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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156817
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,326 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marianne on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jamie's Great Britain is jam-packed with interesting takes on British dishes both familliar (Toad-in-the-Hole, Fish Pie, Victoria Sponge, Scotch Eggs, Yorkshire pud) and esoteric or eccentric (Welsh Surf & Turf of lamb and lobster, White Pepper Skate, Roast Quail Skewers with Celeriac & Fennel, Oysters Three Ways) plus some nostalgic (St Clement's Cake, Retro Arctic Roll, Trifle).

Many local specialties are represented, such as Cornish Pasties, Cranachan, Welsh Cakes, "King of Mash" Irish Champ, and Clootie Dumpling, all with a twist or two. Afternoon tea and cricket matches get a look-in with Earl Grey Tea Loaf, Eccles Cakes and some interesting variations on shortbread (lemon thyme-vanilla, lavender & honey). And there are introductions to local folks with their own small businesses, such as Wilkins Cider, Westcombe Cheddar, Arbroath Smokies and Mark's Bread. Some nice condiments and menu suggestions, too.

Jamie talks about the many cultural influences on British cooking and tosses a bit of history in with some of these dishes. There's a visit to the Lea & Perrins factory, for instance, and cooking with the Yemeni community of Cardiff. Add an unobtrusive undercurrent of sustainability - the reader is gently reminded that in the UK, certain less familliar fish like coley or gurnard taste wonderful in place of scarce cod, and prawns should be responsibly sourced; allotments are celebrated with photos and recipes.

Lots of nice salads, soups, veg, Sunday roasts, scrummy puds, a chapter on the seaside and a chapter on "wild food" i.e. game and foraging, plus my favourite, a chapter on breakfasts. This is a UK cookbook and all measurements are to UK standards - if cooking in the USA you'll need to translate them to US standards.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Oetjen on June 13, 2012
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This book has amazing color photos of the finished recipe presentations. In many instances a brief history of the dish's origin is included. The recipes are authentic traditional British fare and are splendidly prepared with exacting instructions. A must have for any serious chef's library.
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By Desert_Wind on October 22, 2014
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Everything British everything good with all the stories. I like it that some of the recipes come with Healthy options. I'm really happy that this book is akin to the Naked Chef days without a hint of the pink slime.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor VINE VOICE on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I check out new cookbooks from the library before I commit to buying one (something I wish I had done years ago as my collection is huge now). This book caught my eye and I have always enjoyed watching Mr. Oliver on cooking shows. He has great enthusiasm and happiness. While I did enjoy looking through the beautiful photos of some scenes of Great Britain, and reading about things like Jamie growing up in a pub, I didn't enjoy this cookbook. I didn't come across any recipes I would like to try, and I was distracted by things in the list of ingredients calling for "knobs" of butter. And I don't feel like some of the recipe had enough detail in them, and would have been hard to pull off.
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