According to Jamie, "A good blast of these tunes, a nice bit of tukka and some good company is, without sounding like a cheesy git, the recipe for a nice time, happy days". But this is no gentle background music for a dinner party-there are no gentle jazz doodlings or calm classical cadences, instead it's jam packed with the best in alternative rock and dance, complete with fully annotated sleeve notes from the Naked Chef himself, explaining his love of each and every track. On a dance tip, there is some storming big-beat buffoonery from Fatboy Slim ("Right Here, Right Now") and a classic slice of trip-hop from Sneaker Pimps ("6 Underground"), but the dance end of Jamie's record collection is far outweighed by his love of indie--from fellow Essex boys Blur ("Trouble in the Message Centre") to northern stars Happy Mondays ("Loose Fit") there is more than a decade's worth of tunes on the menu. There is even a late entry from up-and-coming rocksters Scarlet Division ("Sundial") featuring a certain chef on drums, which somewhat lets the side down on the quality front, but it's a small complaint--the rest of the material on offer more than makes up for a couple of duff tracks. Pukka. --Helen Marquis
Cookin' (Jamie Oliver's Music) MUSIC TO COOK BY!!!