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Jamie's America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics, and More Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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I've been a fan of Jamie Oliver's cooking since his early "Naked Chef" days, and have enjoyed many of his recipes. Though I don't own every one of his cook books (most of them, though, as well as his iPhone app, which I really like!), I really thought the concept of this one sounded interesting. So I gifted this to myself for the holidays. I absolutely love the variety of the recipes in this book! You find classics like the "Waldorf Salad", Chicken noodle soup (lovingly called "Jewish Penicillin" in the book - so good that my husband and kids have already requested me to make this one three times in the 1+ week I've had this book!), "Deep-Pan Pizza" (delicious!), or pork ribs (haven't tried them yet, but his rub and BBQ sauce sound delicious!). He even has some desserts strewn in there ("Peach Cobbler", "Chocolate Rocky Road", "Velvet Cupcakes", or "Peach Ice Cream", for example).
But then you also find these great region specific recipes ("Collard greens, turnips & pork", or "Southern Pecan & Apple Salad" - doesn't that just scream "Southern" to you?).Read more ›
It's a beautifully produced book with terrific pictures (except for the 85 -- count 'em -- annoying photos of Jamie Oliver popping up everywhere like a self-satisfied Flat Stanley wistfully staring at the horizon). The recipes I've cooked have been his usual high standard for abundant flavor. The Astoria Soup has been the best, but I threw in some chopped lamb to give it more substance. Traybaked chicken was good, and we used the leftover sauce and potatoes as a soup base.
Having said that, I personally will not buy the book. I can't find enough recipes I want to cook to justify the price or the shelf space. There are way too many desserts and salads for my family. And there are many recipes for regional or difficult-to-find meats: alligator, venison, pork skin, quail. There are too few recipes for vegetables. My plan is to photocopy the five or ten recipes that work for my family before returning the book to the library, because the ones that work, REALLY work well.
Now, if you're not familiar with Jamie Oliver cookbooks, you may also want to see whether you will be put off by his writing. I go back and forth with this. I like his measuring system: "a glug of olive oil," "four handfuls of greens," "a handful of manchego cheese." That makes sense. And I like it when he writes of chicken that "if the juices run clear, you're laughing.Read more ›
Jamie's America is a cookbook that is written from someone who is not from America, but enjoys the food that it has given for culinary cuisine. This cookbook isn't just an ordinary "Southern" "Cajun" or whichever area in the USA cookbook. This is one that joined together some fun recipes that Jamie enjoyed while visiting New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia, and the Wild West.
Jamie's America is a big, colorful cookbook that has scrumptious recipes that make you wish they could be brought to life with some form of a magic wand. Unfortunately, that hasn't been developed yet, so you have to do it the old fashioned way and actually cook it.
Some of my favorite recipes included in this cookbook:
* New York: Waldorf Salad, NYC Cheesecake
* Louisiana: Down `N' Dirty Cajun Rice, Chicken Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya
* Arizona: Rustic Tortilla Soup, Cinnamon Orchata
* Los Angeles: Beautiful Breakfast Tortillas, Chocolate Rocky Road
* Georgia: Red Pepper Summer Soup, Beer Butt Chicken
* Wild West: Awesome Wild Pancakes
Jamie's America is really a cookbook that gives a diverse group of recipes that may be new to you, and some may just be updates to some of the classics. Either way, it is a great book that can perhaps bring inspiration to your very own kitchen to start cooking some new favorites.
* Thank you to the publisher of Jamie's America, Hyperion, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots and lots of photos - more than the recipes. Recipes are unusual and he definitely dug for them from the unique population in the USA. Read morePublished 8 days ago by L.May
I purchased this book over a year ago from Barnes and Noble for about $8.00. It's a very good cookbook and educational and fund to read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LBR
My husband bought this. I think tries to be fancier than he needs to be when cooking "American" food.Published 9 months ago by F&Iris
I like to listen to Jamie's presentations on eating healthy, so I got this book. It isn't as simple as I had hoped, but still interesting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joanne G. Melear
great meals, chicken soup is great ! beautiful pictures. ,great book.!!!!!Good instructions to cooking meals.Published 17 months ago by karin morgan