Just One Cookbook

Shares delicious and savory Japanese home cook recipe on Just One Cookbook.  Back in 2007, I was going through recipes one afternoon from different cookbooks, clippings from magazines, and my scribbled notes to figure out what to cook for dinner that day. Looking at my collection of unorganized recipes, I realized I should figure out a way to file and store them all. I started on the project by typing up my recipes in Japanese, then in 2010 I started to translate them into English. In January 2011, the collection of the recipes has slowly evolved to a website where I can enjoy recipes with family and friends who share my love of cooking and eating.

So here I am, being a bit technologically challenged, trying to make just one cookbook of the Chen Family recipes. If you are a first time visitor, please browse Food Gallery to see what kind of food I’m making. I hope you will enjoy trying out my recipes and I would appreciate any comments and feedback you may have.

About Nami

My name is Namiko Chen. My family and friends call me Nami. I am the author of Just One Cookbook and all the food you see in this website are prepared and photographed by me. I was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan and now live in the SF Bay Area with my Taiwanese American husband and 2 beautiful children (my son is 5 and my daughter is 3 years old).


I learned cooking from my mom at a young age. She cooked for us every night and I still get very excited when I visit my home in Japan because I can eat her delicious meals. Now that I have kids, I wish to do the same for my own family. Having good food on the table always brings family together and easily invites conversation. As a mom, wife, and friend, I hope to create a cozy home atmosphere for my family and friends.

Organizing my recipes in this website is going to be my lifelong project and I hope to share the joy with you. Thanks for your kind support!

Taiyaki 鯛焼き & Worldwide Giveaway

Classic street vendor snack in Japan, warm soft fish shaped cake with red bean filling. You can also use Nutella and other fillings. [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Miso Ramen 味噌ラーメン

Love ramen, then try this quick and delicious homemade miso ramen with chicken broth, top with chashu, ramen egg, and corn. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Spicy Bean Sprout Salad ホットもやし

Refreshing bean sprout salad dressed in spicy sesame oil based sauce, enjoy as an appetizer or as a ramen topping. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Chashu チャーシュー

Chashu - Melt in your mouth pork belly braised in sweet and savory soy sauce based sauce. Sear with torch to enhance flavor and enjoy with ramen! [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Ramen Egg 味付け玉子

Flavorful soft boiled eggs with custard like egg yolk soaked in soy sauce and mirin, used for topping on ramen or enjoyed as a snack. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Kyoto Japan Guide – West Side & Kyoto Station | Japan Travel Blog

The west side of Kyoto has many attractions, including Kinkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji, and the beautiful sceneries of Arashiyama. Join us on the trip! [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Sakura Mochi 桜餅

Chewy mochi with sweet anko filling is simply delectable! Mix in the aroma of cherry blossom leaves and the experience is simply amazing! [[ This is a content summary only ....more

LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil and a Giveaway

Do you like spreading butter on bread, then you must try LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil. It spreads perfectly every time. [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Miso Salmon 味噌サーモン

Wild salmon fillet marinated in a sweet and savory miso marinade, garnish with sesame seeds and scallion. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Rich velvety chocolate soy milk blended with banana, topped with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more