Featured Food Blogger: Namiko Chen

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with great food, and the good things that happen when East meets West. That’s why we’re introducing a new segment on our blog that showcases the work of talented food bloggers who are as passionate as we are about the authentic flavours of Japan.


In this first instalment, we’d like to introduce you to Namiko Chen, the author, cook and photographer behind justonecookbook.com, a food blog with over four hundred easy Japanese recipes, step-by-step photos, clear instructions, and video tutorials.

Namiko, best known as “Nami”, was born and raised in Japan and now lives in San Francisco, where she loves to spend her free time enjoying nature, dining out, and spending time with her family.

Her Japanese heritage played a pivotal role in the launch of her blog, which was born in January 2011 from Nami’s desire to record her family’s recipes, as well as her own, for her children.

Peruse the blog’s stunning pages, with its succulent recipes and mouthwatering photography, and you’ll immediately understand why it boasts a steady 1.8 million page views each month.


Like most busy parents today, Nami finds it challenging to strike the right balance between her family life and work responsibilities.

But blogging has provided rich rewards for Nami, who loves introducing her readers from around the world to new Japanese recipes.

Communicating regularly with these followers inspires the food blogger, but responding to their questions is more than just a pleasure for Nami. It’s one of the reasons behind the huge success of her blog.

We asked Nami if she would answer a few questions for us about her blog, and we are delighted to say that she obliged.

No, I didn’t. But I knew there weren’t too many Japanese recipe blogs written in English.
Write good and quality content and keep it consistent.
No, I wish I had more time so that I can share all the things that I want to share…
Planning ahead of time, usually 2-4 weeks ahead.
Readers, eating out, going back to Japan, etc.

Healthy Recipes on
Just One Cookbook

Sushi Recipes on
Just One Cookbook

Try to style the food before cooking based on the food that I’m sharing and try to be different (but not always successful). I’m at the point where I need to challenge myself to tell a story through pictures… I’m struggling big time.
Very complicated baking recipes
Stir fry, simmering, braising… stovetop cooking.
Donburi (rice bowl) recipes
Nigiri sushi
Being in the nature and shopping in Japanese pottery shops.

In the future, Nami expects the majority of food blogs to be video based. She herself has plans to introduce more video on JustOneCookbook.com, which she intends to update more frequently.

If you want to make sure not to miss any of these updates, you can subscribe to Nami’s blog, and receive her new recipes right in your inbox.

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