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Jamie's 30-Minute Meals Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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So far, we've loved every single salad we've tried from this cookbook, such as the almond & carrot salad on the Rogan Josh page (a particular favorite), the ribboned cucumber salad (another favorite), the spinach, pine nut & cucumber salad, the beetroot & feta salad, the zucchini/courgette & mozzarella salad, and the kimchee slaw.
The majority of the main dishes are vegetarian, chicken or fish with a few more expensive cuts like steak but we wished he had offered more variations of ground lamb and ground beef. We like his chicken main dish recipes most, particularly the creamy mustard chicken, the killer jerk chicken and the easy oven chicken but not the piri piri chicken.
The book is much more usable now we've seen several of the TV episodes in each of which Jamie actually cooks - seemingly within 30 minutes of real time - everything from one chosen page of this book. The book is a series of 50 complete meals with specific step-by-step instructions on how to make it all happen at the same time.
Each meal is set out on one page, with the ingredients and instructions for everything needed: usually there's a main dish and one or two side vegetables/salads plus a starch/carbohydrate like bread, potato or rice - and quite often even a clever "cheat's" dessert. The instructions jump between the dishes, telling you what to start first, and exactly when during the half hour you should take each step - for all the dishes of that meal.Read more ›
In his cooking, this UK cook use an interesting concept, including tips how to make several things in parallel that would result in complete meal. Although it sounds very interesting, his teaching is not always easy to follow that result in a bit more time needed for his recipes' preparation.
Therefore, whole book is more oriented towards people who already have more advanced skills in kitchen but can be also interesting to those who want to learn and improve their skills, especially considering preparation of entire meals for more than one person, because most of recipes inside are written for 4 people.
The cookbook is also oriented to people who don't have in restrictions in their diet, although they are several included that will be interesting for vegetarians or vegans.
He isn't restrictive about particular cooking type, in his book he included recipes that can be connected to usual Western cuisine, but also Thailand, Asian, Mexican, Chinese and other cooking styles.
I see that as his great virtue, promoting not only one ethnic group, but dishes from all around the world.
Overall, this is an interesting cookbook with slightly different cooking approach that requires a bit advanced cooking skills than usual, or lot of practice until you'll be able to achieve his timing.
Nevertheless, it could be recommend for your own practice or as great gift for someone who would like to learn some advanced cooking but don't have enough time for it.
And that sounds almost like to anyone...
I did notice that one of the big differences between finding/sourcing ingredients here versus in the UK (or at Irish grocery stores that I am familiar with such as Superquin and the UK Marks & Spencer) is that packages are usually larger. You don't often find a small 250 gram sack of rice - we are jumbo size! And whole tinned tomatoes (Jools Favorite Pasta) usually come in giant 32 oz cans rather than the smaller ones. Oh well. I make very good use of the bulk bins at Whole Foods. There are also some differences in the names of the cuts of beef and a few veggies - just goole it if you really get stuck and don't know that aubergine and eggplant are the same thing. And Jamie's readers also have ready access to Marks & Spencer which is a high-end grocery story that stocks TONS of excellent prepared ingredients that are only starting to become common over here. I haven't seen cooked beets anywhere except for Whole Foods and that was a new product.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the series on television and was prompted to buy the book. Good browsing stuff! I have tried some of recipes and they work well although i don't remember ever making the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Cookie
Excellent recipes that are, fast, flavorful, and fun. Jamie's approach to efficient cooking techniques have made him one of my favorite two cooking authors. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Barrett R. Williams
It's not just different recipes put together. This book will show you how to prepare full feast.Published 6 months ago by Pete S
A great cooking book for those who don't know how to cook and even husbands can use it.Published 8 months ago by AZ
I completely enjoy this cookbook. The recipes are great. I also...maybe even prefer...The 15 Minute Cookbook.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a gift. I have the videos and I thought the book must be good! :) Thank you for speedy delivery!Published 14 months ago by Paula Stephens