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Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life [Hardcover]

Jamie Oliver
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Book Description

March 4 2008
Home is where the heart is . . . This book is very close to my heart. It's about no-nonsense, simple cooking with great flavors all year round. When I began writing it, I didn't really know what recipes I would come up with, but something began to inspire me very quickly . . . my vegetable patch! I came to realize last year that it's not always about looking out at the wider world for inspiration. Being at home, feeling relaxed and open, can also offer this. I love to spend time at home in the village where I grew up, working with the boss, Mother Nature, in my garden and seeing all my beautiful veggies coming out of the ground. Inside you'll find over one hundred new recipes, plus some basic planting information and tips if you fancy having a go at getting your hands dirty as well!

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Jamie Oliver grew up in his parents' country pub, the Cricketers in Clavering, where he started cooking at the age of eight, before studying at London's Westminster Catering College. He then went on to work with some of the top chefs in England namely Antonio Carluccio at the Neal Street Restaurant and Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers at the River Café. The author of such popular titles as The Naked Chef, Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie's Italy, among others, he has written for the Saturday Times, served as Food Editor at GQ and Marie Claire magazines, and hosted the popular television show The Naked Chef. He is twenty-nine and lives in London with his wife Jools and their daughters, Poppy and Daisy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Jamie's most useful book March 6 2008
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Obviously, this is the book tie-in with the Jamie at Home series seen in the UK on Channel 4 and on the Food Network in North America. And for a tie-in, it's actually pretty good.

It's certainly a much better read than his previous Cook with Jamie, mainly because with this one he's made a better attempt at identifying his audience. Jamie, it's obvious, is enthusiastic about his cooking, and he expects his readers to have the same enthusiasm (and therefore the same knowledge) that he does. This is something that was missing from his previous effort.

The book is arranged in a seasonal theme, with recipes for spring, summer, fall and winter. This is good, because it encourages the type of varietal eating that keeps a diet from getting monotonous.

Where the book differs from his previous efforts is the way he talks about his garden. Most of the ingredients he uses are grown from there, with the main exception of poultry and game meats. (The poultry and eggs chapters have an especial interest, given his current project dealing with the exposure of battery hens.)

The recipes themselves are clear and well written, to the point where a high-schooler would feel brave enough about attempting some of them.

About the only thing missing is a chapter on herbs and spices. Oliver uses so many in his dishes you'd think he'd devote at least one page to their cultivation, but he doesn't. Still, don't let that spoil what's probably Oliver's most accessible cookbook to date.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Recipes, Too Much Gardening Oct. 29 2008
I loved Oliver's previous book, "Cook With Jamie", and so I rushed to buy this one, expecting more of the same. I was disappointed, though, to find that much of the book is devoted to lessons in gardening and pages of (admittedly, beautiful) vegetables in and out of the garden. I have gardened for years, and none of the gardening information is new or useful to me, and I resent having paid for it. I guess I should have previewed the book, but in my enthusiasm I felt I knew what I would be getting.

That said, the recipes are arranged according to the seasons of the year and emphasize using produce in season, which is something most of us can improve upon in our kitchens. And the recipes are good--but somehow, having to wade through all that gardening has made me less enthusiastic about searching them out.

Jamie uses the profits from his books to support his projects of teaching unemployed kids to be chefs, and I love his enthusiasm for helping others. Still, I think I would rather have bought some other of his books than this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Feb. 8 2009
It is my first Jamie Oliver book. And I love it. It goes with the philosophy of doing from scratch and with was earth gives us. He gives tips for growing that seem simple. So much, that this book inspired me to do a small garden next year, for the first time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most sensual cookbooks I own Dec 4 2008
This is by far one of my favourite cook books. I love the illustrations, the tips and the layout, which follows the growing seasons. The UK gets a slightly longer growing season that we do here, but I love how this book relates to my own vegetable gardening and brings me closer to understanding the seasons of our local produce. These recipes are excellent, simple, succulent and so adaptable. And if you can catch the complementary show "Jamie at Home" - it brings the book to life and inspires even further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie at Home: Cook your way to the good life Jan. 9 2014
By K
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and old style kind of book but I love it....very easy to follow, beautifully illustrated and of course, it's Jamie Oliver...what's not to like when you are a fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Nov. 2 2013
By Craig
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This is an excellent recipe collection. Even though Jamie doesn't write this stuff, whoever his ghostwriter is writes enough like Jamie to make you think he wrote it. Recipes are awesome and instead of the forno oven (which is under construction) I use a Big Green Egg - so it still rocks.........
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why do cookbooks always have terrible bindings Oct. 19 2013
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I did not find this cookbook very useful. I am a fan of Oliver's but like most European cookbooks it requires access to strange local ingredients and knowledge of esoteric medieval measures. I suppose if you live in the same village as Oliver this book might be practical. Otherwise, just leave it out on your coffee table for your friends to flip through while you make something tasty from the Five Roses Flour cookbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook Aug. 6 2013
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I was rather hoping it would look more like the book used in the show. However the recipes are all there and it was fun to read.
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