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Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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Initially the idea behind the purchase was that maybe my boyfriend, who works on contract and is thus frequently by himself and/or always eating out, might enjoy some simple meals at home and maybe pick up some new techniques/ideas.
However, as of yet, this cookbook has not left my house, and invariably every weekend we find ourselves headed out to the market to buy local ingredients to try something new.
First off, he's French, and obviously eats meat - and he even remarked how much he's learned from the quick guides at the beginning of each section on choosing meats and preparing them.
But what really potentially "shocked" me the most, were the vegetable dishes we've tried in this book. I have been a vegetarian for 10+ years, and I have a wealth of cooking implements and cookbooks. I expected, you know, "ok" dishes, and yet every time I have been blown away by what we've cooked - every recipe thus far has become a favourite - and must repeat.
The Tomato Salad, for instance, good god. To think I've only eaten vegetables all this time and never tasted a tomato like that. The Honeycomb Canneloni - blew my mind. I honestly snuck back into the kitchen later to eat the leftovers.
This book turned out not to be a last minute Christmas gift, but potentially the most used gift I have ever given. We've had such a blast cooking with this every weekend, and the recipes always deliver and are creatable by somewhat novices :).
Absolutely ecstatic I bought this :).
Anyhow, what I simply love about this particular cookbook are all of Jamie's wonderful HINTS and GOOD INFORMATION that Jamie lays out for the reader at the very beginning of each Chapter and also within each sub-category.
Because I've seen Jamie on TV so many times, I am very familiar with his (rather cute) lingo, such as "dollop" and "knob",for example. His lingo does not turn me off,as some have stated, but rather, I like his way of speaking because it makes Jamie seem more REAL to me! .....And because Jamie projects such an approachable personality, the readers (and TV viewers) are, of course, instantly drawn to him and his cooking style.
YES, there is a photo of every single recipe, and YES, that is a good thing!....As another commentator stated, "there is alot to be said for photos of every recipe".
Some of the recipes would be hard for a beginner to duplicate , or even to comprehend. For example, "The Squash Sage and Amaretti Risotto" would be a difficult recipe for a beginner cook to visualize. Yes, the photos are tantilizing, however, some of the combinations may be hard to phathom (from a novice cook's perspective). Another example is the "Squid with Black Pudding stuffing and sticky tomato sauce" (hum???), or the "Perfectly Cooked Crispy Duck with Spiced Plum Chutney". Would a beginner "get it" or be turned off? (Just something for beginners to keep in mind).
However, if a reader of this book has seen Jamie actually cook on TV and has seen how his chosen flavors can actually "work", then MOST of the recipes in this book are very doable,FUN,and exciting!Read more ›
At 447 pages, plus fabric bookmark sewn into the spine, this is obviously a serious book, especially since it lacks some of the graphical razzle dazzle and cutie pictures which have cluttered some of Oliver's books in the past. As Jamie himself says, this almost seems like it should be his first book instead of his seventh. Oliver even goes so far as to hope he has created `a timeless, modern-day classic' manual on how to cook.
The book has much which would qualify it for consideration as a `timeless classic'. Unfortunately, the bar for `timeless culinary classics' is pretty high, set, among others, by Oliver's compatriots, Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Claudia Roden, and Nigel Slater. So, while I don't believe it achieves those Olympian goals, it is still a very, very good cookbook, especially for younger readers and students.
The thing which sets Oliver apart from practically everyone else who chants the `fresh, seasonal, organic, local' mantra is that Oliver is committed to these principals in his heart and soul. He is not just repeating a party line. And, that commitment jumps off of almost every page in this book. This and his overall `joie de vivre' are simply infectious, and they bring his cookbooks alive with enthusiasm. Like many of his other books, especially `jamie's Italy' and `jamie's kitchen', one is almost surprised at how many original culinary insights one encounters on his pages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband is using this book as a guide to "building" his kitchen tool kit; one pan, knife, and gadget at a time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CWU Sociology
There are some recipes in here that are suitable for any level of cook or chef. Well laid out photographs with nicely described instructions as Jamie is so incredibly adept at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by z3dsdead
Good book. Did not go into as much detail about techniques as I thought it would.Published 2 months ago by Jim
Truly one of the best home cook essentials specially for guys.Published 7 months ago by V. Espinola
Saddened by how this isn't user friendly. I loved the Food Revolution book for its simple recipes and clear organization. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve-o