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Jamie's America [Hardcover]

Jamie Oliver
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1 Sep 2009
Jamie's America is the ultimate road trip with the one and only Jamie Oliver.

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718154762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154769
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.5 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,678 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, 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 continues to train disadvantaged young people to become chefs. There are now three other Fifteen restaurants in the world: Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne. Jamie has also launched a chain of high street restaurants in the UK called Jamie's Italian.

In 2005 Jamie led a campaign to improve the quality of school dinners in the UK and, through the Feed Me Better movement, caused the government to substantially change its policy towards school food.

Jamie continues to write for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own magazine, Jamie Magazine. He lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their daughters, Poppy, Daisy and Petal


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155 of 165 people found the following review helpful
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Jamie says he wants to stick up for American food, which often gets pigeon-holed as pure junk; this book is his way of showing how delicious, funky, varied and outrageous it can be. The book's divided into six sections: New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia, Wild West. As always it is beautifully illustrated by David Loftus's photos and the text is entertaining, good travelogue by JO. The real treat of course is the recipes, so let's cut straight to them. Read more ›
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but some flaws 19 Sep 2009
By Gulfax
Format:Hardcover
I've had this book for a couple of weeks now and tried out quite a few of the recipes.

On the plus side, the book looks great and contains loads of anecdotes and stories, so is good to leaf through even if you're not looking for a recipes.

The recipes are clear and easy to follow - so far I've tried the chilli, the jambulaya and one of the salads, and they all worked really well.

All the obvious American recipes are here (fried chicken, deep pan pizza, burgers) but there are also recipes included from different immigrant communities, including Chinese and Egyptian recipes, as well as Native American dishes. There are also recipes from different parts of the States as well - Southern food, Cajun food and so on. I really liked the mixture of different things that are included, and it gives you a feel for how food culture changes with each immigrant group that arrives.

On the negative side, most of the recipes feature meat and chilli - if you're a veggie, don't bother!

Also, the recipes all seem to serve vast numbers of people - usually eight, but sometimes up to 12. I don't think many people have to cook for those sorts of numbers on a regular basis. Adapting the recipes to serve four would have made this book more useful, as they'd then be easier to scale down to two or double if there were more people to feed.

The recipes also aren't quite as easy or fuss free as some as Jamie Oliver's other books. The gumbo recipe instructed you to cook unskinned and unboned chicken pieces until they were tender, then take them out the sauce, remove the skin and bone, shred the meat then put it back in the stew. Doing this probably added to the flavour of the dish but it was messy, a bit of a faff and I ended up burning my fingers!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A Mainstream American Cookbook... 15 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Clearly, Jamie isn't going to cover the entire sphere of American cookery in one book, but to my knowledge, this is possibly the first mainstream high profile book on the subject, so well done Jamie.

I've had an interest in different American cuisines for quite some time, and as an immigrant country the cuisines are obviously as diverse as the origins of the population which makes American cuisines far more diverse than those of Europe.

The public and media perception of US cuisine is obviously skewed to what it is familiar with, deep pan pizza, mass produced tex mex, and the ubiquitous soggy hamburger and fries. These are the imports of high margin, aggressive multinationals. But there is so much more to American food....

The problem is finding out about it. The cuts of meat, the commercial sauces, the regional differences within the US, etc.

I was delighted to find that Jamie includes a recipe for Beer Can Chicken, something rarely seen this side of the pond, but now the ONLY way I roast chicken (but Jamie gets it slightly wrong, the rub should go under the skin, not on it - is this a transcription error?) - this can turn even the most boring mass produced chicken into something special.

I already cook a number of dishes that Jamie covers, and these are some of my favourites, so I think Jamie's selection of dishes is spot on.

As an introduction to the more exciting and tasty American foods, this is simply an excellent book and highly recommended. All I would say is that it still a bit of a starting point. There are plenty of internet resources for developing recipes, and seeing how other people do the same things, and some commercial products that would be used in the US aren't referred to in Jamie's book, but they CAN be obtained occasionally in the UK.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamies America
Some good recipies and some need adapted or simplified but good source of new ideas. Recommend beans though forget the topping.
Published 2 months ago by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Another excellent book from Jamie's collection. It's exactly what is says on the cover Jamie's take on a American food.
Published 2 months ago by Miss N Griffiths
1.0 out of 5 stars i've read better
it's dated with some of it's links to the politics of america. Jamie should focus on the food and not on stories
Published 3 months ago by Britta Stones
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Arrived in good time and got it for a Christmas present as this person loves the Jamie books so I am sure she will be well pleased with it.
Published 4 months ago by BTam
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
Had looked for this for a long time in the shop, but I got it here and at a cheaper price too.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs M Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel and food in one!
Gorgeous book full of wholesome, 'soul food' recipes. Beautifully presented, as always with Jamie Oliver books, and packed with tasty recipes representing all styles from the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tanya Hoskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jamie style as always
Great book to have in my collection. I love Jamie and always get a lot out of his books. If you want some different ideas and a glimpse around the USA this suits fine.
Published 11 months ago by L. Beekar
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie's America
Love cooking, love Jamie, the recipes are easy to follow and are great, have tried nearly all, and it's a lovely book for the pictures!!!
Published 12 months ago by Wendy Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious
I have many of Jamie Oliver's cook books and I love them all. I have never been disappointed by a single recipe and I tried quite a few of them. This book is no difference. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Julia Gläser
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatapuckabooka
Well I'm embarrassed to say, after my last review of one of his rubbish books and me calling him a fat tounged money grabbing ginger fat so, that I actually like this book, a few... Read more
Published 15 months ago by alexelconto
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