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'Save with Jamie' - really?, 29 Aug 2013
This book is for families living on a budget? :o
What madness is this if the 'budget' includes so many 'cheap' items such as fresh salmon, sweet potatoes, courgettes, and fresh herbs? Not to mention meat at almost every meal - plus the costly extra virgin olive oil he glugs on everything.
Perhaps in Sicily, sun-drenched tomatoes and virtually every kind of herb grow wild by the roadside, moreover a bucket of mussels can be picked up in exchange for a spirited rendition of 'O Sole Mio', but it ain't so in Croydon.
This book is aimed at Yummy Mummies who can pretend to be 'poor', rather than anyone living on the 15th Floor of Mandela Towers with £20 a week to spend on food and fuel. "Hmmm... do I buy this fennel bulb for a quid, or do I put that in the gas meter?" [scratches chin]
However my heartfelt thanks go out to a previous reviewer for posting the entire recipe list: this confirms to me there is nothing JO can tell me that I don't already know about how to eat well and cheaply.
To anyone who *really* needs to eat cheaply, I'd advise them not to bother with JO's book, and buy one on Indian vegetarian cooking instead.
If Jamie Oliver wanted to really make a difference to helping the nation eat better and more frugally, he'd have put his considerable PR muscle to work lobbying the Government to subsidise basic ranges of fresh fruit and vegetables to make healthy eating more accessible to everyone.
In my local (cheap) supermarket today: three peppers - £1, four onions - £1, a can of tomatoes - 75p, two Gem lettuces - 75p. These are crazy prices.
Anyone who proclaims that 'poor people' eat takeaways at £10 a go ought to put down their copy of the Daily Mail and get out into The Real World. It simply isn't so: 'poor people' buy a box of Smart Price teabags and three packets of Asda custard creams for their £1.27. I've seen it, many times.
You'd think that JO (given his 'working class' roots) ought to be championing the cause of these unloved.
But no. 'E's got a book out, innit.