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Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856132846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856132848
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 22.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (687 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,038 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 quickly developed a passion for cooking which continued through his training at The River Cafe and the Neal Street restaurant. In 2002 he founded Fifteen restaurant in London and the associated charity the Fifteen Foundation, which continues to train disadvantaged young people to become chefs. There are now three other Fifteen restaurants in the world - Amsterdam, Cornwall and Melbourne. Jamie has also recently started up the Jamie's Italian chain of high street restaurants. In 2005 Jamie led a campaign to improve the quality of school dinners in the UK and through the Feed Me Better campaign caused the government to substantially change its policy towards school food, increasing funding and putting new, nutritious menus in every school. Jamie continues to write for publications in the UK and around the world. He lives in London and Essex with his wife, Jools, and their daughters, Poppy and Daisy.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on 26 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
My girlfriend has this book and it really has got me interested in cooking. Personally i've never been a huge fan of Jamie Oliver, particularly not in his previous cooking programs with what seems like his very forced cockney geezer mannerisms. However having watched the program he did where he tried to help young offenders by training them as chefs and then the series that accompanied this book, I do have a new found respect for him. He really believed what he was doing and it says something about our country at the moment that rather than politicians trying to do anything about rising obesity levels and unhealthy children etc it took a celebrity chef to attempt to do something about it! So I do think he deserves respect for the amount of time and effort he put into it.
But back to the book. I'm quite lazy when it comes to cooking and I really found this book made me want to get in the kitchen and cook and although I haven't cooked everything in the book what I have tried preparing I have found easy to follow and ends up tasting very nice. I feel confident enough now to make little changes to recipes so they suit my tastes, like adding Boursin cheese to the creme fraiche in the lasagne. Which by the way I thought made it even more delicious! In the past I never would've done this. I am normally terrible for following instructions exactly and don't know what to do without them. So on this basis I would say that this book is certainly a good starting point for people like myself who aren't that good at cooking and want somewhere simple to begin. I really think Jamie Oliver can consider this book a huge success.
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184 of 192 people found the following review helpful By sam155 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm not new to cooking from scratch but after years of doing things the same way and running out of ideas, I asked for this book for Christmas and it has improved my cooking no end. I'd got into the habit of doing spag bol or a curry or a roast and um... then running out of ideas. Since I got this book on Christmas Day I have made dumplings for the first time ever, made two casseroles the Jamie way and changed the way I cook chili. I've also updated the way I make a curry and noticed vast improvements. Nothing is difficult- the last thing he wants to do is put you off. He also shows you four variations on a basic dish- e.g a casserole with a pie topping, mash topping, a potato bake topping and the aforementioned dumplings. At the back are easy cakes and puddings and throughout are some fresh takes on ideas you may never have tried, or maybe, like me, you just needed the cobwebs blowing away from dyed in the wool cooking habits.

Tomorrow we are having fish pie the Jamie way, since my way involves about four saucepans and three hours of hard labour! You will also find that using these recipes you will end up eating more of your five a day fruit and veg and not really noticing, except that your food tastes better. Nothing is dificult to find , nor is it expensive. What makes this different from other cookbooks I own is that its simple, has lots of pictures of what things should look like at various stages, and doesn't ask you to go to a specialist spice shop for anything that you'll only use for one recipe. Jamie doesn't patronise and his enthusiasm is infectious.

This is already my favourtie cook book and I've got stacks of them! Highly recommended for cooks in a rut like me, students leaving home, or anyone (like me) who wants their kids to be healthy and for them to have fond memories of home cooking.
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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I never liked Jamie Oliver when he started appearing on TV as The Naked Chef. He always seemed a bit 'too trendy' and his 'pucka' style left me wanting to roast my telly, but...

This book does something which I've seen many other books try to do - but whereas the other books have never really pulled it off, this book manages to satisfy the full range of budding home cooks from absolute beginners to accomplished domestic Gods/Goddesses.

This cookery book contains lots of simple recipes which can be used as a base for many others. The ingredients tend to be the stuff you either already have in, or can purchase quite cheaply. Gone are the fancy minuscule dishes you often see in books, here you get wholesome dishes which look as though they'll fill you up - and the rest of the family.

It's very well laid out, and extremely well illustrated. Those who lack confidence in the kitchen will love the images. For most of us it's a no-brainer to knock up an omelette, but for some the thought evokes panic - but the pictures here show exactly what you should be seeing in the pan at every stage of the process.

I'm not proclaiming to be a kitchen wizard, but I enjoy cooking for myself and my family. Some of the recipes here don't show me anything I don't know already, but there is still plenty of material here to inspire many a meal.

In a nutshell: This is the book Delia wishes Jamie never wrote - well, it might be. Jamie rips the crown from Delia's head to teach those who can't cook how to create great meals. And for those who already do cook, he shows us some great ideas ...and best of all, it's PROPER food! This book is a real asset for every home to have.

He might be one of the most annoying people on TV at times - but the guy is genuinely passionate about what he does, and he's damn good at it.
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