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OK, but not his best
on 1 May 2010
Let's start with me saying that I like Jamie Oliver, and with the exception of Ministry of Food I highly rate his books.
My initial feeling this with this one it that it is style over substance. Highly accessible recipes as always, and fantastic photography, but if you stripped out the many, many double page photos and just kept it down to the recipes you'd end up with a much shorter book. It feels a little flabby with quite a lot of filler pages that don't really add anything.
The recipes themselves seem a little basic, although maybe that's more a reflection of my confidence in the kitchen rather than the book itself.
So overall, it feels like a much larger version of Jamie's self-titled magazine, with the occassional little gem of a recipe buried in amongst a lot of photos and "chat" that doesn't add much.
For me, his best two books remain "How to Cook" from the "Fifteen" series, and Jamie At Home.
If you're a Jamie fan, you'll enjoy this (in parts)... if you're new to his books, this isn't the place to start as you really won't get a good introduction to his work.