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Happy Days with the Naked Chef Hardcover – October 9, 2002
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Although I have known folks who cringe at Jamie's cavalier "handful of this, heap of that " style of measuring, I found that he has grown a little less ambiguous as time goes on and the recipes in this book reflect that growth and precision. Another small thing I found very helpful (as the wife of a vegan): the index of the book kindly flags vegetarian dishes, making it easy to sort quickly through options for restricted diets. Whether you're an old fan of Jamie's shows or a new convert, this is a great addition to any kitchen library.
At the risk of laying it on just a little too thick, I really believe Oliver shows the kind of passion about good food and cooking which I have seen in very few other TV culinary personalities. Stopping short of a comparison with Julia Child, as Saint Julia did say she couldn't quite understand him most of the time, I would compare his enthusiasm with that of Mario Batali and Jacques Pepin, although he does not have the depth of technique of Jaques or the extensive knowledge of local Italian cuisines as Mario.
Oliver does not simply dedicate to his children for schmaltz value as he devotes a sizable section of the book on the value and attitudes to use when cooking with your kids. These few pages alone are worth the price of the book. Emeril just published a whole book on techniques for cooking with your kids, and as good a job as he did in telling you how to do it, Jamie does a much better job of telling you why you do it and what benefits will arise from the effort.Read more ›
I have gotten more useful ideas from him on making fast heavenly healthy dishes with not too many ingredients. His food is heavy on fresh ingredients, olive oil, and fresh herbs. If you love to cook fine food and want more quick food ideas, or if you have no clue how to cook and want to start, this is a wonderful book.
The first two recipes I tried from this (a roast of lamb, and a beef stew, both with plenty of vegetables) were simple to understand and prepare, had longer cooking times than prep times, and were the best recipes of their kind that I had ever tried, and I have a very large and very good cookbook collection! I look forward to cooking my way through the rest of it.
I also love the pictures - usually a book with such beautiful food photography has turned out to either have mediocre or ridiculously complicated recipes! Neither is the case here. I must also say that the dishes I turned out looked wonderful as well as tasting wonderful, with no special effort on my part.
I also have to praise him for his ongoing support and promotion of organic meat and vegetables!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jamie Oliver is often misunderstood, but a brave little sausage for taking on how US school children are fed by cost accounting, not by nutrition. Read morePublished 6 months ago by NYC Oracle
Jamie continues to seduce your tastebuds in this brilliant book. As fans know, he strips down recipes to their basics with passion and innovation. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J.P.
Jamie Oliver's easy breezy style can lighten the mood for cooking and the uncomplicated but fresh looking recipes are tempting for a mid-week meal. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by MsGinger