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5.0 out of 5 stars The annoying one is back ...and it's another triumph!, 26 Oct 2008
This review is from: Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours (Hardcover)
I never liked Jamie Oliver when he started appearing on TV as The Naked Chef. He always seemed a bit 'too trendy' and his 'pucka' style left me wanting to roast my telly, but...

This book does something which I've seen many other books try to do - but whereas the other books have never really pulled it off, this book manages to satisfy the full range of budding home cooks from absolute beginners to accomplished domestic Gods/Goddesses.

This cookery book contains lots of simple recipes which can be used as a base for many others. The ingredients tend to be the stuff you either already have in, or can purchase quite cheaply. Gone are the fancy minuscule dishes you often see in books, here you get wholesome dishes which look as though they'll fill you up - and the rest of the family.

It's very well laid out, and extremely well illustrated. Those who lack confidence in the kitchen will love the images. For most of us it's a no-brainer to knock up an omelette, but for some the thought evokes panic - but the pictures here show exactly what you should be seeing in the pan at every stage of the process.

I'm not proclaiming to be a kitchen wizard, but I enjoy cooking for myself and my family. Some of the recipes here don't show me anything I don't know already, but there is still plenty of material here to inspire many a meal.

In a nutshell: This is the book Delia wishes Jamie never wrote - well, it might be. Jamie rips the crown from Delia's head to teach those who can't cook how to create great meals. And for those who already do cook, he shows us some great ideas ...and best of all, it's PROPER food! This book is a real asset for every home to have.

He might be one of the most annoying people on TV at times - but the guy is genuinely passionate about what he does, and he's damn good at it.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2014 15:15:25 BDT
I find him kind of annoying too, but my elderly dad (who newly lives alone and is stick in a ready-meal rut) is expressing interest in getting a Jamie Oliver cookbook so I guess the blokey style appeals to some people. Maybe I'll buy it for him as a present.
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