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2 July 2009

Jamie Oliver invites you to Cook With Jamie.

'I can't tell you how long I've dreamt about writing this book. It's the biggest book I've ever done, and I've really tried to make it a timeless, modern-day classic. Whether you're a student, a young couple, an established cook or a novice, I'll take you through a whole load of simple and accessible recipes that will blow the socks off your family and any guests you might have round for dinner. There's information on the equipment that I think you should have in your kitchen, advice on how to recognize and cook loads of different cuts of meat, as well as on how to get the best value and quality when you're out shopping.

'You know what ... if you're going to eat three times a day for the rest of your life, you might as well learn to cook properly and enjoy it! So, roll up your sleeves and let me help you. Now is the time for you to get stuck in and reclaim your fantastic cooking heritage!'

Cook With Jamie is the classic, bestselling cookbook by Jamie Oliver.

'There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook' Delia Smith

Jamie Oliver's career started as a chef at the River Café, where he was quickly spotted by the television company that made him famous as The Naked Chef. He has since published a huge range of bestselling cookery books, including The Naked Chef, The Return of the Naked Chef, Happy Days with the Naked Chef, Jamie's Dinners, Jamie Does, Jamie's Ministry of Food, Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie at Home, Jamie's Italy, Jamie's Great Britain, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals and Jamie's 15-Minute Meals.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141019700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141019703
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents' pub, the Cricketers, at the age of eight, and has gone on to work with some of the world's top chefs. He founded Fifteen restaurant in London and the associated charity, Fifteen Foundation, which trains disadvantaged young people to become chefs. There are now Fifteen restaurants in Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne. Jamie has also launched a chain of high street restaurants in the UK called Jamie's Italian. Jamie writes for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own Jamie Magazine.

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About the Author

Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents' pub, The Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex.

In 2002 he founded Fifteen restaurant in London and the associated charity the Fifteen Foundation. There are now three other Fifteen restaurants worldwide. Jamie has also recently started up the Jamie's Italian chain of high street restaurants. In 2005 Jamie led a campaign to improve the quality of school dinners in the UK and through the Feed Me Better campaign caused the government to substantially change its policy towards school food, increasing funding and putting new, nutritious menus in every school. He lives in London and Essex with his wife and children.

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE
This is the seventh book from everyone's favourite mockney celebrity chef, and anyone who owns the likes of The Naked Chef or Jamie's Dinners will know what to expect: Jamie's jovial, conversational-style of writing, a lovely, clear lay-out, tantalising, mouthwatering photographs, and recipes that straddle the great divide between haute cuisine and decent, down-to-earth grub. So, what does this book offer that's new?

Well, firstly, at over 400 pages, Cook With Jamie appears to have been conceived as a more comprehensive cook book than previous efforts, as he covers everything from basic salads all the way through to desserts, even revisiting some of the chapters from earlier books (Making your own pasta, Risotto). Secondly, each section has an introduction of its own, including a list of 'Top tips' and a bullet-point guide to being a better ingredients shopper. Some of it may seem bleedin' obvious but it's great for the newcomer and worth reminding yourself of if you've been out of the game for a while. Finally - and most importantly! - it offers some very inventive and scrumptious-sounding new dishes, of which my favourite are:

'Gorgeous slow-cooked duck pasta'
'Pan-fried scallops with lentils, crispy pancetta and lemon creme fraiche'
'Grilled spatchcocked chicken with new potatoes, roast asparagus and herby yoghurt'

The recipes vary from the ridiculously simple (see: Return of egg salad, Prawn cocktail, Jools' favourite Saturday afternoon pasta) to the rather more time-consuming and complex (anything with crab or lobster...) and there are entire sub-chapters devoted to carrots, peas, broccoli and cauliflower!

Matt Pucci
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Food Made Easy 9 Feb 2007
I bought this book as my new years resolution was to learn to cook. Who better to turn to than Mr Oliver? To start with, there are absolutely loads of recipes to try out, you could spend a very long time trying to decide what next to cook! Its always good to have variety, and Cook has this in spades. My first recipe attempt went disastrously wrong (sausage fusilli) but whether this was because we broiught the wrong sausages or because its not a great recipe i dont know, but we werent very keen! However, everything else we've cooked from this book has been a success. The meatballs were delicious and nicely spiced, the fish wrapped in bacon was yummy and surprisingly filling, and the home made custard is beyond words. Its so good and so hard to stop eating- calorific but the nicest thing i've eaten in a long while! Every recipe has a mouthwatering picture and there are tons of tips from shopping for meat to how to kill a lobster. If you want to learn to cook then this is a must buy-simple recipes that taste very very good!(apart from the sausage fusilli!)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamie does it again! 14 Dec 2006
I'm not very experienced in the cooking department and as a huge fan of Jamie Oliver i reckoned this must be the book for me. I wasn't wrong! As ever Jamie is easy to understand and seems sincere in his desire to make you, the reader, a better cook. I agree with a previous reviewer that his quantities are a bit off (the 15 Chocolate Tart makes enough pastry to fill 2 cases) and i've been a little disappointed with his baking recipes (the aforementioned chocolate tart was a nightmare to make and i had to fiddle with the amounts of flour and cooking times, in the end it tasted alright though). However i still love this book, it's really practical - with sections on buying and preparing meat, fish, poultry and herbs, sharpening knives and kitchen dos and don'ts - and his savoury recipes are wonderful as always.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and great food! 14 Oct 2006
I got this book last week and as soon as I opened it inspired me to invite my whole family round for sunday lunch! (something i have NEVER done before lol)

I baked my first cake, made my first pavalova, and cooked a beautiful meal following several of the meat and vegetables recipes! Everyone loved it and I really enjoyed cooking it!

The book looks amazing and the food tastes even better! Think this would make a lovely christmas present for someone who is interested in learning more about cooking!
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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, simplist book of Jamie Oliver so far 25 Oct 2006
All though all of Jamie's books are good, there were all complicated to follow. There were to many this and that's and the ingredients were expensive. But now, as the book says; this helps you become a better cook. The ingredients are easy to get; they are simple things like common vegetables and meats that are not too expensive. The book is easy to follow, the foods are simple yet different in their own little ways, and still lovely.

Maybe some people that have loved Jamie's past books will be slightly disappointed with this one, but I wouldn't have thought so. This book is for new coming cooks that want to prepare a meal for any number of people. Jamie concentrates on everything in this book, loads of different food types: meaty main courses, desserts, veggie meals and even how to make simple fruit and veg better to eat.

I am now third of the way through this book (I haven't cooked everything) and all of the meals that I have followed in this book so far are excellent. The really important thing is that the recipes turn out just like the pictures provided, they are that simple to follow that they are always just like what they are supposed to look and taste like.

I would recommend this book to ANY inexperienced cook, or even a experienced one. This book is fantastic, even though the recipes are simple, and the food is not expensive, the meals are brilliant. This is to improve your everyday food, and there are even some tips on the techniques of making the food. This book is one of my best cooking guides. A must buy.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book in a great condition!
Published 9 days ago by aldebaranuletul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cooking Education
Brilliant to learn more about food basics (meat cuts, fish, spices & herbs) plus recipies. First Jamie book that I would buy.
Published 3 months ago by Tony Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like helpful details, this book is pretty good...
Really good book, great service, speedy delivery, I personally haven't made full use of all of Jamie's lovely tips and it's a very heavy book, but all the same there are some good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tarryn
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect!
Jamie's awesome and his book is so big. I didn't realise it was going to hold that much. It's truly great with a lot of good recipes, tips and tricks :)
Published 5 months ago by Amelie Fröjd
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Jamie books
I have made almost everything in this book, and all are just wonderful. Great healthy meals with stunning flavours, perfect if you are a weight watcher and need to stay on track,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Helen Hyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes
Some really Good recipes in here the only thing I think that lets it down is the way its presented which is odd for a JO book
Published 7 months ago by Ollie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Oliver cook book
This Is a very well written book , it has lots if easy to follow recipes that I will use for my family and friends in the future.
Published 8 months ago by Hindlewakes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ole Essex boy comes up trumps again!
A very useful recipe book to keep in the kitchen. Some good recipes for lamb in this one. Packed full of useful tips and information.
Published 11 months ago by Mosie of Southend
4.0 out of 5 stars Present for partner.
Bought this book as a gift for my partner. Recently visited a friends house and he was caught browsing the book shelf! Read more
Published 12 months ago by SS86
5.0 out of 5 stars I dont remember buying this!
Now I am confused! I dont remember buying this or not even receiving this at home! :O Crazy Crazy Crazy
Published 14 months ago by deborah felicio
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