- Hardcover: 287 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780718154776
- ISBN-13: 978-0718154776
- ASIN: 0718154770
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
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In his new book, "Jamie's 30-Minute Meals", Jamie proves that, by mastering a few tricks and being organized and focused in the kitchen, it is absolutely possible, and easy, to get a complete meal on the table in the same amount of time you'd normally spend making one dish! The 50 brand-new meal ideas in this book are exciting, varied and seasonal. They include main course recipes with side dishes as well as puddings and drinks, and are all meals you'll be proud to serve your family and friends. Jamie has written the recipes in a way that will help you make the most of every single minute in the kitchen. This book is as practical as it is beautiful, showing that with a bit of preparation, the right equipment and some organization, hearty, delicious, quick meals are less than half an hour away. You'll be amazed by what you're able to achieve.
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- Most of the 'recipes' contain both a main course (with side dishes), and a dessert which is a nice twist
- The recipes are balanced and very nutritious with the gratuitous use of fresh ingredients which I like
- Jamie, unlike other celebrity chefs, utilises pretty normal ingredients that you'll either have in your cupboard or can easily buy
- There are plenty of recipes for vegetarians, fish and meat lovers
- The recipes are varied - ranging from pasta, currys, salads, soup and risottos etc
- The 'Contents' page is bizarre. It consists of two pages with long lists of recipes on both, with no easily discernible sections (see photo). It took me a while to realise that the change in text colour had some loose meaning; Green text is vegetarian, purple is Italian, orange is chicken and fish, and blue is red meat.
- There is no way that these meals can be cooked in 30 minutes. He says that you need to organise all of your equipment beforehand, but to me, this IS part of the meal preparation.
- The 'method' is rather odd. Instead of telling you how to prepare each dish in the recipe and letting you decide the order in which you would like to make them, he lumps them all together. This means that you are preparing them all at the same time, so you are jumping from one dish to another constantly.
Still a good book though, with some tasty recipes.
The meals are all really well balance and you always end up with lots of tasty things on your plate which taste amazing on their own, but even better together.
The recipes are laid out really cleverly so that they are in task order to help you get them done as quick as possible.
My best tip for these recipes is to get everything you need - ingredients and equipment - out and organised by each part of the dish.
The first time you to these recipes you won't get them done in 30 mins, but once you've done them a couple of times you'll get in the swing and nearer to the 30 min mark.
I highly recommend the mushroom risotto and the greek chicken. Yum!
Current favourites are the spinach and filo tart, vegetable rogan josh, quick ragu, piri piri chicken (complete with Portuguese custard tarts!) and the amazing cheats' pizza (seriously, this one does only take about 30 minutes without the desert). I can also be good to take some of the salads or deserts to serve with other meals.
I've bought this book for several other people as presents and everyone I know loves it. I think this is definitely the superior book to 15 minute meals and it is backed by the complete set of programs available to watch on 4OD if you need clarification on how to do things.
I read the introduction and the beginnign of the book first to understand how things work. Went to the trouble of re-arranging the kitchen and buying a few bits of kit and a food processor to make my life easier. It is also worth building up the ingredients and not "making do", becasue the meals are so tasty and different. Best money I have spent in a long time.
Jamie's rustic approach to presentation will not appeal to those who want their food to look like works of art, In the same way, his ad hoc measuring of ingredients will not appeal to those who like the precision of cooks like Delia Smith. Jamie's approach is geared to fast prep and having the food on the table ready to eat in double quick time.
The test of food is ultimately about the taste and here Jamie scores high with big flavours and textures in his dishes. His dishes are also low in calories, healthy and nutritious which is what we need for every day meals. If you want lots of red meat and rich sauces then you need to look elsewhere.
This book is great. Its crammed full of easy to do (maybe not everyone will agree with this statement) recipes which are all under 30 mins. Great when you want something tasty in a short space of time. There are beautiful pictures showing you the preparation and once the dish has completed. My wife has found the recipes themselves easy to follow albeit sometimes this can be more than 30 minutes. Having said all that - once you have done them several times, you can quickly up the pace. The book offers a varied selection across 50 recipes and there is something in there for everyone. At £13, a great buy.
People may be put off this book because it is promoting complete menus for meals. You can also use it to cook individual recipes. However, it is invaluable as a way of teaching you how to be organised in your kitchen.
The recipes are good and frequently look much more complicated than they are. It is an excellent source of quick and gorgeous puddings. The red fruit granita is especially wonderful and completely foolproof. There are also lots of innovative salad recipes that can be adapted all sorts of different ways.
If you like good, satisfying and delicious food that is quick and easy to prepare, this is the book for you.
I was recommended this book by a work mate and I'm so pleased with it. It has opened a whole world of cooking to me. I threw myself whole heatedly at it and went and bought the cooking equipment and utensils as advised at the start of the book.
How people complain about this book is beyond me? As long as you following the instructions to the letter rather than doing what you think should be done, I don't see how you can go wrong! Trust in Jamie (That's why he is a pro chef and you're shopping on Amazon)
The longest time it has taken me to prepare a meal is 54 mins and that included running to the shop to get gas as it had run out! That was as total beginner.
Most of the dishes have deserts included (which I love!), if you don't wish to have a desert just ignore that part and move on. Again, I don't know why this causes such an issue with some people.
Some of the dishes can be expensive for the first time, but once you have most of the ingredients you can use them over and over again. I now have an impressive range of spices, oils and condiments that crop up through out all of Jamie's books.
Just do EXACTLY what the book says and you will be not be disappointed!
PS. If you want to try a British detective who enjoys food here's one: The Cleansing (DCI Tom Caton Manchester Crime Novels)