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JAMIE'S DINNERS: THE ESSENTIAL FAMILY COOKBOOK Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 3, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The Naked Chef grows up: Oliver, the ebullient British lad who enchanted the Friends generation of Food Network viewers, turns his focus from throwing impromptu dinner parties to cooking family meals and school lunches. As always, the emphasis is on tasty food that anyone can prepare—and the book's best sections are devoted to simple fare such as sandwiches and pasta, where Oliver brings new life to staples like grilled cheese, with his Double-Decker Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Pickled Onions and Potato Chips. The chef romps through shopping, kitchen tools, basic ingredients and core dishes, tying together his 120 recipes with the family-friendly theme of value for money. Readers already weary of Oliver's chipper British persona—the enthusiastic descriptions of everything from poached chicken to herb-infused salad as "genius" or "brilliant," the exhortations to eat more "veg," another "best" sausage and mash recipe—will not be won over by this fifth addition to the Oliver shelf. The extravagant package, which includes mouth-watering food shots, hand-drawn graphics and bright color text spreads, seems to include more photos of the chef and his family—photogenic wife Jools and children Poppy and Daisy—than of the dishes. But those who continue to be seduced by Oliver's infectious love of food and his cheerful narcissism will eagerly queue up at the cash register with a copy in hand.
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"...recipes to make Sunday nights at home with the kids the culinary equivalent of date night without them." -- New York Times
"Jamie's Dinners . . . is about making tasty, nutritious meals that are affordable, easy and time-efficient." -- BookPage
"The Naked Chef has grown up, and the result is delicious." -- The Patriot Ledger --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, Paula Wolfert, James Beard, and Diana Kennedy write great cookbooks from which I always learn something. Thus, it is always rewarding to read works from these writers. But, Jamie Oliver's books belong to a very select few which are not only educational, they actively make you want to put down the book and go to the kitchen and start cooking. The select group of writers who can do that for me is lead by Jacques Pepin and has recently been joined by Tony Bourdain along with Peter Reinhart, Chris Schlesinger, and his nibs, Jamie Oliver. Even my culinary idols Mario Batali and Alton Brown can't evoke my passion for cooking as well as Messers Pepin and Oliver.
Appropriate to this grouping of writers, Oliver's latest effort, `Jamie's Dinners, The Essential Family Cookbook' is a perfect companion to Jacques Pepin's latest work, `Fast Cooking My Way'. Both books highlight the way the two chefs cook at home, with the focus being as much on simplicity and readily available ingredients as on speed. As I rarely cook with the intention of being done quickly, but I do appreciate a simple dish with high rewards on the palate, Oliver's book promises AND delivers on exactly the kind of book I like to go to on a regular basis, just like Jacques' work.
The theme of Jamie's last book was wrapped around his effort to train 15 deserving unemployed young people and staff a restaurant, `15' with his graduates. This book is based on a similar socially active theme of improving school lunch meals. Jamie states that he has been doing a documentary on school food programs and how they may be improved.Read more ›
After trying the fish, I had a drive to try out some of the others so I tried his "Roast chicken with lemon and rosemary roast potatoes". Now... I make a great variety of roasted chicken dishes, complicated and simple, all BIG hits, and I really thought there was nothing new in the roasted chicken world, until this!!! Wow! My husband and I gorged the whole dish ALONE while quickly abandoning the fork and knife for our hands, licking our fingers every trip to the mouth! The recipe includes stuffing the chicken with garlic cloves and a pierced boiled lemon oozing it's juice...OH MY...speechless is the word! I recommend to eat this dish alone or with the hubby/wife, because it's too good to share with guests! It's our new favorite chicken roast (p.s-stick with fresh herbs, you'll taste the amazing difference!)
After two amazing triumphs with Jamie, I went on to "The ultimate burger and chips". Had it with the hubby and a friend. This burger should have been on that show Oprah had, where her friend explored the top 50 burgers to eat before you die! B-L-I-S-S!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed that this book was literally dirty. I did not want to read it.Published 6 months ago by Diane B. Klein
On a weekly basis I flip through this book to find a wholesome, healthy, delicious recipe to make. The recipes are delicious and the language used is descriptive, readable and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mitchell R Andrisevic
Have used many recipes from this cookbook, and they have all turned out great. Easy to follow recipes, most are fairly easy to prep, nutritious and taste great! Read morePublished 15 months ago by kdangeruss
This book is amazing.
I usually have 20 minutes to make dinner and like eating nice food. You know what that meant? Takeaway! Read more