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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071815780X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Eha Carr on January 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having some 600 cookery books on my shelves I had promised myself I had reached 'an elegant sufficiency'. But Jamie's 15 minute meals arrived on Australia's TV and I was taken by the first episode. I had almost all of his books and most often used his 30 minute meals. This is Jamie at his mature best writing for the everyday, for Mum and Dad in a hurry but wanting an interesting, healthy meal. The book is clearly set out and logical, the recipes are easy and fun! You are even told what pans/saucepans etc to have ready at what temperature. One of the joys has been that many of the ingredients are interchangeable once you get used to handling the book: no late rushes to the supermarket. For whom do I advise this: all of us - we have to eat, and one can easily cook half the recipe, or, I daresay, double it!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kay Bradley on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I watched the TV series and am always inspired by Mr. Oliver. The book has a few more recipes than were covered in the TV series - but it is missing a reference to which episode the recipe is from (I manually went through the cookbook and noted in it which episode each recipe was from).

As a US "cousin" I had no trouble making the metric conversions, and appropriate nuances such as courgettes in place of zucchini.

But, as a mid-level cook, the recipes are not 15-minutes meals unless you've done the recipe many, many times. I've done a few of the recipes several times and have it down to 30-45 minutes - not including watching the appropriate episode first for the extra tips. But even at 45 minutes - that's good for me. I've learned a lot about speeding up the cooking process from both the TV series and the book.

I like that there is a lot of room in the margins for notes, and that there are a fair amount of fish & vegetarian recipes.

Overall this is a good cookbook, and becomes a great cookbook when used with the TV series. Also, the dealer who sent my book from the UK to the US was amazingly fast (7-10 days).
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119 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Bonacker on October 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My husband bought this so we could have fun cooking together every night for a month, on a "let's eat healthier, honey!" kick. It might sound obnoxious to say so, but I'm being honest when i say I'm a very experienced cook -- and I collect cook books, especially vintage and classic ones -- so I feel I have a lot to compare this one with. And? And we both found "15 Minute Meals" seriously lacking in a few really important ways. I was almost offended by the lameness of several problems with it, and I felt so strongly about it that I had to come online and write a review. Here are our beefs: 1) We actually -- no joke - timed how long each recipe took to make, over the course of a few weeks, and the "15 Minutes" claim is total hype and bunkum. It's ridiculous marketing hoo-hah. Yes, we followed his method of boiling water in advance, heating pans in advance, and measuring and laying out the ingredients in advance -- and, no, those steps were NOT counted in the preparation times we recorded -- but our average effort was 45 minutes. This was with two of us, usually, doing the cooking, and neither of us is a beginner. I kept thinking of "The 60 Minute Gourmet," the classic cookbook by Pierre Franey and Craig Claiborne of "The New York Times," and wishing we'd just stuck with that classic, which not just deals honestly on the time factor but delivers the deliciousness. Because . . . .guess what? 2) More than half of the recipes in "15 Minute Meals" were definitely not tasty enough to try twice. That's a bad success rate, let's be frank! There is also a ton of repetition of flavors and techniques. Yessiree, this man loves a cutlet pounded flat and dusted with coriander, he sure does! He also really seems to love a big, mushy pile of mushed up grain and vegetables and sauce.Read more ›
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on November 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jamie's zeal and energy are contagious. I caught his show on one recent Saturday morning and was hooked. I set his show immediately to DVR every Saturday. I made his Steamed Moroccan mussels from that initial viewing, and they were great, my kind of meal. I then ordered this cookbook. If you are a Foodie and/or cook, then you will have almost all of the ingredients you need for this book. I am an avid cook, and I am one with way too many cookbooks and plenty of ingredients. This is my first cookbook by Jamie so I have no way to compare it to his others. I like that there are a lot of pics along with the recipes (although some of them I must say look sloppy and at first blush, unappealing); and I like the metric system used bc I use my digital scale all the time, especially with flour. I made the coconut buns, uses coconut milk and self-rising flour, that's it; but this time I had the book in hand along with the DVR. I halved the recipe as I do the first time I make something new. You put the 2 ingredients in the food processor, but it did not make a dough ball like Jamie showed he got. It was wet paste. I had to keep adding flour until it made a cohesive ball to turn out--then I proceeded as one does in making biscuits, cut the log and put them into cupcake holders. I had to note in my book to add more flour or less coconut milk, the measurements were off...and I weighed the flour as given. That being said, the buns were now to be steamed in a bamboo steamer, which I don't own. But I do have a new digital Pressure Cooker with a Steam function, so I used that instead; and they cooked through and looked exactly as his. They tasted ok, like a biscuit. Although Jamie DID mention to steam them 10 mins. on the show, the book does not say that--it just says steam them 'hard.Read more ›
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