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Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook [Hardcover]

Jamie Oliver
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Book Description

5 Oct 2006

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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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718147715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718147716
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,285 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 has worked with some of the world’s top chefs and now runs his own restaurant, Fifteen. He lives in London with his wife Jools and their two daughters. Penguin published his previous books: The Naked Chef, The Return of the Naked Chef, Happy Days with the Naked Chef, Jamie’s Kitchen, Jamie’s Dinners and Jamie’s Italy.

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88 of 89 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver is Coming of Age 13 Sep 2007
Mr Oliver is a rare beast - a British popular chef who is big in France. His books are translated and he even gets on TV. "School Dinners" even spawned an imitator - this in a country where most children sit down to three course lunches in the school canteen.

The book is written with great confidence, as though Oliver has really settled into the rôle of teacher, not just of Chef. Some of the recipes are just brilliant, my favourite being "Mad Moroccan Lamb" but I agree with the comments made already that the cake departement is a little wanting, which is the reason behind the four rather than five stars.

The accompanying photographs to each recipe are generally excellent - there's nothing like having a picture to compare your results against - but the diagrams of which cut comes from where on a cow, sheep, etc really could have been better.

I confess that I find the "wotcher mate!" style of some passages a little irritating. Oliver really no longer has any need to be a cult personality since he most certainly has arrived. A very worthwhile addition to the shelf, however. I imagine that the French market will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good thank you :-)
Published 12 days ago by A. Hamilton-Gibney
4.0 out of 5 stars but I like his ideas and the salad ideas are interesting
Haven't used it that much yet, but I like his ideas and the salad ideas are interesting.
Published 12 days ago by P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by Diana Breitmaier
2.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my son, who likes cooking ...
I bought this for my son, who likes cooking , likes Jamie and has moved to Paris. It has interesting and delicious recipes, although it is not what I expected from the title!
Published 1 month ago by Claire Turp
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great simple instruction. A comprehensive buy. Very pleased with it!
Published 1 month ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We've used this as our main cook book for years
Published 1 month ago by Mr. C. T. Dunderdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good condition and exactly as described
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Sarah J Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars but it's still a useful book.
As a vegetarian there's a lot that's not relevent, but it's still a useful book.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen M Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I'm a huge fan of Jamie's work, so I loved this book. I like the personal touch that Jamie puts in his work. The best thing is that it's not just a book full of recipes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Notna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service - fast delivery
Just great! Very pleased with the quality of my purchase.
Published 2 months ago by Jaymeb
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