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Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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For those already familiar with books or the iPod/iPad app from Jamie Oliver there will be an occasional item throughout this book that is either similar or basically the same as in one of his previous publications, for example the mango desert with a distinctly British touch. Overall the book certainly offers many new ideas and recipes, and will allow the avid home cook to mix and match as needed. The 10 page index allows to quickly search for ideas based on specific items at hand, and many may find it helpful that the index has additional denotation for all vegetarian dishes.
Meals in Minutes offers many healthy meal options, especially if you skip or go easy on the desert. Most of the ingredients can easily be obtained at your local farmers market or grocery store, of course with certain limitations based on season and the area of the country that you live in.Read more ›
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The book has a lot of pictures, including a lot of Jamie squeezing a lime, standing over steaming pasta, etc, maybe it could have been 60 meals and ten less pictures of Jamie? But the rest of the pictures, the pictures of the ingredients, finished product, are lovely and helpful for presentation.
The only reason this book isn't a five star to me is the faded print. I find it annoying and wish the print were darker. Otherwise this is a good book that does the work for me of a whole meal and not trying to figure out what to make with a main dish etc, the recipes are easy to follow with commonly found ingredients and do come together quickly.
I have almost all of his cookbooks and this one isn't my favorite. I really like it, but I can't say every dish is hit -- like with most of his other work.
Like his other recipes, Jamie isn't exact in his ingredients -- calling for "bunch" of parsley (in my market, bunches are huge or tiny depending on the season) or few "spoonfuls" of peanut butter (um, I can nearly empty a jar with three thick spoonfuls or I can smooth them out to small teaspoons). This isn't too much of an issue for me since I've been cooking for a while and mostly know what I like; but this book (more than his others) will challenge novices. (Although, it will make you a better cook in the long run.)
The first time I tried the chicken with peanut sauce, it was awful (perhaps my onion was too strong/big and my chilies weren't very sweet), but based on my notes/modifications, I perfected it the second time. Our favorite so far is the cod with the side of mashed peas/potatoes.
We've made several dishes and they seem to serve a lot more than they say.
Also, as everyone else has noted, it takes longer than "minutes" to make these meals. Perhaps it only takes about 30 minutes AFTER you get everything prepped/measured/washed/chopped ... but it's the prep that takes me longer than anything else.
Lastly, from our perspective, these meals are huge and a bit more labor-intensive than what we are used to on a daily basis (although we do cook most of our dinners and are pretty savvy in the kitchen).Read more ›
I wish there were other chefs who had a show and book that were the same. It's an excellent way to use both mediums. Jamie also has a 'down-to-earth' attitude and sense of humour. He dosen't talk down to his viewers/readers. Better buy a lot of olive oil. He puts it on almost everything! LOL
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cookbook arrived on its due date. It was a gift for my son who has tried a couple of successful recipes.Published 3 days ago by Alexandra Smith
Yet another wonderful Jamie Oliver cookbook, full of delicious recipes and mouth-watering photos.Published 1 month ago by Gaines Post
Whole meals, not individual items so it makes planning a dinner super easy, beatuful pictures as well.Published 6 months ago by Chad Ramsey
These meals really are in minutes, I have played around with some menus, switching main courses etc to suit the crowd.Published 7 months ago by Paul Smith