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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233002561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233002569
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A thoughtful and energetic look at Oliver's life." --"Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gilly Smith is the author of Nigella Lawson: The Biography (Andre Deutsch). She is a regular contributor to Junior magazine, and has written for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, Taste magazine and New Woman. She lives in Sussex with her writer husband and two daughters.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
After reading the reviews, and being a huge Jamie fan I was really excited about reading this book. I have been so taken with the food revolution idea and the principles he he shares with his audience, especially the need to eat real food. I found the book really disappointing. There was not much about the food revolution and what there was was extremely ponderous and not very interesting to read. I have loved his cook books but was really disappointed with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Wilson on 30 Jun. 2010
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This was a really good read. It's not just about the life and career of Jamie Oliver but gives a fascinating insight into the food revolution over the past three decades.
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By great buyer on 2 Jan. 2014
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nice one for Jamie Oliver's funs, specially who love him, great value for this book and quite nice for who want to understand Jamie!!
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Published as 'Jamie Oliver: Turning Up the Heat' in Aus/UK 27 Sept. 2013
By Sarah Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
17/11 - I love Jamie's recipes, have all his books and cook a Jamie recipe at least once a week. Jamie has always been pretty open about his background so a lot of the information here is stuff I already knew from the introductions in his cook books. The anecdotes Smith has gotten from his old friends, teachers and bosses are little gems that provide even more insight into the real Jamie, although Smith tells us that what you see on tv is who Jamie is in real life - there's no tv Jamie and then real Jamie, it's just Jamie - I love that about him. I'm also really enjoying the background information Smith has included about Jamie's friends, mentors and contemporaries. My favourite part of the book so far was learning about Gennaro Contaldo's first experience in the industry, in a fish and chip shop, and how they used to use...wait for it...WHALE BLUBBER to fry their fish and chips. To be continued...

18/11 - The last 2 chapters have revealed a much more ambitious and disturbing side to Jamie that I had hoped to never learn of. Smith writes about some of the underhand things he has done to the woman who really gave him his start in television, Pat Llewellyn. Cutting her and her production company out of the the deals for his second book The Return of The Naked Chef and the third series of the television show The Naked Chef, not even consulting her on his tv ad deal with Sainsbury's. Llewellyn is surprisingly unbitter about the whole thing, but I think he is really lucky he didn't burn all his bridges with her after the way he treated her. I hadn't heard about these episodes before, he had always seemed above such behaviour and I'm really disappointed to learn how he treated someone who gave him the opportunity to become the star he is today. But, as she says (I'm paraphrasing here) that's the way the entertainment industry works, people you count as friends stab you in the back and then move on as if nothing of import has happened. Glad I'm not in that industry. To be continued...

19/11 - This final section that I read focused mostly on Jamie's charitable efforts. I was a big fan of the tv show Jamie's Kitchen, and even more so Jamie's Dinners and as I read about the behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations that he went through personally to make both charities work I felt the anger that I had felt while watching the shows rise again. I still can't understand the parent's mindset of "In the past my child wouldn't eat anything but chicken nuggets, so I know he won't like Jamie's food." (despite not giving him a chance to try it for himself). The parents didn't seem to care that their children weighed twice as much as a child of their age should. They didn't seem to care that doctors were warning of type 2 diabetes within a few years if they kept feeding their children like this, or that 12 year olds were thinking about gastric bypass or banding surgery due to their ballooning weight. I'm Australian and I don't know of any school (at least not in Melbourne) that does lunch like this, my high school had a canteen and it served all the junk and a few pieces of fruit, just like the ones shown on Jamie's Dinners, but the vast majority of students had packed lunches from home. My brother and I got money every Friday to buy a canteen lunch as a treat, lasagne for me and hot chips for him, while Monday to Thursday we got no money and a lunch of a sandwich with some fresh fruit. A couple of years after we graduated I heard from people I still new there that they'd cleaned up the canteen; no more hot chips, soft drinks, chiko rolls or hot dogs and the fruit selection was widened from a few mouldy looking bananas and apples to include all kinds of seasonal fruit, sandwiches on wholemeal bread, salads and other far more healthy options, and this has since been copied across the state, if not the country.
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