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Jamie's Dinners: The Essential Family Cookbook Hardcover – November 3, 2004
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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
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Top customer reviews
I usually have 20 minutes to make dinner and like eating nice food. You know what that meant? Takeaway! Unfortunately, you can only do that for so long before you start feeling kind of gross. I checked this book out from the library. I kept it for 9 months (checked it out 3 times) before I finally decided to buy my very own copy to mangle. Since I'm a librarian, I feel ok saying that in public. ;)
I use it every week- usually several times a week.
*The ingredient lists are both brief and findable in basic grocery stores. If there is something exotic (like Taleggio cheese) something simpler will do (like fontina). My nearest fancy grocer is an hour away, so basic is key!
*The preparation methods are simple and the recipes are written in steps.
*The results are delicious and way healthier than takeaway.
Without exception, everything I've made has been a hit.
Now I reach for lemons and the pepper mill in stead of salt. No, really. I was blown away- but I tried short cutting it with very nice bottled lemon juice: nope. You absolutely need to squeeze fresh. I know, I know... but believe me- 10 seconds with a basic tool and you have a game changer. Getting out a *juicer*- well, I never would. This is especially helpful as I try to eat more fish. I'm terrible with fish, but I can make this fish in this book... and it tastes lovely... and if you follow the directions, you will have no leftovers.
In a surprise twist, this book is the section on sarnies/sandwiches (or sammiches in my house). I know it says dinners, but once you let that go, there's a whole delicious world out there. You may even have sarnies for dinner/tea.
Since I started actually reading Jamie Oliver's books (why didn't I do this when I was younger??), I actually shop *less* and more sensibly. Best of all, there is less waste. Who doesn't love that? The bummer is that I won't go back to those long, complicated, expensive recipes. Oh well! More time for me!
Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Dinners delivers in droves. I purchased this and his My Guide to Making You a Better Cook atthe same time. I havent opened the second one because I have become so enamoured with this one. I have had the books for about a week, and I have cooked out of Jamie's Dinner every night. The results have been delicious.
The recipes are clear, and still conversational. You can tell to a point he cooks by feel, and he lets you get away with it as well. There's also a good deal of experimentation, and twists on old favorites in here. All are lovely.
Another great thing is that the recipes are easy, with non strange, or hard to come by ingredients. (Granted living out in the boondocks makes for a few challenges, but still..)
A fantastic cookbook. It's one you really will want to cook out of every day, and one that will inspire you to cook more and become more acquainted with your food.
Everything in here is exceptional. Recommended without hesitation.
I think it would be helpful though to put together a set of weekly menus for the family so we can understand what to buy at the shops and how to repurpose leftovers (or simply put them towards other meals in creative ways).
I received the book from my sister and already offered it to some friends - novice or not - all really liked the recipes. The photos are not everybody's taste though - that's why I am not giving 5 stars.