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Happy Days with the Naked Chef [Paperback]

Jamie Oliver
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Sep 2003
Jamie is one of Britain's best-loved chefs; he has made cooking interesting and accessible. He believes in getting the most out of ingredients and making tasty, easy, sociable food with the minimum of fuss. "Happy Days" is filled with recipes for different occasions.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141003405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141003405
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 18.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,065 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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Jamie Oliver's Happy Days With the Naked Chef is in the same mould as his other bestsellers: recipes for simple, comforting, homely food. This time, however, he has some interesting additions from his travels to Australia, New Zealand, America and Japan.

There are three new ideas in Happy Days With the Naked Chef. Jamie has included a chapter on "Comfort Food"--the kind of cooking Nigel Slater and Nigella Lawson specialise in. He has recipes for Toad in the Hole, Fish Finger Buttie and Sticky Sausage Bap with Melted Cheese and Brown Sauce. In his "Quick Fixes" chapter, he has selected dishes where saving time and minimal washing up are the key ingredients. These include a Steak Sarnie and Chicken Breast Baked in a Bag with Mushrooms, Butter, White Wine and Thyme. He has also included a "Kids Club" chapter, which is offers inspiration for parents trying to get their children excited about food. The new additions don't dominate the book as the remaining two-thirds contain Jamie's standard Italian-style fare: simple salads, fish, meat, vegetables, breads and pudding. Don't miss the excellent recipe for Medallions of Beef with Morels and Marsala and Crème Fraîche Sauce. Jamie has also been travelling and you'll find recipes with pak choy, soy sauce and ginger popping up here and there--delicious! --Elizabeth Murgatroyd --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jamie Oliver grew up in his parents' country pub, the Cricketers in Clavering, where he started cooking at the age of eight, before studying at London's Westminster Catering College. He then went on to work with some of the top chefs in the country - namely Antonio Carluccio at the Neal Street Restaurant and Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers at the River Cafe. He is now running the restaurant at Monte's in Knightsbridge, London. He is twenty-six and lives in London with his lovely wife, Jools. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days over the stove 8 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The latest Jamie Oliver collection is as much a culinary pleasure as ever. The book production is stylish and feels more mature than the first volume (can't comment on the second) : out with the annoying illegible pastel blue titles that were difficult to read, and in with more tasty, unpretentious recipes using ingredients that are supposedly all available at a particular British supermarket if ever you are stumped for a place to find them. But more importantly, these recipes encourage the lads (and probably lasses too) to get down the shops, out of the oven-ready section, into the fresh produce sections, and then into the kitchen.
Although some of these recipes may be considered as fairly standard fare (toad in the hole, spag bol, chilli, and the fish finger buttie) and may not appeal to those who think of themselves as elite foodies, he has a great knack of demystifying ingredients and procedures as he goes along. The use of good flavours, loads of herbs and a minimum of cream - don't your arteries feel better? - continue to illustrate those tasty Italian and Euro-Thai styles which he and Nigel Slater have both cultivated so well. The cult of Jamie's personality may come through in the photos but who cares! The texts are light and fun to read. His enthusiasm simply oozes from the recipes. The kids' section is lively and serves a very useful purpose in the promotion of good food and good cooking. Having tried many of his recipes in the past - and speaking as a man who loves to slave over his stove - part of the fun is adapting them the second (and third, etc.) time around with a pinch of this and a slug of that.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
After looking for this book on Amazon in the US - and waiting and waiting AND waiting - I finally decided to order it here. I realize now I made a HUGE mistake waiting - it is simply wonderful - very amusing - very practical and lets all of us Jamie Oliver fans see another part of the irresistable Naked Chef. I think it is a great gift for the chef for has everything and even for those just learning to cook. I have heard some complain that it (the recipes) aren't exact enough - but cooks all around know that cooking is simply trial and error but the inspiration is what is conveyed to those eating your culinary creations and Jamie Oliver does exactly that in this book! Besides his entire premise is that cooking doesn't have to be "cheffy" - a barrier that I really believe too many abide too. So get out there and get cracking - soo-o many recipes and so little time!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to cooking 5 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Without any knowledge to cooking whatsoever I was brought this book by a friend. One fairly expensive trip to the supermarket to stock up on key ingredients is all that is needed. The first meal that I cooked was a true delight - better than anything I'd ever tasted. The recipes are a mix of meat, fish, pasta and salad dishes. The great thing is that after cooking them once you remember them for life. I will now purchase his others. Well done Jamie on bringing cooking to the masses.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The naked chef does it again! More fab recipes. I was a child in the '60s and grew up with TV cooks of the Fanny Craddock ilk, very upper class types, making everything look cloaked in mystery and terribly difficult! Jamie Oliver is like a breath of fresh air! He makes good cooking accessible to everyone. NO building towers of food, al la Rhodes, NO complicated recipes to follow. Jamie is the only TV chef I have ever seen cook in REAL kitchens. His recipes are easy and a joy to follow, no complicated terms that you don't understand! His writing style is a joy, he writes as he speaks and it is SIMPLICITY itself to produce good quality nosh with very little FUSS. No wonder young people love his books. This new book includes a section for kids, get them in the kitchen get them cooking with Jamie! If you haven't tried his books before, go on treat yourself, chuck out the ready meals.... get your laughin' gear round his tucker, I promise you darlin' his food is truly Pukka!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked in my kitchen............ 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have an obsession with cookery books, anyone in my family will tell you.... I buy them willy nilly and then only use one or two recipes out of the hundreds listed.
I thought there was no hope for me, that I was destined to end up with rows upon rows of cookery books with useless recipes until "The Naked Chef" came to my rescue!
Now I have books where there are hundreds of recipes for me to use, not only am I blinded by the colourful photos that have me drooling (Sorry Jamie, the food - not you!) but the recipes are fool proof and seem to work all of the time, life is easy, time is on my hands and I do get a chance to drink with my mates.
All I can say is buy the book, it is fun, easy to read and simple - a bit like me! Seriously, a super gift for anyone, I have just bought it for my Sisters birthday, I suggest that anyone looking for a fun and useful present does the same.
In the meantime Jamie, if you ever want to cook round mine you are more than welcome!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied tasty recipes
Lots of easy to prepare recipes which are a bit unusual and very tasty. Full of suggestions for all meals
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy Woodcock
5.0 out of 5 stars great cookbook
i bought this for my mum a few years ago and she still uses it now and so my sister and i. its great and easy to follow
Published 9 months ago by Ms. Erica L. Stafford-bull
3.0 out of 5 stars good
But I would prefer a less fussy approach to food and recipe layout. Overall a good book if you like Jamies cooking.
Published 12 months ago by Claire Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite!
Great recipes from a favourite chef, bought as a gift to stop my mum constantly borrowing mine! Keep returning to some firm favourites.
Published 14 months ago by mallenby
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
like the easy recipe. good purchase and excellent value for money. like jamie oliver's books waiting for the america's book
Published 17 months ago by katia girauld
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days with the Naked Chef
One of Jamie's early books. Written in the clasic Jamie style that inspires would be cooks to have a go. Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by Ninjavaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Oliver - Happy Days with Naked Chef
Bought to compliment other books, this recipe book has proved interesting and useful resource for culinary ideas. Enjoyable and sometimes a little challenging.
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by SE
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotcha!
Good buy and very good price. Thought this and the other ordered at the same time had been lost in the post but I was very impressed with Amazon's fast resolution and... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Serious shopper
1.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Oliver
Unfortunately this book was not in good condition.Several pages at the end of the book were damaged either due to being wet at some time but more likely due to having being stored... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2010 by Mr. T. R. H
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie Oliver
Ordered this book as a present but a little wary of what the condition may be like. Was brilliant and as description - like new! Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by S. J. Lawn
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