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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 Cafe. 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. The second season of the ABC show Food Revolution will air in Spring 2011. He is thirty-five and lives in London with his wife Jools and their children, Poppy, Daisy, Petal, and Buddy Bear.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324421
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents' pub, the Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex, at the age of eight, and has gone on to work with some of the world's top chefs. He founded Fifteen restaurant in London and the associated charity, Fifteen Foundation, which continues to train disadvantaged young people to become chefs. There are now three other Fifteen restaurants in the world: Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne. Jamie has also launched a chain of high street restaurants in the UK called Jamie's Italian. In 2005 Jamie led a campaign to improve the quality of school dinners in the UK and, through the Feed Me Better movement, caused the government to substantially change its policy towards school food. Jamie continues to write for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own magazine, Jamie Magazine. He lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their daughters, Poppy, Daisy and Petal.

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Fretwurst on October 4, 2011
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A new cookbook from Jamie Oliver arrived today. A collection of 50 meals, spread over 288 pages with not just a few, but a ton of pictures and spreads. The images are beautiful photographic art work, and often they aim to illustrate either ideas for presentation or preparation of the featured meals. Essentially you buy a collection of round about 150 recipes, nicely combined into complete small family meals with ingredients and amounts listed to serve 4 to 6 people at a time. Each of the 50 meals featured in this book can easily be broken down in smaller units, if you only want to make a salad, the main dish, or the desert on its own; and of course you can manually adapt the amounts for smaller or larger household units.

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.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Becky and Jim review TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Jamie Oliver had put together 50 complete and quick meals in a beautifully photographed, easy to follow cookbook. At first I was put off by the layout of putting each recipe together instead of on separate pages or paragraphs, but once I cooked from the book it was easy to follow along, even if I wanted to skip a component of the meal. Each step of the recipe stars in bold and the ingredients are all in their own list, so if I want to cook everything but say the cabbage, it's very easy to do.

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.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Lynch on October 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I began watching Jamie's Meals in Minutes and soon after bought the book. The book and the show are great. I cook a lot at home and wanted to expand my recipe selection without breaking the budget or investing a lot of time on the weekends. I have made several meals already and everyone has said the food is great. I agree that the timing isn't exactly "30 minutes" but then these are new recipes for me, so after a few times I am sure they'll take less time. I'm also not a professional chef... so, yes, it takes us lay-folk longer. The recipes provide a process to maximize timing. I like also that I can mix and match with the sides and desserts.

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
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Barnes on December 31, 2011
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This differs from the traditional cookbooks since one "recipe" is really a four-course meal. Takes some getting used to, but I like that you typically use up all the ingredients -- for example: if the salad uses half a bunch of cilantro, the entree will typically use the other half.

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).
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