your care package of Japanese goodies will be in the mail this week! There are still [...]

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Recipe Booklet 2 and Giveaway!

After successfully selling out of Humble Bean’s first recipe booklet, I’m excited to announce a new collection of recipes, just in time for the holidays. The new booklet features some my favorite recipes from the past year as well as new ones you won’t find on this site. I’ve made every effort to create a [...]

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The Year Was 1973

I found this gem at my mom’s house. It’s a 1973 issue of a magazine called 秋のおかず • 基本と秘訣 (Fall Side Dishes • Basics and Tips). 1973 is the year after my mom and dad married, here in California. Without the presence of their parents at the wedding, they flew back to Japan to formally [...]

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Aroma Magazine: Tonyu Nabe

While there’s still a lingering chill, how about making nabe? It’s one of my favorite foods, especially when it’s cold out and you need a little soul-warming sustenance. In case you aren’t familiar with nabe (short for nabemono), it’s a Japanese hot pot. Cooked in a variety of ways, I began tinkering with tonyu nabe [...]

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Recipe Booklet for Sale!

So much is going on in the world. The earthquake in Japan feels like a distant memory, even though peoples lives haven’t yet returned to normal. Inspired by all the ways people were raising funds for disaster relief (a great group of posts can be seen at Spoon & Tamago), I decided to design a [...]

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