- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph (30 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718154770
- ISBN-13: 978-0718154776
- Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,586 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010
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About the Author
Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents' pub, The Cricketers in Clavering, Essex, 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. He writes for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own Jamie Magazine, and he lives in London with his wife and their children.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have followed two full meals now, the Thai red curry and the meatball sandwich and I am flushed with sucess. They were very well received by the family I am delighted because they are very healthy but still super tasty and satisfying. Follow the instructions and Jamie will have you cooking like a chef in your own kitchen. Service!
Enthused by the gorgeous food and the simplicity of his serving style I've cooked the vegetarian rogan josh, the thai prawn curry with jasmine rice, the piri piri chicken and the jools pasta to date....Yes, it's no coincidence these were some of the first screened - they looked so good I was craving them. I can confirm that they are all delicious, although I haven't attempted all the sides or puddings.....I will have to buy a better food proceesor I think and a better chef's knife..oh and some more wooden boards!
EDIT - an update to say that I'm still really enjoying the dishes in this book and loving the salads. As other reviewers have said you can get closer to the 30 minutes once you know a recipe. Love it.
Jamie, you deserve a medal for all that you have done for food & cooking in the UK & beyond. Well done, this is a marvellous book. It is an entirely new type of format & approach for a recipe book, it makes such sense to approach cooking a meal from this angle. Every menu has the method for cooking each of the courses intertwined, so you prep a part of one dish move on to another course then back again, in the end the whole meal is cooked & ready on time. This skill of timing & planning to have a meal ready is lacking from many people's cooking abilities, this book will therefore be such a help to very many aspiring cooks or even people returning home from work tired yet wanting to eat well.Read more ›
The theory is great, but relies on you cooking the entire meal that's suggested. For those who will do this, it'll be great but I'd much prefer the dishes one at a time and work the timings out for myself.
Main meals include pasta, risotto, chicken, curries, fish, steaks, pork, lamb. Each main meal includes a salad and vegetable dish and also a pudding and sometimes drinks as well.
Here's a few examples:
Trapani style rigatoni, griddled chicory salad, rocket and Parmesan salad, limoncello kinda trifle.
Tray baked chicken, squashed potatoes, creamed spinach, strawberry slushie
Tasty crusted cod, my mashy peas, tartare sauce, warm garden salad
pork chops and crispy crackling, crushed potatoes, minty cabbage, peaches and custard.
Some of the recipes seem quite expensive, although at the beginning to the book it states that they have been costed against the equivalent ready-meals or take-aways or eating out, although personally I think some of the recipes are a lot of food for a mid-week meal. However as ideas for feeding larger groups of people (some recipes are for 6 people) it has lots of good ideas and guides you through step by step to bring the whole thing together.
Another good point about the recipes is the inclusion of a salad and/or vegetables make them balanced and healthier, something a lot of celebrity chef books don't seem to include.
This book is very attractively set out, lots of step by step pictures and you can access further help from the jamie oliver website. You could use it to just cook individual recipes if you didn't want to follow the principle behind it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some great recipes in this book I love it. I would defo recommend the chicken pie recipe. It's amazing and takes no time at all.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really good and my wife loves it but your never going to get it done in 30mins. Well worth it.Published 25 days ago by Richard White
I ordered Jamie's 30 minute meals and instead got Jamie's 15 minute meals. luckily I did not have this book already so am happy to keep it.Published 27 days ago by Poodles65
Well laid out.
Easy to follow recipies.
Defiantly earned a permanent place on the cookery book shelf.