Jamie's Dinners: The Essential Family Cookbook Hardcover – Oct 13 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The Naked Chef grows up: Oliver, the ebullient British lad who enchanted the Friends generation of Food Network viewers, turns his focus from throwing impromptu dinner parties to cooking family meals and school lunches. As always, the emphasis is on tasty food that anyone can prepare—and the book's best sections are devoted to simple fare such as sandwiches and pasta, where Oliver brings new life to staples like grilled cheese, with his Double-Decker Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Pickled Onions and Potato Chips. The chef romps through shopping, kitchen tools, basic ingredients and core dishes, tying together his 120 recipes with the family-friendly theme of value for money. Readers already weary of Oliver's chipper British persona—the enthusiastic descriptions of everything from poached chicken to herb-infused salad as "genius" or "brilliant," the exhortations to eat more "veg," another "best" sausage and mash recipe—will not be won over by this fifth addition to the Oliver shelf. The extravagant package, which includes mouth-watering food shots, hand-drawn graphics and bright color text spreads, seems to include more photos of the chef and his family—photogenic wife Jools and children Poppy and Daisy—than of the dishes. But those who continue to be seduced by Oliver's infectious love of food and his cheerful narcissism will eagerly queue up at the cash register with a copy in hand.
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About the Author
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, and 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 lives in London with his wife Jools and their daughters, Poppy and Daisy.
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However, this book is labeled as a family cookbook, which I believe to be a bit mis-leaded. It's an ideal book for a young couple, but most of the recipes in here are not what I would necessarily recommend for a family with more than one child. It is remarkably interesting for the working folks (such as my boyfriend and I), as it gives plenty of ideas for healthy and delicious lunches, quick dinners for when we get back home too tired or too hungry to fuss around more than 10 minutes, and more sophisticated stuff for when you fancy something more special. He also covers excellent basics and crowd-pleasers, and gives good advice on how to play with them. Note that he gets a bit exotic, so this is not a recipe book for those afraid to try new things. You need a minimal taste for adventure to get into some of his stuff.
As with his other books, it is plainly explained so that even the completely inexperienced cooks can get amazing results, it's beautifully laid-out with great pictures, and the conversational style makes the book a lot more engaging than boring step-by-step instructions.
My only disappointment was the salad chapter, in which I didn't find anything particularly interesting (as opposed to the salad chapter in "Jamie's food revolution", which was amazing!).Read more ›
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Jamie's Dinners is a great resource for families. The meals are delicious and affordable.
My favourite section is the sandwiches!
This is a fantastic cookbook, with several amazing recipes, and many more than are interesting and absolutely delicious. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2009 by J. Sinke