- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph (28 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718159535
- ISBN-13: 978-0718159535
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.7 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (706 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jamie's Comfort Food Hardcover – 28 Aug 2014
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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. After leaving school he began a career as a chef that took him to the River Café, where he was famously spotted by a television production company.
His television and publishing career began in 1999 with The Naked Chef series. Since then he has set up Fifteen restaurant in London, changed school dinners in the UK and revolutionized home cooking. His charity, The Jamie Oliver Foundation, seeks to improve people's lives through food.
He writes for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own Jamie Magazine. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife Jools and their children.
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I have posted a more in-depth review below as well as a full recipe list at the very end of this review but for those out there (and I know there are many of you) that want a quick summary of what’s hot and what’s not about this book, these first few paragraphs are for you.
What I LOVE about this book:
- The feel of the book, a small thing to some but the textured hard cover is lovely as are the individual recipe pages on good quality paper.
- The recipe images, there is an abundance for every single recipe, they are informative and inspiring (please see image uploads to see what I mean).
- The recipe formats and layout – you instantly see at the left of each recipe:
Number of servings
Time to make
Calories per serving
- Jamie’s intro at the beginning of each recipe, full of enthusiasm and instantly explains what the recipe is if unsure (a Pierogi is ‘basically a Polish boiled dumplin’… news to me!).
- The nutritional section at the back of the book, I always like to know the nutritional value of what I’m eating, it won’t spoil my chocolate brownie but it will make me balance my nutrition or exercise accordingly for the rest of the day.
- The recipes themselves are all dishes I WANT to and CAN make. See the recipe list at the end for yourself as this is pure opinion but these dishes are all my family’s kind of food and there is a great variety.Read more ›
Other disappointment was that at least half the book is given over to recipes which feed 8-10 people and up to 14 people. How many home cooks feed that number of people?
Also, and this is probably the publisher here, every recipe has a paragraph printed explaining the history of the dish etc. This is printed in red ink in very small typeface which is very difficult to read. It also has numerous photographs of Mr Oliver eating his own food and many of his children which really has nothing to do with the cooking of food.
In summary this book is disappointing. I don't feel Mr Oliver has anything new to say.
At first glance I thought the dishes seemed a little bit boring. I mean, I had already cooked a chicken tikka massala, a shepherd's pie and, a chili con carne or a lasagna. Those are quite common recipes and sound like nothing special. But as I examined the recipes again, I saw that he doesn't just give a recipe for a lasagna, he gives the BEST recipe for a lasagna. I have cooked dozens of lasagna's in my life, but the crispy duck lasagna was out of this world. Granted, it took me nearly a day to prepare, but it was worth it. All the people at the dinner table, including a professional chef, were silent and shaking their heads in disbelief at how good a friggin' lasagna could taste! And not just the lasagna. I have also made a few great flavours of ice cream, a brilliant tikka massala, the best meatballs ever (according to my husband) and a brilliant steak and onion sandwich. All the recipes I've tried so far (about 20) came out great and there are still a lot more I would like to try.
So, the recipes may seem nothing special, because they're classics, (but then again...comfort foods usually ARE classics, aren't they?) but rest assured that you get marvelous versions of these classics. They're not quick and cheap recipes, because most recipes take quite a lot of time, but in my book a lot of great food is slow food. The long ingredient lists and long time it takes to prepare the dishes are not a problem for me, because I really love to cook and I'm willing to wait for something great. It's not a book I use when I want something quick and easy, there are other books for that, but a book I use to cook for loved ones on a day I can take the time to cook with love while singing along to good music and sipping from a glass of wine ;-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Jamie Oliver cookbooks - They always have great easy to make recipes, fantastic imagery and always contain a bit of a twist on the classics. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent recipes, made a few, tastes delicious! Strongly recommend!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great recipes. Well put together. Definitely worth having in the kitchen.Published 13 days ago by Graeme Ristow