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The Return of the Naked Chef Hardcover – 30 Mar 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; signed edition (30 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718144392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718144395
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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He's back. Can anyone remember why they called Jamie Oliver the Naked Chef first time round? No matter. The Return of the Naked Chef is a quite brilliant collection of smart-casual food, simple, sexy, sophisticated, sharp as a tack and bang up to the moment. Oliver (or his editors, stylists, whoever) certainly has his finger on the pulse: there isn't a duff recipe in the book. This is food designed to be cooked in the home, but informed by the professional skills and commercial instincts of a working chef.

So what do we get? First off, ingredient perfect pitch. Seared scallops, grilled squid, baked beetroot and squash, roast Jerusalem artichokes, braised lamb shanks, crispy sea bass, carpaccio of beef, pancetta, lots of herbs, goats' cheese, Asian influences--all exactly what everybody seems to want to cook at the moment. There isn't perhaps anything blindingly original in his recipes, but the combinations are nudged this way and that to maximum effect: "Potato and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Thyme, Mascarpone and Hazelnuts", "Risotto of Radicchio, Smoky Bacon, Rosemary and Red Wine", "Braised Pigeon Breasts with Peas, Lettuce and Spring Onions", "Orange and Polenta Biscuits" give something of the flavour of the style. It's modern, fresh and not in any way intimidating. On the minor matter of personal appeal, where Oliver really scores is the intriguing contrast (the "tension", as literary critics would say) between the skilled and imaginative professional on the one hand, and the laddish Essex boy on the other, who always manages to look as if he's just crawled from under a companionable duvet. This book will scarcely need recommending, but it is a highly appealing and skilful package. --Robin Davidson

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There's a joyously clear, no-nonsense desire here to create simple but delicious food (Heat )

Jamie Oliver goes from strength to strength...the main attraction is that he does not seem to want to be, or know that he might be, a star: the food is what matters (The Times )

He looks like a rock star, sounds like a yob and cooks like an angel (Daily Telegraph ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By jonmiller1999@hotmail.com on 9 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Here in the US we have a TV channel devoted to cooking [the food network]. When I saw Jamie's show 'The Naked Chef' I knew with a title like that it would be a change from most of the chef's here who'll teach you how to prepare duck stuffed with foie gras. Jamie's TV slot 'The Naked Chef' and subsequent books showed us how to cook a meal for an ordinary bloke in an ordinary kitchen without going broke buying just buying the ingredients. Cheers mate look forward to the next book / TV series.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ahutcheson@broadcasteurope.com on 7 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've made the transition from 'beans on toast boy' to 'Crunchy Thai Salad and Braised Lamb Shanks man' in one effortless swoop, thanks to me old 'china plate' Jamie. (Well you kind of feel like his mate, cos you watch the show and read the book, but I don't actually know him Ok!) Anyway, I truly was amazed how well these recipes worked as someone with no experience of cooking. My girlfriend is wholly impressed and I made my folks the thai salad (dreesings and all) for their wedding anniversary on Saturday night. They loved it! If anything, I actually find it quite expensive to get all the ingredients from Sainsburys. All those fresh foods sure add up. Still, it's all worth it in the end and well done Mr Oliver on your many creations!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent, easy to follow recipes which always work first time. The ingredients are always to be found in Sainsburys. The fantastic fish pie is second to none and Pete's lamb curry is great. I can not believe that anyone can possibly call this book 'full of stuck up recipies for yuppie friends'. I am definitely not a yuppie or stuck up. I just like good food...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best cook books I've ever used. It makes cooking less intimidating and more fun. The pictures of the meals are so beautiful and delicious looking, you want to try them yourself. I really enjoy Jamie's televison programme, so it's nice to see something on the programme and be pretty sure that the recipe is in the book so you can make it yourself. I love both of the books that the has out at the moment but I think that I have to say that I like this one the best. The personal comments are great, funny and make it a lot more interesting than most other books on cooking. I'll use the ones I have until the next one comes out then I'll add it to the rotation. Simply Brilliant!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By my_dog_goes_backacking on 17 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have all 6 of Jamie's books. I rate this as his finest. I cook a jamie meal every single evening, he is an absolute star, i have never ever come across any other cook books where you can do a recipe from it every night of the week at reasonable cost, very little time and bloomin tasty! (jamies words) I fill in my diary up to 3 months in advance with one of the recipes from his books....good planning, i then go to the supermarket twice a week, buy the ingredients and away you go....no worrying what are we gonna have for tea tonight!! All recipes are simple, fast and quite often are based around the same ingredients, i have to say i very rarely have any waste. It makes my life easy.....and we are eating very healthily too, unless we do one of his puddings, but only at the weekend!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suziewammo on 19 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for myself as my husband is always saying I never do enough cooking - I read the reviews on amazon and thought this is the book for me. Upon receiving it my 12 year old son Jack decided to read it as he watches Jamie's programme and the first recipe we tried was the party cake as it was my mum birthday. Jack made the cake and it was excellant. I then made a pasta dish and a risotto and they were both fabulous. Everything turns out as you expect and better - the book is full of great recipes but is also very entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try their hand at something different - I particularly like the page where he recommends items you should haved in your store cupboard for everyday cooking - can't wait for the next book! Go and buy it today
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zac Tolley on 6 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
Simply put this book is great. Jamie makes cooking easy, fun and trendy. The style of writing makes you feel like you are Jamies best friend and makes you want to cook. You find youself looking in the fridge and then the book, trying to find out what you can make next.
I've tried a couple of fish dishes so far and they have been a hit. Even Jamies advice on how to do a fry up means that I can finally cook the perfect fried egg.
I never had the first book but I'm gonna buy it now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent the best recipe in the book is the Pan cooked brekkie, which i have tried and it is well nice, jamie goes through the ingrediants and recipes in a very relaxed manner which is great for those who are beginners at cooking.
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