Jamie Does... Hardcover – 15 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents' pub, the Cricketers, at the age of eight, and has gone on to work with some of the world's top chefs. He founded Fifteen restaurant in London and the associated charity, Fifteen Foundation, which trains disadvantaged young people to become chefs. There are now Fifteen restaurants in Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne. Jamie has also launched a chain of high street restaurants in the UK called Jamie's Italian. Jamie writes for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own Jamie Magazine.
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My favorite chapters are the Morocco, Greece, and Sweden chapters, probably because I haven't cooked much from those cuisines. I think Jamie's book is a perfect introduction to some of the flavour pairings and techniques of the cooking in those countries from which I intend to spring-board off into my own research and exploration and maybe even travel (though this depends on my purse-strings as well as my apron strings!!). I was lucky enough to be in Sweden recently and I tasted a delicious cardamom bun. I had wanted to have a go at making them when I returned but hadn't found a recipe yet until this morning and, whichever way you look at them, Jamie's buns look great.
I really look forward to trying some Greek stews, especially the sticky pork one.Read more ›
Having lived in Andalucia for a year, I can confidently say that Jamie has hand picked the best that there is available. From tasty tapas dishes like mini meatballs, gambas (prawns), patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) to classic paella and gazpacho all the recipes are beautifully photographed and easy to follow. Anyone who loves drinking Tinto de Verano (a refreshing long drink of red wine combined with fanta lemon and loads of ice) will love the sorbet Jamie suggests.
The other chapters include the recently aired Morocco (I really can't wait to try the "Snakey Cakey" cake!) Italy, Sweden, Greece and France. Cute little additions include page numbers in the language of the relevant section.
Made the chicken, olive and preserved lemon tagine for dinner tonight - never made one before and it came out really well.
Buy it for yourself, buy it for your friends. I guarantee that you will have hours of enjoyment from it; both reading and cooking.
All in all, a great buy to try "foreign" food at home.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed with how few recipes are in this book, would not recommendPublished 27 days ago by Lja
Very good illustrated book and with a lot of good recipes.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I cooked Stifado and my husband says it tasted better than what we ate in GreecePublished 6 months ago by Rie tay
Great purchase! Really good quality and the recipes are amazing!Published 8 months ago by Ksenia Lesnykh
The book is in pristine condition, better than my copy! this was for my daughterPublished 10 months ago by Virontacus