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Michelin Can Keep Its Stars, This Is Way Cooler: William Pesek

Michelin just added to its roster of three-star eateries in Tokyo. More insights can be gleaned at the other end of Japan’s food scene: the bento.

Rather than go the posh route last week, I met with Makiko Itoh, the popular blogger who boasts more than 360,000 daily readers worldwide. Her new “Just Bento Cookbook” is aimed at aficionados of home-packed meals common in Japan. Its release dovetails with an explosion of interest in Japanese culture and hints at an underappreciated recipe for ending deflation.