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4.0 out of 5 stars 'The aim of this book is to inspire you to get into the kitchen.....fired with enthusiasm and confidence......'
From the introduction:-

'....I had been cooking good food in a restaurant for some time, but found it difficult to re-create many of the recipes at home for lack of time, space, equipment or, sometimes, the availability to the average shopper of good-quality produce at reasonable prices.
So, in an effort to re-create some exciting restaurant recipes in a...
Published on 14 Aug 2006 by A Customer of AMAZON-UK!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It is not a typical cooking book, you feel like reading philosophic one. Each recepy is written like a story - it's nice, but a liitle bit difficult to follow. I prefer more schematic presentation of a recipie - ingredients, preparation etc.

However I love his attitude to food and attachment to quality of food. His recipies are simple and natural.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The aim of this book is to inspire you to get into the kitchen.....fired with enthusiasm and confidence......', 14 Aug 2006
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Paperback)
From the introduction:-

'....I had been cooking good food in a restaurant for some time, but found it difficult to re-create many of the recipes at home for lack of time, space, equipment or, sometimes, the availability to the average shopper of good-quality produce at reasonable prices.
So, in an effort to re-create some exciting restaurant recipes in a limited kitchen, I found myself stripping down those recipes to something quite basic. I then adapted them, using what I did have in the cupboard, larder, fridge or garden.
Using this principle I have built up a foolproof repertoire of simple, delicious and feisty recipes. At the same time I have tried to avoid culinary jargon and any complicated, time-consuming process that isn't justified by the end result........'

Paperback covers open to 250 high quality, shiny pages split over 11 chapters:-

Soups
Salads & Dressings
Pasta
Fish & Shellfish
Meat, Poultry and Game
Vegetables
Pulses
Risotto & Couscous
Bread
Desserts
Stocks, Sauces, Bits, Bobs,
This, That and the Other

With reference sections entitled 'First Move' (includes a basic 'larder' suggestion list), and 'Herbs & Spices', sandwiched between an introduction and a concise index, which highlights 'illustrated' recipes and 'vegetarian' dishes.

Jamie's usual charming 'thanks' pages complete the book.

Each main chapter opens with a relevant full page colour illustration and an introduction page.
Each recipe is clearly laid out with the title, any opening tips, the number of servings, list of ingredients and the method. Recipes can span more than one page.
My only criticism is that there are some very faint pale blue headers in places which are quite difficult to read.

Super full colour photography throughout but limited in that of the finished dishes which may be a slight negative for those of us who like to see what we are aiming for on the plate.

However, .....having said that it is a useful first book, if new to 'The Naked Chef'.

Typical JO banter is present throughout the book, e.g.:-

'Good soups are really only about good ingredients. A good soup can be made, finished and in a bowl in minutes and still be as tasty as one that you have spent an hour or so preparing..............'

'Most people can't get any enthusiasm for a limp and uninteresting salad so chuck out your tasteless iceberg lettuce and you water-based dressings and .........'

Ravioli with Prosciutto, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella:-

'I am afraid that this is a clichéd and obvious combination but it is quick and bloody good, so try it........'

Risotto:-

'If I asked most people if they made risotto at home I reckon most would say 'no', and would think it was just some poncy restaurant food..........but risottos are really meant to be cooked at home. The real secret of a good risotto, I'm afraid, is that you have to stand over it and give it your loving and undivided attention for about 17 minutes, but it's worth it. Anyway what I am going to do now is give you a really solid, decent risotto base method and then give you five of my favourite variations.........'

Basic recipes and reference guides are littered throughout, e.g.:-

Everyday Quick Pasta Recipe
Short-crust Sweet Pastry
Basic Bread recipe
Stocks
Aioli
Salsa Verde
Perfectly Cooked Live Lobster
Basic Steamed Pudding Recipe
Globe Artichokes - What to Buy and How to Prepare
Feeling your Pulses and How to Cook Them
Basic Risotto Recipe
Stocks
Mayonnaise
Sauces

A taste of the other recipes included within:-

My Minestrone Soup
John Dory Baked in a Bag with Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives and Basil
Pork Chops with Thyme, Lemon and Pesto
My Perfect Roast Chicken
Fragrant Green Chicken Curry
The Most Perfect Steamed & Roasted Duck with Honey & Oyster Sauce
Meatballs
Grilled Asparagus with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
Spicy Roasted Squash
Pot-roasted Rabbit with Rosemary, Thyme, Sage & Lemon
Vegetable Tempura
Pickled Chillies
Mashed Potato
Pease Pudding
Beer Bread
Baked Fruit with Mascarpone Cream
Lemon & Lime Cream Tart
Baked Fruit
Simple Chocolate Tart

and

'A Spottier Dick Pudding' - 'This is proper 'bloke's' pudding - loads of custard, a little warmed syrup over the top and some cream.
Superb!'

My favourite, to date, is:-

'Spiced Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks', serving 4, from pages 116/117.

A super recipe with an extra, unusual ingredient and really does live up to the JO claim:-

'This is one of the cheapest and tastiest cuts of lamb. Cooked this way, the sauce is very tasty and the meat will just fall off the bone. Served with potato mash, polenta, couscous or rice, it is a wonderful dish.'
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a mouth-watering cook book for the health-conscious amateur!, 13 Jun 2000
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L. Ivory "bozzy" (France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
This cook-book has you salivating from the first few pages!
It combines a refreshingly anarchich style with simple and achievable recipes which allow for a healthy diet and could be(and are so far succesfully being) used as part of a weight-reduction programme.
Jamie is an inspirational cook who does not call for complicated ingredients or cooking methods or loads of cream and butter but rather relies on high quality ingredients and bold but simple combinations to achieve truly orgasmic results.
We're busy people who love good food. This is a celebration of eating - not cooking. We bought a pasta machine on the strength of these recipes, and ... wow, knockout! BUT - we're still on track with the diet!
This book is 250 pages of mouth-watering photos plus truly inspirational text and recipes.
If you do noting else, stock your larder with his basic ingredient list and your patio/window-box with his herbs. This man Knows His Onions!
Buy this book, and then buy the sequel like we did! You won't be disappointed.
Whoever said the English can't cook hadn't met Jamie Oliver. Bravissimo James!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and easy to follow, 7 Feb 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
I bought this book last week and my daughter (8) and I have since cooked 4 recipes; all four have turned out refreshingly well. We have been surprised not only that the recipes worked so well (who can say every recipe from some of the best names in the cookery game has turned out well)but equally that they tasted fantastic. On a whim of enthusiasm we bought a pasta machine and having followed various of his recipes the kitchen on Sunday was festooned with drying noodles hanging from every possible surface. Incidentaly the pasta with chilli and roasted scallops is excellent(as a twist try replacing the parsley with coriander one day for a change it's great). The star recipe so far is his green Thai curry herby and very different, so far removed from overcooked supermarket ready meals and much more vivid than the green paste concoctions- you have got to try it. We no doubt will work through the rest of the recipes sooner rather than later and then onto the next book which is out in the Spring. We thoroughly suggest you spend money on this book. Happy eating.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking for the Jaded Chef!!!!, 20 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Paperback)
I am a very keen cook, and quite ambitious but sometimes, you get bogged down with the usual run-of-the-mill recipes, with boring instructions to cook the same old thing the same old way. Jamie is a breath of fresh air. His instructions are witty, sometimes cheeky, and want you to go into that kitchen and try the recipes out. I tried his pizza. It was really scrummy and fun to make and tasted great. Cooking and having fun really go together. He makes it sound so easy, and the way he explains it, it really isn't difficult at all. I would buy this book for a first-time cook, who doesn't want to spend a fortune, but still wants to have a decent meal on the table, and not spend hours and hours doing it!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gutsy, sociable,fun, simplicity at its BEST, pukka ideas, 20 Mar 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
This is a cool cook book, no nonsense, taking good food, fresh ingredients, bringing out delicious results. This book is so approachable, great introduction,it overflows with the same enthusiasm Jamie enduces on the screen. That is what is so simply wonderful about it. There are so many great dishes to check out, that you just cant wait to try out. The sauces that Jamie has kindly shared with us are pukka, easy to prepare and then just stick in the fridge or freezer with whatevers left, even better 2 weeks later. Since then buying sauces from a jar is a thing of the past and I've never looked back.The meatballs are to die for, try them once and you'll be hooked for life. Believe me when I say, if you are not an entusiast before you picked this book up, you will be....... it leaves you space for mistakes, its about finding your own way. Looking forward to number 2..... Scott Wackett, London.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity at its Best!, 22 Mar 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
Having bought more cookery books than I care to admit to and toiled many hours in the kitchen, the Naked Chef is proof that you can prepare food that looks great, and even better tastes great in a minimum of time, the Fragarant Green Curry is amazing..simple to do, but tastes incredible. I bought this book after seeing the repeats on TV...and its now about the ONLY book I use, the fact that it is in no way pretensious.. makes it a must, his style is unique and refreshing. It is a very inspirational book that certainly gets the creative juices going.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic first-timers cookbook; very inspirational!, 12 May 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
As a 21 yr old never very much into cooking (isn't that something only mothers do?) Jamie's first cookbook is an absolute saviour. His recipes are inspirational and exciting, and even more so is his encouragement of his readers to get back in the kitchen! Try the chickpea and leek soup- not bad at all! Also worth a shot is the broth of steaming scallops- it tastes amazing and it's really easy to make. Jamie is refreshingly unpretentious and down-to-earth- his enthusiasm and passion for cooking is addictive, and once you try his recipes you'll understand why. BUY THE BOOK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Brit meets Europe's urban simplicity & it's delicious, 9 Feb 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
A refreshing charismatic approach to the cuisine of the 21st Century. Finally the focus is on the emphasis of produce - fresh, organic, flavoursome, seasonal, available and functional. Jamie Oliver is a class act on and off screen. His teachings and basic presentation invites even those who burn water to ahve a go and explore the ever evolving world of food and cuisine. Oliver gives Britain a makeover in the food department, bringing British fare to the world with a smiling face. As a passionate foodie, chef, and all round good eater, I'd gladly serve guests a banquet from this book! Great inspiration to the Generation X-ers and a friendly reminder that food is a celebration to entertain the senses. Bring on the next course!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pukka book for eveyone whose crazy about easy food, 14 May 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
After seeing the second series I decided to get a look at the first book which is a good place to start .the book is full of good ideas and great ways in which to got about them. Whereas other books worry too much about detail and ingrdients ,jamie is more real time and realistic so the average cook/chef can get to grips with the food easily. There is just one bad point and that being that not all of the ingrdients are easily got hold of so it could be a good idea the in future other alternatives could be suggested other than tha keep up the good work and the good shows on the telly
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you possibly get the recipes wrong???!!, 11 July 2001
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I have both Jamie's books and am a seasoned cook of 30 years. I am stunned that anyone can possibly get the recipes wrong. The quantities are spot on, the recipes are so simple to follow it's untrue.I have cooked the Thai Green Curry umpteen times and never had a single problem... Please dont give up on the book, dust it off and try it again.
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