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Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.33
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meals in Minutes or "jamie's 30-minute meals", 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. To make this book fun and easy to use, it will be helpful to read the meal or recipe instructions in advance, to help you plan out the various steps and to have all equipment at the ready when you need it. If approached this way, this book will deliver many new ideas for home cooked meals to your lunch or dinner table, or to take to school and work. I have found that I can prepare most of Jamie Oliver's meals in 30 to 45 minutes, but it certainly will take some practice for those still learning to cook to set up all needed tools, equipment and ingredients in advance to allow for an efficient flow during preparation.

Overall I think this is a good book, and I am sure my wife and children will appreciate the many new ideas coming to our dinner table or their lunch box soon.

Interesting to note is the change of the title of this book depending on the market you are in. On Jamie Oliver's website for the British book market it is listed as "Jamie's 30-minute meals", while the U.S. version shipped through Amazon is titled "Meals in Minutes". The later title is perhaps a little more accurate, as it will be a challenging for most to actually serve the featured meals in 30 minutes flat.
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