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Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals [Hardcover]

Jamie Oliver
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May 19 2009
Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I've tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals that we all love to eat and break them down to make them as simple as possible. There are plenty of clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, so whether you're an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you'll be able to enjoy cooking and achieve great results in the kitchen.

This book is inspired by all the people I've met who thought they could never and would never learn how to cook. I believe that good home cooking is one of the most essential, fundamental skills that every single person on this planet should have in order to look after themselves, their families, and their friends. This food revolution is all about people learning how to make a recipe, then teaching that recipe to their friends and family . . . if enough people do this, pretty soon everyone will be cooking. So cook something today, then PASS IT ON!

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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, 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 is thirty-three and lives in London with his wife Jools and their daughters, Poppy and Daisy.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 21 2009
By Lena M
I picked up this book just a few days ago but have already tried to make 2 recipes. Both turned out great! What I like about this book is the simplicity of ingredients. A lot of British cookbooks oftentimes call for things that are either hard or impossible to find in North America. This book is quite basic in that regard, which is great. I really like his section on salads -- it has some great advice on mix/matching. Great book!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UPDATE - simply brilliant - rustic family food May 28 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have hundreds of cookbooks, many of which i love... but I've never found the right everyday book until now. This book is a godsend: simple, sexy, REAL rustic food with simple instructions, useful substitutions and gorgeous photos. Great for beginners -free of fancy ingredients and fancy equipment. If, like me, you cook a few dishes on the weekend to get you through the week, this is the book for you... your family will fight over THESE leftovers.
Thanks, Jamie!

UPDATE: A year later - Everything I cook from this book has made it on to my regular rotation. The Indian curries are divine (and use easy to find good quality curry paste which JO recommends), the meatloaf - although assembly requires some work - is a thing of beauty, the burgers, the beef chili, the chicken fajitas, the sauces, honestly absolutely everything! has been delicious and reheats beautifully. Only one iffy dish (pasta with baked seasoned brie) and that might have been more due to the quality of my brie. Not all of the recipes are speedy (there is a section for quick recipes and they're splendid) but they're all well-laid out and easy to follow and every single one has turned out the kind of food that a year later makes people jump in their car for my LEFTOVERS. You heard me.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same book as Ministry of Food, different cover July 1 2009
By Lucie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great cookbook, but please be aware that this is the very same book as Ministry of Food. I foolishly bought this one, thinking it's something new, only to give it to a friend when I discovered it's identical to MINISTRY OF FOOD, just different title. How odd!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I own almost all of Jamie Oliver's cookbooks... May 20 2009
...and I think that this one is quite possibly his best, and even one of the best cookbooks overall that I have in my library. So far, I've tried 4 recipes, and every single one has come out deliciously. And my husband (who does not typically cook) was inspired to give one a go too - he was very pleased with the results! I like all of the pictures of the ingredients during various stages of preparation - it really helps me keep myself on track. I'm looking forward to cooking my way through the rest of the book and also "passing it on" and teaching the recipes to others!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite everyday cook book Sept. 1 2009
I'm not new in the kitchen. I have a large cookbook libray but most books are suitable for weekends, when I have lots of spare time to devote to cooking. During the week, I'm often too tired to be cooking for a couple hours. Often, I just want a basic recipe that I can build on. Jamie's Food Revolution provides just that: I can cook something quick, simple and tasty and then add a few more ingredients to all more flavour. I'll be using this book a couple, few times a week, I'm sure!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best cookbook on the market Jan. 16 2010
Intended for beginners and experienced cooks alike. I've rediscovered the joy of cooking simple and delicious meals on a budget. A simple version of each recipe is given in detail, each step shown with excellent pictures, and variations are suggested so that people who have never cooked a meal will learn how to do basic stuff first, and experienced cooks will easily adapt the recipes to their liking. The chapter on ground meat and the one on salads are most original with new and surprising ways to prepare low cost meals. I've tried many recipes from the book and I'll do each one again, they're that good. Highly recommended for everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My cooking Bible July 5 2011
By G. Larouche TOP 500 REVIEWER
I got this book after deciding I wanted to improve my cooking skills. It looked complete, diverse and versatile, so I picked it up. Now, I am hooked! Every recipe from it is delicious, even the ridiculously simple ones, like his tomato spaghetti! Now, I do all my sauces from scratch, because nothing compares to the fresh flavors the home-made stuff has. The conversational style he writes the instructions in is great, because it simplifies the process, making the recipes less intimidating. Many recipes also have easily frozen or re-heated leftovers, so no waste! He also gives variants on many recipes, to encourage people to be creative once they mastered the basic, and create their own delicious twists! The results are unfailingly wonderful, making you appreciate the work and energy you put into cooking your meal, which is Jamie's aim with the "Food revolution". The end result is that you just want to cook more, and become more and more passionate about it! He also encourages habits like buying fresh ingredients and organic or free-range meat and eggs, which I just love. I now collect Jamie Oliver books, and I have always felt every penny spent was worth what ended up in my plate!

It's a perfect book for starter cooks, as it makes you see cooking as fun, and not as a chore. I would particularly recommend it to people with limited cooking experience, or who work a lot and don't have time to spend a whole day preparing a Julia Child-style feast, but who care about making their food from scratch and eating healthy. For my part, I can tell you it changed the way I looked at my kitchen and turned cooking into a passion. Everyone who likes cooking ought to have a copy on their shelves.

It's not a vegetarian-friendly book, however. Certain recipes containing meat can be substituted with veggies, but others really can't. I would also recommend getting a copy of the hardcover edition, and it's easier to keep propped open on the counter while you cook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, fun
Can't go wrong with this Jamie Oliver book. Nice, fun, and easy recipes.
Published 13 days ago by David Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it says!!!
Bought it for good basic and delicious food...got what I wanted.
Published 20 days ago by Ann Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting lots of use!
Jamie gives his readers easy to follow directions and inspiring recipes! It makes me want to cook through the whole book!
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking more interesting!
Jamie's recipes are easy, healthier and delicious!
I would recommend this book to anyone with kids and people wanting to improve their diet.
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!Thank You Jamie Oliver!!!
I got this book from the library and kept renewing it. What an amazing book! I bought it as I feel this will be the book I give my 9 year old son when he leaves home so he can cook... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sondra
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This is a pretty good book for Beginners, Jamie is very good at providing simple recipes that doesn't require 50 ingredients ranging from unicorn tears to elephant dung. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kenshen
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cookbook (my family's, too)
I have many cookbooks, but none do I cook from as much as this one. Great for daily suppers. I can always count on them to taste delicious. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kendra B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie's Food Revolution
The presentation was excellence and the recipes wholesome and easy to cook. The main thing they were Delicious to eat
Published 5 months ago by Derek Hodgson
1.0 out of 5 stars did not like
have many cookbooks but i found not much here that inspired me....more interersting books out there...so returned it not for me
Published 5 months ago by ruth sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and works
This is one cook book I keep referring to. I use to make good roast, curry, and stews. Once I've got comfortable with the easy stuff, I've tried his new recipes and they all work... Read more
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