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5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Blends the Traditional With the Conventional in His New Masterpiece, October 19, 2009
This review is from: Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals (Hardcover)
Jamie Oliver's cookbook is beautiful. It is full color, complete with step-by-step pictures and easy to follow traditional recipes but with a definite twist. Jamie's cooking hook is that the recipes are fairly quick, good for you and easy. So easy in fact, that Jamie has rounded up a bunch of every day folks who would never consider themselves cooks and challenged them to cook the recipes in his book. He challenged them by teaching them how to make the dishes. Jamie believes that non-cooks can cook these meals and proves it by including some of these folks, in full-color glossy glory, with their now-mastered meals!

The result is brilliant. The reader is tempted, inspired, and motivated, just as I was last Sunday, when I attempted "The Perfect Roast" on page 192. I followed the recipe to the letter and served my family a delicious roast dinner complete with horseradish sauce, p.210 and evolution cucumber salad p.114. (note to Jamie, as you suggested I improvised and added bacon bits to the cucumber salad and it was delish!)

You see, Jamie's cookbook has a challenge attached to it. He wants folks to start cooking again in their own kitchens! So... he challenges his readers to "pass it on." He asks readers to try some of the recipes in his book and then teach someone else the recipes and so on and so on and so on, you get the idea. Although I will probably skip signing that actual pledge which you can find on his website at [...] I will continue to try delicious recipes from this book and will pass them on to my friends and family.

Some of the other recipes that look terrific: Classic Tomato Spaghetti, p.43, Hardly Any Prep Shrimp Stir Fry, p.66, the entire Chopped Salad section p.120-p.125, Baked Creamy Leeks, p.123, and Pork Kabobs, p.238. Oh heck, the entire cookbook is full of terrific recipes. The desserts, including the Mega Chocolate Fudge Cake, look pretty awesome, too. Jamie combines traditional cooking with conventional time and money constraints making this book a pleasure to work with. I also love that fact that Jamie tells us, with more gorgeous pictures, the equipment we will need to get back to cooking and the essential ingredients we will need to stock in the cupboard for cooking success. Cooking this Fall is going to be a breeze!
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Initial post: Apr 17, 2010 2:00:54 PM PDT
L. Jones says:
I liked your review! Can you tell me if this book has a spaghetti sauce recipe from this week's episode? It is the spaghetti sauce with lots of veggies in it, can't find it on Jamie's website or anywhere....if it is in this book, I will buy it!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2010 8:48:51 AM PDT
Lila B says:
The recipe for spaghetti/sauce on the ABC website for Jamie's show is *identical* to the one in the book on page 43. http://abc.go.com/shows/jamie-olivers-food-revolution/recipes/ThemeGallery/395764

I'm just starting to use the recipes and EVERYTHING has been great... the beef and guiness stew is to DIE for!

The book is lavish with photos and easy to follow...anyone, absolutely ANYONE can cook with this! Buy the book, you won't regret it.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 3:36:58 PM PDT
Lila is correct. The recipe for the spaghetti sauce is right there on page 43.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2010 3:41:16 PM PDT
Alex Ong says:
Thank you very much for the detail review Claudine - I look forward to reading it! Happy Mother's Day!
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