5th Anniversary Giveway Day 3: The Meandering Path of Just Hungry


The header graphic of the 2nd design of Just Hungry displayed one of these 4 illustrations at random.

As I wrote yesterday, when I started Just Hungry I had no plans at all about the theme of the site, other than it would be about food. I think that you could get away with that back then, when the number of actual food blogs was probably still in the low hundreds.

The focus of this site has evolved in a rather meandering way, and it is now mainly about Japanese home cooking, healthy eating, and the occasional food related travel report. This was as much guided by what site readers seemed to want to read here, as much was what I wanted to write about. In my regular eating life, I don’t just cook and eat Japanese food, and I confess I don’t always eat healthily either! But in general, I’ve found that when I stray from my main themes too much, reader numbers tend to go down. Since I do enjoy writing about the themes that people seem to like reading, that’s really fine with me.

Nowadays there are probably thousands of blogs dedicated to food, and if you are starting a new food blog and want to built up a reader base, you probably want to focus on something specific that would garner attention. Indeed I think the reason why Just Bento has grown much faster than Just Hungry did in its early years is that the focus is much narrower. (The traffic numbers for Just Hungry are still nearly 2 times that of Just Bento on average, but Just Bento has more RSS feed readers already.) Two of the most successful food blogs out there that I admire greatly and were in existence when Just Hungry started out, Simply Recipes and Chocolate & Zucchini, have always been quite focused, which I think accounts for their popularity to a great extent.

Still, I am quite happy to have Just Hungry remain quite general in its focus, because it gives me the freedom to go off on a tangent if I want to. It’s an outlet for me as much as anything else. For instance, I stopped doing detailed episode recaps of Top Chef after seasons 1 and 2, when I realized that the recap posts were attracting the wrong kind of attention (as in, a disproportionate share of trolls). I was quite put off talking much about food-related TV shows after that. But when I found a show I really enjoyed recently on BBC, Supersize Me, I felt like doing detailed recaps again and quite enjoyed them - and this time, perhaps because it was about food history, not a reality show, they didn’t attract trolldom! And while I may write mostly about Japanese food or good-for-you food, I can occasionally bust out and write about something loaded with, say, butter and bacon. (I’m thinking bacon-chocolate-chip-cookies, what do you think?) That’s the beauty of having your very own stage, or blog, to shout from.

And now, today’s giveaway!

Just Hungry 5th Anniversary Giveaway Item 3: The Way To Cook by Julia Child

Please check the giveaway rules in the first post. Do try to remember to keep it to one comment per item/entry, thanks! (I’ve noticed that sometimes people seem to get impatient and post the same comment twice. I use a spam-preventing tool called Mollom, which sometimes can cause a short delay between the time your comment is entered and the time it appears. So please wait a bit before submitting another comment.) Remember: You need to give me your email address (in the email entry area) where I can contact you if you win, your name (or nickname), and your location (country).


Today’s giveaway is my favorite cookbook by far in English, The Way To Cook by Julia Child. It’s the one I turn to for recipes that work. As you might expect from the great lady Julia Child, it has lots of standard French recipes, but it also has a lot of great American classics like Boston Baked Beans, New England Boiled Dinner, and more. Published in 1989, it is timeless and classic, with beautiful photographs and clear, easy to follow recipes. (I wrote about my love for this book two years ago, and my feelings about it now are exactly the same.) It’s sure to become a much-loved book in your kitchen too.

Please note this book has standard U.S. measurements in cups, ounces and so on.

DEADLINE: Your comment/entry must be posted before Midnight Greenwich Mean Time on Saturday, December 6th. (You can find out the current GMT by typing in ‘What time is it GMT’ in Google. by the way.)

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for participating! The winner will be announced next week. Check out the front page for the open giveaways you can still enter!

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I adore Julia Child!

I adore Julia Child!

kuzatab | 3 December, 2008 - 19:50

Me too!! And I’ve always

Me too!! And I’ve always wanted this book :)

Location: US

Elizabeth Snook | 4 December, 2008 - 18:50

I adore Julia Child!

I adore Julia Child!

kuzatab | 3 December, 2008 - 19:51

Oops, sorry, not sure what

Oops, sorry, not sure what happened here.

kuzatab | 4 December, 2008 - 02:37

Have you read “Julie and

Have you read “Julie and Julia”? What am I saying, I’m sure you have. Have yet to find “The Art of French Cooking” but I keep looking at thrift stores. I love your posts.
Brook North Carolina, USA

brook | 3 December, 2008 - 19:53


That happend to me on yestarday comments and posted two… sorry!!!
Well this giveaway today I am LOVING :D Just one comment this time :p
Vanessa (Dominican Republic)

Vanessa | 3 December, 2008 - 19:54

Just Hungry 5th Anniversary Giveaway Item 3: The Way To Cook by

I would like to sneak into Mrs. Childs cookbook

Sofie, Germany

Sofie | 3 December, 2008 - 20:37

This book sounds really good

This book sounds really good as a basic recipe book ;D (I am in the USA)

Hana | 3 December, 2008 - 20:38


I love Julia Child (and also Top Chef, I must admit)!

Philadelphia, PA

Bibliothecaria | 3 December, 2008 - 20:41

hooray julia!

(location: US)

I went to the renovated American History Museum this weekend and they had an exhibit about Julia Child’s kitchen… which I think was Julia’s actual kitchen that she designed personally in the later years of her life, or at least a reproduction of it. The part that everyone loved was how she had mounted pegboard all over her walls in order to hang kitchen utensils, pots and pans, etc. Brilliant! And it was so funny to see pictures of Julia in earlier kitchens, namely when she lived in Paris — she towered over this tiny, tiny stove.

Jennifer | 3 December, 2008 - 20:42

Julia Child is an

Julia Child is an inspiration. I always wanted one of her books.

San Antonio, TX

notmarcia | 3 December, 2008 - 20:43

Oh cool, I read Julia

Oh cool, I read Julia Child’s autobiography (as well as Julie and Julia) and loved it! (And I am in the US!)

Truc | 3 December, 2008 - 20:45

Julia Child

This cookbook is fantastic

Romana, Germany

Romana | 3 December, 2008 - 20:55

I like your blog because it

I like your blog because it is about Japanese food from an expat perspective. It’s very hard to get ingredients where I am, even by mail, since the postal system is shady. I like looking at the Japanese cooking magazines online to drool at them but I can’t get half of the vegetables and ingredients they talk about.


Kathleen | 3 December, 2008 - 20:59

Ooh, this is a good one!

Ooh, this is a good one! Ann in Canada

ann | 3 December, 2008 - 21:02


I loved watching Julia Child’s shows on PBS. She was so entertaining! Funny enough, I don’t have any of her cookbooks! Perhaps time to remedy….

-Kayla (UK)

Kopaylopa | 3 December, 2008 - 21:05

The Way To Cook by Julia

The Way To Cook by Julia Child


Great blog.

Monavie | 3 December, 2008 - 21:06

I enjoy your general

I enjoy your general interest posts too, and I actually looked forward to the Supersizers posts (since I can’t watch them here). Keep it up!

Ontario, Canada

Chr | 3 December, 2008 - 21:08

Julia Child Rocks!

She is a great chef and cracks me up with her silly antics at the same time!! I hope I win!

Mert | 3 December, 2008 - 21:10

“if you are starting a new

“if you are starting a new food blog and want to built up a reader base, you probably want to focus on something specific that would garner attention.”

I’m still working on it….

Philly, PA

yoko | 3 December, 2008 - 21:10

Too Generous

Dear Maki,

You really are too generous with your time for the blog and the giveaway. I agree with another commenter on another day, we should be sending you thank you gifts :)

Debbie still in Zürich, Switzerland

Debbie | 3 December, 2008 - 21:11

Julia Child Giveaway

Julia Child Rocks! I would love to own one of her books!

Mert | 3 December, 2008 - 21:13

I used to love watching

I used to love watching Julia Child on PBS (and thanks to you I got ahold of “Supersize Me” and just loved it.

Katrina - New Brunswick Canada

Xani | 3 December, 2008 - 21:15

ooo... pick me!

Love the site - love the cookbook!

:) Dyana, USA

Dyana | 3 December, 2008 - 21:33

i’ve been meaning to buy

i’ve been meaning to buy this since you mentioned it last summer in a post about cookbooks… so i’m in!
it’s really nice the way you managed to have a very focused foodblog and a more general one. i have become an affectionate reader of both, and i appreciate their differencies!

silvia | 3 December, 2008 - 21:40

Ooh, this looks wonderful!

Jaime, from the US.


Jaime | 3 December, 2008 - 21:43

Fond memories

Growing up, I would sit with my grandmother and watch countless reruns of Julia Child, and seeing that book brings it all back. Thank you for the reminder of fond memories and your amazing site which I have been with for years.

Debbie, from North Carolina USA

DebiiChan | 3 December, 2008 - 21:44

United States

Ohh Julia Child!

Kristina | 3 December, 2008 - 21:52

Julia Child too!

Happy Anniversary to Just Hungry too!

Mmmm…. bacon chocolate chip cookies. <3

-Mokona, USA

Mokona | 3 December, 2008 - 21:56

I think people sometimes

I think people sometimes forget about how amazing Julia is/was, and get wrapped up in all sorts of fads and cool new food trends. She really is amazing.

(California, USA)

Tanya | 3 December, 2008 - 22:12

Happy Continued Anniversary Celebration

Oh my goodness, I remember watching Julia Child as a kid on PBS. What a blast from the past. Her cooking was always so awesome - she was capable of very extravagant cooking to scraping the bottom of the fridge and still coming up with something delicious.

Keep on blogging!

Country: U.S.

Ania | 3 December, 2008 - 22:17


That’s a book I’d love to have. I’ve heard really good things about it.

Jencat in the USA

Jencat | 3 December, 2008 - 22:25

The classics! I am way too

The classics! I am way too intimidated by real cooks/chefs, but I would love to own something so biblical.

Lily | 3 December, 2008 - 22:29


I’ve never cooked any of Julia’s recipes, but would love to start now!
Allison, U.S.

Allison | 3 December, 2008 - 22:31

oh what a great prize!

oh what a great prize! i’ve been looking for one of julia’s books to get and if i don’t win, i may just have to add this one to my Christmas list!

livlaugheat from the USA

livlaugheat | 3 December, 2008 - 22:42

I really enjoy both

I really enjoy both JustBento and JustHungry. :-)

Denver, Colorado, United States

Pixirae | 3 December, 2008 - 22:43

Growing up, I remember

Growing up, I remember watching her TV program with my Grandmother. I remember commenting to Nana that Julia could hold her wine well and Nana laughing.

Location: PA, USA

Amy B | 3 December, 2008 - 22:43

When I was very young, my

When I was very young, my older brother used to do Julia Child impressions, even though neither of us really knew who she was. But it was side-splittingly funny. Now that I’m older and cooking all the time, it’s been fun to use her cooking genius with that voice in my head.

New York (USA)

Holly | 3 December, 2008 - 22:52

A classic!

Looks like a great cookbook. Always good to have the classic cooks on hand.

—Lisa, USA

lisa | 3 December, 2008 - 22:56

Yeah Julia!

I too love Julia Child. I have MTAOFC but not The Way to Cook (which sounds a lot more reasonable, based on what you’ve written).

Thanks for a great blog!

Sharon in the United States

Sharon | 3 December, 2008 - 23:05

Emi from CA again :) This

Emi from CA again :) This book sounds awesome.

emi s. | 3 December, 2008 - 23:08

My parents have a copy of

My parents have a copy of this book and I often like to browse it when I am back there for the holidays. It’s a great resource, and a Julia Child recipe has never failed me.

Nick | 3 December, 2008 - 23:10

Julia was a quite a

Julia was a quite a character. So funny and loved to cook. I remember watching her shows and didn’t had any idea who she was (I always missed the intro).

Chely from Puerto Rico

Chely | 3 December, 2008 - 23:17

I adore Julia Child and

I adore Julia Child and surprisingly this is one cookbook I don’t own (I currently have over 85).

-Karmatir from Iowa, USA

Karmatir | 3 December, 2008 - 23:17

What a great gift!

I have this book on my list of books I want to buy one day. I borrowed it from the public library a while back and realized after reading the first few pages that it’s a keeper. Thanks for offering it as part of the giveaway - it would make a great gift to any cook! — Natalie in Canada

Natalie_T | 3 December, 2008 - 23:18

Mmmm, bacon-chocolate chip

Mmmm, bacon-chocolate chip cookies. Or even chocolate-covered bacon chip cookies. The possibilities are endless! :-D

Karen (Michigan, US)

Karen McCowen | 3 December, 2008 - 23:33

heard about julia child but

heard about julia child but never actually tried!! now im excited to try after reading what you wrote!

  • USA
jennie | 3 December, 2008 - 23:34

Julia Child V Delia Smith

Being british I wasn’t really aware of Julia Child, as I grew up with Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course as the bible for standard recipes, but I picked up by accident a copy of the Julie Julia book about the blog started by Julie and her aim to cook her way through French Cookery…

Pennie, UK

Pennie | 3 December, 2008 - 23:44

I’ve only heard about

I’ve only heard about Julia Child so far (all very positive), so owning one of her books would be great :)
Hanne, from Germany currently in the UK

Hanne | 3 December, 2008 - 23:47

I love the older cookery

I love the older cookery books. Becaused I’m mostly vegan, I find all the newer ones are convinced that we have access to endless supplies of specialst foods. For those of us outside the USA, things like Seiten are hard to find… I often find I get better recipes from older, ohmniverous books than I do from the vegan ones!

MsDerious | 3 December, 2008 - 23:49

julia is great

i love julia child. she’s so amazing! i don’t know why i don’t have one of her cookbooks… i need to fix that!

texas, USA

ashley | 3 December, 2008 - 23:52

I’m enjoying the

I’m enjoying the posts!
Hope you pick me :)

Torie | 3 December, 2008 - 23:52


Way to go 5 years. I found you because of your Japanese cooking content, but I’ve stuck around because it is all so good.

Troy MN, USA

Troy | 4 December, 2008 - 00:03

Great Books!

I love the books you’re picking for the giveaways. I hope I win one!

Fran Magbual | 4 December, 2008 - 00:08

Australia represent! I’ve

Australia represent! I’ve heard many times of the great Ms Child, but never owned any of her books before. Here’s hopin’…

Hayley | 4 December, 2008 - 00:19

I like the fact that your

I like the fact that your blog is about general topics. That way I can use it to find information about everything. It’s great!
Jane in Japan

JBW | 4 December, 2008 - 00:20

We don’t have good supply

We don’t have good supply of Julia Child books here so I’d love to get one. I was tempted to order this from Amazon, but the Aussie dollar is just too weak at the moment :(

I am in Australia.

Chinalilly | 4 December, 2008 - 00:25

Do you have any Julia Child

Do you have any Julia Child remakes that would be suitable for bentos?
I live in the USA.

Evonne Ma | 4 December, 2008 - 00:26

oh my goodness! bacon

oh my goodness! bacon chocolate chip cookies were always something I wanted to try making, but the blog with the recipe I had my eye on went down =( and of course, I’m too much of a coward to try making my own without a recipe to guide my way. Will you be making your own cookies, or writing about them in general?

California, U.S.

wanpo | 4 December, 2008 - 00:29

Name: KayDat Location:

Name: KayDat
Location: Australia

KayDat | 4 December, 2008 - 00:31

Top Chef...

…is a great show.

Kristen, USA

Kristen | 4 December, 2008 - 00:33

Looks like a great book! USA

Looks like a great book!


VP | 4 December, 2008 - 00:42

Love Julia Child!

I’ve always wanted this book!

Vicki | 4 December, 2008 - 00:46

Thanks for the opportunity -

Thanks for the opportunity - I love new cookbooks!

I’m in the US.

Michelle | 4 December, 2008 - 00:57

i love julia child! i have

i love julia child! i have her baking book and a cookbook collaboration between her and jacques pepin.

rachael, USA

rachael | 4 December, 2008 - 01:07

what a coincidence!

and what a great gift. I recently finished reading the book Julie & Julia, where this blogger wrote about cooking through a book of Julia Child’s French recipe book in 365 days.

and now you are giving it away! hoping i’d be able to win this one ;)

Jayna (London)

Jayna | 4 December, 2008 - 01:26

Bon Apetit!

Love Julia.

Harper from Denver, Colorado USA

Harper | 4 December, 2008 - 01:31

Lovely :D

Mmm, Julia Child recipes are absolutely classic. Love it!

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Audrey J. | 4 December, 2008 - 01:48

Julia Child is great!

I just love her TV personality, I can only imagine how great/crazy she was in person. Would love the book.

San Francisco, CA, USA

masha | 4 December, 2008 - 01:58

Shannon in the U.S.A.!

Shannon in the U.S.A.!

Shannon | 4 December, 2008 - 02:30

OMG, her recipes look

OMG, her recipes look amazing! Lizzie Canada

Lizzie | 4 December, 2008 - 02:31

I love your recaps of the

I love your recaps of the BBC’s Supersize Me!

I don’t have cable and thus don’t get to see the show, but it doesn’t really matter b/c reading your recaps is so much fun!

ChristineV | 4 December, 2008 - 02:31

Argh! Forgot to mention

Argh! Forgot to mention that I’m in the US!

ChristineV | 4 December, 2008 - 02:33

Julia Child ?

I’ve not heard of Julia Child before but after reading your review and all the comments here.. woh ! I am missing out something here ! Hope to get the book !

Thanks for all the great give-aways !!

Janice, Shanghai, China

jj_an | 4 December, 2008 - 02:37

While Alton was just here

While Alton was just here for the food, I’m just here for the toys. :D (US reader — congrats on the fifth anniversary!)

Jessica M. | 4 December, 2008 - 02:50

name: scottie country:

name: scottie
country: canada
I absolutely love Julia Child! Her recipes are so simple and homey tasting. <3

lalala | 4 December, 2008 - 03:15

This book sounds amazing! =)

This book sounds amazing! =)


Sam | 4 December, 2008 - 03:18

Yay!! Katy (Canada)


Katy (Canada)

KatyBelle | 4 December, 2008 - 03:34

Julia Child is

Julia Child is rocking.

-Marisol, USA

marisol | 4 December, 2008 - 03:35

That story, “I really was

That story, “I really was very hungry” by MK Fisher was just on the selected shorts podcast. It’s such a lovely banquet.

Julia Childs has my vote. Can I win?

Mariko | 4 December, 2008 - 03:45

Miami, FL (USA)

I just read the Julie/Julia novel, which chronicles the journey of a cook who decides to make all of the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child in one year!

Terri | 4 December, 2008 - 04:09

I actually enjoy when you

I actually enjoy when you stray from the usual stuff. Looking back through older posts, some of the non-Japanese and non-healthy stuff is really good! If you ever started another food blog (which would be crazy) I would vote for cookbook/recipe reviews and some kind of daily-dinner report.

Thanks again for everything so far!

Erica, Canada

Erica | 4 December, 2008 - 04:39

There's one and ONLY Julia Child!


Los Angeles, CA

Cathy | 4 December, 2008 - 04:52

Ooo, Julia

I was so sad when I heard she’d died… but as it happens, I was traveling on business and got to dine that night with a foodie friend, so we did our best to honor her memory with a delish meal. That said, I’ve never really cooked from her recipes. Perhaps a cookbook would be a good place to start. ;-)

Leanne (USA—Colorado)

Leanne | 4 December, 2008 - 05:17


As much as I love Japanese food, I also enjoy the occasional tangents on Just Hungry. Hooray for 5 years!

Mindy | 4 December, 2008 - 05:45

I’m one of the people who

I’m one of the people who mostly just looks at Just Bento myself.

South Korea

Midknyt | 4 December, 2008 - 06:01


I have always wanted to get one of her books. I remember watching her cooking show as a child.

Cheryce - U.S. (Oregon)

Cheryce | 4 December, 2008 - 06:18

Julia Child

I just bought Julie and Julia, the book about the woman who tries you Julia Child’s cooking. I read the first page on the way home where Julia Child’s husband wrote about his wife’s newfound love(?)/obsession(?) and I am so excited for the two of them… and to immerse myself!

btw - if Julia’s kitchen is still at the Smithsonian, it’s SOOOO COOOOOL!

gexx | 4 December, 2008 - 06:20


my bad….
Knoxville, TN, USA - if my username-link didn’t tell you enough.

gexx | 4 December, 2008 - 06:24

I really liked the original title of this blog!

Yeah, to be quite frank, the title sounded somewhat convoluted for a blog - and interesting because of that.

Just hungry seems practical but I always think of it as I was just really very hungry.

Claudia Guerrero
Mexico City, Mexico

Claudia Guerrero | 4 December, 2008 - 07:14

If it’s your favorite

If it’s your favorite book, it must be good so I’d love to win!

I’m in the U.S. Thank you for the giveaway!

Cathy | 4 December, 2008 - 07:30

Win CA, USA. I remember


I remember watching her on television before school started.

Win | 4 December, 2008 - 07:37

The book looks great! LT-

The book looks great!

LT- Guam

lt | 4 December, 2008 - 08:13

Great book!

LT Guam

lt | 4 December, 2008 - 08:17

Julia Child

Gee, I’ve never even looked @ a Julia Child cookbook - and how silly since I am a total cookbook collector/reader/whatever. LOL Would be fun to win that one to add her to my eclectic collection. :)
Thanks. Debbie in NY, USA

Debbie Lee | 4 December, 2008 - 08:18

Julia Child

I love watching reruns of Julia Child. She always seems a bit tipsy.

Great blog.


Joe | 4 December, 2008 - 08:20

Count me in - I adore Julia!

Count me in - I adore Julia!

Carly | 4 December, 2008 - 09:08

Julia Child is 10,000 kinds

Julia Child is 10,000 kinds of awesome.

(Dina, Australia, etc.)

Dina | 4 December, 2008 - 09:20

From Canada

Julia Child!!!! I want I want!!!! If I win, this will be my first J.Child book!!! Thanks for organizing this giveaway!

Jack | 4 December, 2008 - 10:04

a classic

it’s great to have a story behind the cookbook you are offering, your relationship with it… thank you for that.
kerrin in switzerland

Kerrin | 4 December, 2008 - 10:18

What a great giveaway!

I’m definitely in!

Naava in Israel | 4 December, 2008 - 10:28

I like!

very much :-)

steenbok68 | 4 December, 2008 - 10:40

sorry if I posted twice the

sorry if I posted twice the other day. I don’t know Julia’s recipes but always keen to find a new favourite cookbook.
Scotland UK

Rona | 4 December, 2008 - 11:34

Oh crumbs. Wouldn’t it be

Oh crumbs.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to win that book.

Thanks for a most enjoyable blog and many inspirations.

Nellig, UK

Nellig | 4 December, 2008 - 12:03

Julia Child really is the

Julia Child really is the doyenne of TV Chefs isn’t she? I remember watching her as a small child, who could forget that voice!

Selina | 4 December, 2008 - 12:24

Hi! Congrats on your 5th


Congrats on your 5th anniversary. I often wish there were more than 24 hours in a day so that I had enough time to get things done. When I don’t have time to read blogs, at least I content myself with seeing some of the wonderful pictures on yours. I guess there’s a true meaning in “a picture is like a thousand words”.


(Montreal, Canada)

Alex | 4 December, 2008 - 12:36

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your blog!


Surin | 4 December, 2008 - 12:49


But I think you just can’t easily find (good) blogs about japanese food ;)

Bandreus, Italy

Bandreus | 4 December, 2008 - 13:16

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!!!! I adore this blog of yours, its very inspiring actually :)

Winnipeg, Canada

heavensearth | 4 December, 2008 - 14:11

LOVE to cook

And Julia Child is the essence of modern cooking!

Annette | 4 December, 2008 - 14:15

Julia Child was just

Julia Child was just amazing.

StRaw8erry, Indonesia

StRaw8erry | 4 December, 2008 - 14:53

I stumbled across both JH

I stumbled across both JH and JB after moving (temporarily!) to Japan, but it’s been great to get your perspective on Japanese cooking. Not to mention that it’s a breeze to find the ingredients here!

I’d love to have Ms. Child’s book.


Allison | 4 December, 2008 - 14:58

I don’t have BBC, or even

I don’t have BBC, or even a TV, but I did enjoy your “Supersize Me” write-ups. Very interesting.


awo | 4 December, 2008 - 15:15

If this is your favorite

If this is your favorite cookbook, it must be a really good one ! Thank you for your blogs !!!

Géraldine, from France

Gegp2000 | 4 December, 2008 - 15:38


Would so love a copy of this book! I am in the US.

bekkers | 4 December, 2008 - 15:49

ohh more to learn from !!!!

I love learning things!!!

You have picked lovely items for the give aways!

Eilish in NYS, USA

eilismaura | 4 December, 2008 - 16:11



Nikki | 4 December, 2008 - 16:47

great giveaway

Glad to be part of your celebration. To the next 5 years …

Vienna, VA - USA

Skadi | 4 December, 2008 - 16:50

Love cookbooks

The book sounds so good to read and look at. I’d love to get a copy!
I like your blog, btw. :) It’s fun to browse through new recipes. Thanks for giving away your things to readers!


Sandalola | 4 December, 2008 - 17:10

Happy Anniversary

Happy birthday, Just Hungry!

Your blog has been a great source of recipes and inspiration since I first discovered it last year. The focus on healthy, Japanese food suits my expat life in Beijing perfectly. All the ingredients are easily available at local supermarkets, the recipes are simply and easy to follow, and all are super tasty!

Here’s to many more blog posts to come.

(Beijing, China)

Chinebee | 4 December, 2008 - 17:35

Question about another post!

Hi!! I’ve been a fan of your site for like 2 years but I just signed up for the update letter like hmm a month or so?! I check it now almost everyday because my new boy is japanese and I want to impress him! (even though he makes fun of me because of how much it takes me to cook something :-( ) and he’s half german too! so this is about that german drink (Gluhwein) you talked about 3 posts ago: can it be a normal pot, or why does it has to be a heavy bottomed pan (I wonder if I can get that here in the United States!) I figured that being such an easy recipe, I can’t screw it up haha! Do I need to use cardamon pods? I have no idea where can I get that at! Oh and sorry if this wasn’t the correct place to put this at, I didn’t know if I can make a post in an already old thread
thanks for everything!

Danie, from pennsylvania, US

Danie | 4 December, 2008 - 17:48

The French Chef at the Smithsonian

One day in the coming year I’m determined to visit The Smithsonian Institution so I can visit Julia Child’s transplanted kitchen. She gave me confidence to try cooking all those decades ago. And MFK Fischer. And Marguerite Patten.

Elaine | 4 December, 2008 - 17:50

Julia Child

I must admit, I have never heard of Julia Child, but since you seem to regard her so highly I am very interested in seeing what she has to offer!

Name: Alison
Country: USA

Alison | 4 December, 2008 - 18:14

Sweet Spot

You have touched the sweet spot of our memories of watching Julia Child on TV for years. I remember taking notes as she made a poached fish in parchment in a long fish poaching pan. Taking notes because she made it so interesting! I don’t much care for fish, don’t have those items in my kitchen to this day, and yet she had the ability to fascinate. “The Way to Cook” is another masterpiece. I own a copy. The winner will love it also. (I’m not in the running for it.) USA

SBS | 4 December, 2008 - 18:26

my fingers are crossed

Julia Child is brilliant. I’m in the USA, waiting for my new cookbook.

bonbon | 4 December, 2008 - 18:33

boo to trolls! play nice in

boo to trolls! play nice in other people’s houses/blogs!

tiptup (NYC, USA) | 4 December, 2008 - 18:43

I’ve read so much about

I’ve read so much about Julia Child, but somehow have never actually read anything she’s written.

Now, even if I don’t win the draw giveaway, I’ll be sure to look one up! That’s one of the things I love about this blog; it inspires me to try new things in my cooking life.

Bronwyn (USA, MA)

Bronwyn | 4 December, 2008 - 18:44

Julia Child! April (USA)

Julia Child!

April (USA)

April | 4 December, 2008 - 18:49

i would love to get a copy

i would love to get a copy of Julia Child’s book!

(United Kingdom)

Jeli | 4 December, 2008 - 18:55

mmmmm....Julia Child

Thanks for all of you hard work. Sara from United States

Sara | 4 December, 2008 - 19:11

Julia Child

is an amazing inspiration to anyone who didn’t initially have the ability to cook. I’m not one of those people (I grew up interested in cooking), but my sister certainly, there is still hope for her :)

Yvo | 4 December, 2008 - 19:37

Fabuloso! Country: USA

Fabuloso! Country: USA

Sarah | 4 December, 2008 - 20:01

Julia Child

I am so interested in learning about classic cooking styles, and Julia was such a master! I would love this cookbook!

Leigh | 4 December, 2008 - 20:17

Happy Anniversary!

I’ve never gotten around to getting this, but I do love Julia :)

Maryland, USA

Lisa | 4 December, 2008 - 20:38

Julia Childs

I would love to have a copy of this book.

Portland, OR, USA

R McMullan | 4 December, 2008 - 21:14

Thanks again!

Thanks for the bento and giveaways!


Jeremy Sam | 4 December, 2008 - 21:14

Not good for the diet, but

Not good for the diet, but yummy and I’d love a copy. New Zealand.

Bronwyn | 4 December, 2008 - 21:16

I love the other books of

I love the other books of hers I have… this is already on my “must get” list.
Devlyn, PDX, USA

devlyn | 4 December, 2008 - 21:27

I’ve just read The Tenth

I’ve just read The Tenth Muse, which is the autobiography of Julia Child’s editor for Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It’s a great read and it got me interested in Child and in classical French cuisine, which was totally over my head before!

Cat, California, United States.

Cat | 4 December, 2008 - 21:37

excellent choice

I’ve only read Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but that’s a real standby for me. I’d love to check this one out too.

JP, Pittsburgh, PA - USA

JP | 4 December, 2008 - 22:05

Thanks for the giveaways!

Thank you!

Elaine, Australia

lil_cute_hamster | 4 December, 2008 - 22:29

Oh my, a book by Julia

Oh my, a book by Julia Child! You are much too good to us, you know ? :)

And the BBC show you mentioned looks interesting, I’ll definitely check that out.

Christine from Brussels, Belgium

ChristineK | 4 December, 2008 - 22:35


I would love to read and use that book!

Michigan, USA

HistoricStitcher | 4 December, 2008 - 22:37

This book looks

This book looks amazing!

Location - UK

(Post script to mitigate naked greed) I’ve been making your pitta breads 2-3 times a month since you posted the recipe

Denise | 4 December, 2008 - 22:43


I heart Julia! And just hungry, too :)

you know, I started reading this blog because of the top chef recaps (I think it came up in a search), but I can understand why they stopped. And I’m definitely happy I’ve kept reading. Thanks!

Mo | 4 December, 2008 - 22:45

Location: USA

My roommate has a Julia Child book, and I love using it!

Jenae | 4 December, 2008 - 22:47

Julia Child!

Try her baguettes-it’s my alltime favorite recipe.
Liz, US

Liss | 4 December, 2008 - 23:01

I’ve never read any of her

I’ve never read any of her books but heard good things about them.

Katy in New Zealand

Katy | 4 December, 2008 - 23:03

wow, food blogging contests queen LOL

I guess the occasional comments I leave on your blog are soon enough after the posts that I haven’t seen troll comments. Or either they were happening before I found your blog.

I used to see Julia on shows when I was a young teen, and she kind of scared me back then LOL, little did I know how great she was until I was older.

I’m in Texas, US.

Shreela | 4 December, 2008 - 23:14

Julia Child....

I, too, used to watch her show, with my mother. At the time I didn’t care much, but I KNOW a lot of it rubbed off on me!

Bacon and chocolate. Have you seen/tried the chocolate bar by Vosges? http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/category/baconandchocolate
I love the inventiveness of her flavor palette, and this really does work…it’s quite good.
Peanut butter and bacon pizza, too. There is a place in Oakland, California where I used to order peanut butter and bacon pizza—the peanut butter is subbed for the sauce, white cheddar and mozzarella for the cheese, then bacon and carmellized onions on top. If you think in terms of the use of peanuts in Thai food, it’s not so weird!

Anyway, thanks for all the great information, and for doing this wonderful series of giveaways!

Nicole, USA

Nicole | 5 December, 2008 - 00:32

Michael from NY, USA

Michael from NY, USA

Michael | 5 December, 2008 - 00:54


I would be honored to win. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Laura, United States

Laura Swan | 5 December, 2008 - 01:17

Julia Child rocks my life.

Julia Child rocks my life. -USA

Willa | 5 December, 2008 - 02:00

i love julia and jacques

i love julia and jacques cooking show.

los angeles, usa

thu-van | 5 December, 2008 - 02:09

Great looking book

I am a huge lover of cookbooks, but for some reason I don’t have this one!


Sierrakai | 5 December, 2008 - 02:12

did you know she went to

did you know she went to europe as a spy in her younger years?

los angeles, usa

bobby | 5 December, 2008 - 02:12

Yay books

Yay books :)

Gainesville, FL, USA

Pidwidget | 5 December, 2008 - 02:27

Happy Anniversary!

Ah Julia Child. :)

Name: Tyra
Country: United States

Tyra | 5 December, 2008 - 02:36

A classic, and I’ve never

A classic, and I’ve never even looked through it - count me in!

Nathan | 5 December, 2008 - 02:44

Nothing Like A Good Cookbook

Need some inspiration here in Edinburgh!

Emilie Smith | 5 December, 2008 - 03:48

Julia Child

The French Chef was the first cookbook I bought myself - must have been 1975-76. I don’t have this one, so add me to the list!
Pat in Oregon

Pat | 5 December, 2008 - 04:53

Happy anniversary! Colin,

Happy anniversary!

Colin, United States.

Colin | 5 December, 2008 - 05:14

Julia Child

I have always meant to have a cookbook of hers!

Marie in the U.S.

Marie | 5 December, 2008 - 05:27

I’ve been wanting to pick

I’ve been wanting to pick this up so I might as well enter and see if I get lucky!

-Aimee from the US of A

Aimee | 5 December, 2008 - 05:42

Love Julia Child, and love

Love Julia Child, and love your site as well!


kp | 5 December, 2008 - 05:46

I used to watch Julia’s

I used to watch Julia’s cooking show with my grandmother when I was a child on PBS.

Steve, USA

aeolist | 5 December, 2008 - 07:45


I am mostly a reader of Just Bento, but I like to visit here too. Which certainly proofs your theory about the tighter focus.

What I like especially about both your blogs is that even though they are in English, which is perfectly fine with me, they are not US-centric. Because of the difference in measurements for recipes is it sometimes hard to follow pure US blogs. Also that you are always aware on how it might be hard to get some specific ingredients.

Ina (from Germany)

Ina | 5 December, 2008 - 09:34

The blog is yours to do with

The blog is yours to do with as you want. Try not to be too discouraged if occasionally readership drops a little. It’s like the tides… they come and go. I always enjoy yours posts!

In the mean time I’m very interested in what you favourite English cookbook is like :)

Annabel - Bern, Switzerland

Bell | 5 December, 2008 - 13:31

Paris, France

A Julia Child book would be fantastic—!

Micki | 5 December, 2008 - 15:10

I <3 Julia

I had the chance to meet Julia Child several years ago, right around her 90th birthday, and she was such an amazing person!

Portland, OR, USA

Chelsea | 5 December, 2008 - 15:28

if you took away all the cream and butter...

…it would be healthier but what would be the point in eating it? - a paraphrase of Julia Child.
I wish that there would be a food channel which reran her and Jacques Pepin’s cooking lessons. Just wanted to say thanks for the giveaways (I don’t suppose these come from cleaning out your books? :) )
best wishes - Lynh in the US

lynh | 5 December, 2008 - 15:29

Julia Rocks!

Hi there Maki,

Happy Anniversary and keep up the good work! And I agree, love love love Julia….

Vivilicious from Singapore

Vivilicious | 5 December, 2008 - 16:19

Julia, I'm your Romeo!

I love cookbooks with great collections of basic recipes. I have some typically swiss, some typically asian, but a typically english/american one would fill an existing lack in my cooking library.

bee from switzerland

bee | 5 December, 2008 - 16:23

Oh wow

Julia Child is great. I would love to check this book out.

Mike Simpson | 5 December, 2008 - 17:01

if you love Julie...

read Julie & Julia. It’s wonderful.

-United States

Natters. | 5 December, 2008 - 17:04

Congratulations on your

Congratulations on your anniversary! :)

x alice (United Kingdom)

alice peapods | 5 December, 2008 - 17:09

i’m always looking for new

i’m always looking for new cookbooks!

Beth, United States

beth | 5 December, 2008 - 19:52

maki, you rock!

You’ve always helped me with the hungry problem.

My name is Gina of Tampa, FL, USA.

I’ll send you something back as a thank you.

ginakuma | 5 December, 2008 - 20:38

Julia Child is my hero!

Just saying. :)

Kelcey, usa

Kelcey | 5 December, 2008 - 22:10

Mom’s Julia Child cookbook

Mom’s Julia Child cookbook is covered in dried up god-knows-what and splitting into separate folios… if it’s that amazing, I’m not sure why I don’t have one! Send me one. :P
Caitlin, Canada.
(Also, I like when you write about random things! The food show recaps are really interesting, especially because I don’t have cable to watch them myself.)

silver. | 5 December, 2008 - 22:31

what was the word - ureshii?

nihongo wakarimasen so luckily your blog is in english - as your entries are so enjoyable. lately nostalgic for me, bringing back memories of childhood bento (packed in wax paper and paper sacks tho - mom would only let us take the metal boxes on special days). also she and I would watch Julia Child on tv together, and that I think is when I started to think of cooking as more than a chore.
thanks for your blog, congratulations on your anniversary!

Cyn | 5 December, 2008 - 23:34

country USA please enter me

country USA
please enter me in this one too, thanks!

Cyn | 5 December, 2008 - 23:50

Nice memories of Julia

I remember watching her on PBS and wondering if that was really her voice or just her “TV voice.” This is another great giveaway item—thanks!

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Supertaster | 6 December, 2008 - 00:52

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