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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156817
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3.9 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,417 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 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 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. He writes for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own Jamie Magazine, and he lives in London with his wife and their children.

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243 of 252 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Some predictable things made it into this book: Bubble and Squeak, scones. But some very unpredictable things did too: Yemeni lamb recipes from Wales, scallops with black pudding, roast veg vindaloo. And rabbit bolognese...

If you were expecting very familiar comfort food, old-fashioned bangers and mash and a ultimate shepherds pie recipe, you may be disappointed. Because rather than dishing up a book stuffed with traditional favourites, Jamie Oliver does his utmost to provide a new twist on our current, actual, national cuisine. Combine our love of spag bol with a new interest in foraging, and that rabbit bolognese is the logical outcome

(There are some reoccurring recipes as other reviewers have noted. The one-pan fry-up is the first in the book!)

BREAKFASTS includes bubble and squeak, homemade yoghurt, yemeni pancakes, kedgeree and delicious Glasgow potato scones (really delicious). The kedgeree recipe in particular departs from others I've used with a fresh spice mix rather than just garam masala, very nice.

SOUPS including tomato, spring veg (with gin!), mushroom, ham and pea, minted courgette, mulligatawny

SALADS - some really nice things here, though hardly traditional! Apple and watercress with blue cheese dressing, heritage tomato salad with dill, a shredded rainbow salad that's essentially coleslaw (UK? hmm...) salmon salad, and a Caribbean-inspired pork and rice salad

PUB GRUB tiny yorkshire puddings with smoked trout in, scotch eggs, scampi bites (with very sweet nostalgic commentary by Jamie about growing up in the pub) ploughmans, toad in the hole, and, errr, cheese fondue!

NEW BRITISH CLASSICS empire roast chicken (combining roast chicken and curry - I haven't tried this yet...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 11 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
...the reason for 'Jamie's Great Britain: over 130 Reasons to Love Our Food', is revealed on the dust-jacket flap (copied here in full, as it is not on the Amazon product detail, at the time of writing):

~ 'This book is really special to me. It has been a long time coming, but sometimes it takes years of looking at other countries to realise how wonderful your own actually is. I grew up in one of the first true British gastropubs, which my Mum and Dad still run today. For me, the heart and soul of real British cooking is food that makes you happy and puts a smile on your face. And that's what I want to share with you: the real essence of British food, done properly.
Over the years, our food culture has embraced loads of different flavours and influences from all the people who have settled here and made this country their home. I hope the food in this book reflects the open-mindedness of our culture as well as the beauty of Great Britain.
There are over 130 of my favourite recipes here, some are indisputable classics, some are my versions of the classics, some should be classics but just haven't been made famous yet and others I've made up by picking from the great bounty of regional produce.
Writing this book has been a real labour of love, and whether you're from Brighton, Brisbane or Berlin, if you love food, I think it will offer you a little taste of happiness.' ~

And Jamie, with his Sunday Roast...grins at you from the picture on the dust-jacket. The naked book is simply blue with white block titling, 'JAMIE'S GREAT BRITAIN' on the spine, only.

Measuring in around 19.5 cm x 25 cm and some 4 cm deep, this is a well-produced, weighty tome, written the typically 'JO' way.
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285 of 310 people found the following review helpful By Matt Clay on 30 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
My Nan loves Jamie Oliver. She says he's like the grandson she always wanted; that does sting a little as I'm washing out her commode but I'm not bitter. She won't eat anythng that's not been hand prepared from one of Jamie's latest volumes and I can tell you that artichokes and fresh basil aren't a staple at the Greenock convenience store. Thankfully he trots these books out like billy-o, 30 minute meals, food revolution, ministry of food just this year so it keeps from getting samey (they do all seem to involve roughly rubbing and stuffing herbs into raw meat with your bare hands though). I'm sure there will be a TV series along anytime now to make sure this sells plenty for Christmas... little scamp. Nan wouldnt wait that long, I had to camp outside Watersones on Wednesday night to get the first copy. I'm praying for Jamie's Pot Noodles next year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Flores on 12 Feb. 2013
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I love this traditional recipes.
It conteins beautiful photos.
The bookbinding is wonderful.
And the price is good.

I recommend you to buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Woods on 2 April 2014
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Nicely present cook book based on the traditional meals cooked all over the United Kingdom. Jamie's talent of being able to explain the hardest recipe in basic form is demonstrated well in this edition. Plenty of pictures to help you along the way.

Need to impress someone this weekend with a meal you have cooked.. Id choose this book without a second glance. So easy to follow.

And a great price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee Bee on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a useful cook book released a couple of years back possibly to coincide with the Royal Wedding, Jubilee, Olympics etc. It is a celebration of British food and as such has many multicultural recipes. I have cooked the Empire chicken with Bombay roasties which I recommend. I have made a couple of the breakfast recipes as well which turned out well. Whilst not as good as 30 minute meals or the Italy and America books this is still interesting and there are a wide variety of recipes to choose from. My criticism would be the matt formatting of this book, which I personally do not like the feel of. It is also not practical to have in the kitchen as the matt pages are difficult to clean if there are any splashes or spillages. In all not Jamie's best but still a useful book to have if you are interested in cooking and British food.
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