Jamie's Great Britain Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011
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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
If you were expecting very familiar comfort food, old-fashioned bangers and mash and a ultimate shepherds pie recipe, you may be disappointed. Because rather than dishing up a book stuffed with traditional favourites, Jamie Oliver does his utmost to provide a new twist on our current, actual, national cuisine. Combine our love of spag bol with a new interest in foraging, and that rabbit bolognese is the logical outcome
(There are some reoccurring recipes as other reviewers have noted. The one-pan fry-up is the first in the book!)
BREAKFASTS includes bubble and squeak, homemade yoghurt, yemeni pancakes, kedgeree and delicious Glasgow potato scones (really delicious). The kedgeree recipe in particular departs from others I've used with a fresh spice mix rather than just garam masala, very nice.
SOUPS including tomato, spring veg (with gin!), mushroom, ham and pea, minted courgette, mulligatawny
SALADS - some really nice things here, though hardly traditional! Apple and watercress with blue cheese dressing, heritage tomato salad with dill, a shredded rainbow salad that's essentially coleslaw (UK? hmm...) salmon salad, and a Caribbean-inspired pork and rice salad
PUB GRUB tiny yorkshire puddings with smoked trout in, scotch eggs, scampi bites (with very sweet nostalgic commentary by Jamie about growing up in the pub) ploughmans, toad in the hole, and, errr, cheese fondue!
NEW BRITISH CLASSICS empire roast chicken (combining roast chicken and curry - I haven't tried this yet...Read more ›
~ 'This book is really special to me. It has been a long time coming, but sometimes it takes years of looking at other countries to realise how wonderful your own actually is. I grew up in one of the first true British gastropubs, which my Mum and Dad still run today. For me, the heart and soul of real British cooking is food that makes you happy and puts a smile on your face. And that's what I want to share with you: the real essence of British food, done properly.
Over the years, our food culture has embraced loads of different flavours and influences from all the people who have settled here and made this country their home. I hope the food in this book reflects the open-mindedness of our culture as well as the beauty of Great Britain.
There are over 130 of my favourite recipes here, some are indisputable classics, some are my versions of the classics, some should be classics but just haven't been made famous yet and others I've made up by picking from the great bounty of regional produce.
Writing this book has been a real labour of love, and whether you're from Brighton, Brisbane or Berlin, if you love food, I think it will offer you a little taste of happiness.' ~
And Jamie, with his Sunday Roast...grins at you from the picture on the dust-jacket. The naked book is simply blue with white block titling, 'JAMIE'S GREAT BRITAIN' on the spine, only.
Measuring in around 19.5 cm x 25 cm and some 4 cm deep, this is a well-produced, weighty tome, written the typically 'JO' way.Read more ›
I was given this book as a birthday present and opened it in anticipation of reading some interesting recipes, that would make my mouth water as I read them and I would be trying to find time to cook them for myself...and then found a recipe for a bacon butty. What did that say to me? Lazy! On looking further through the book, a lot of the recipes are re-hashed from earlier books or just plain lazy - omelete anyone? One Pan Breakfast? And some of the recipes are just old recipes with different names - Kate and Wills Wedding Pie = Beef and Guinness pie.
There are a few recipes I would like to try, such as Empire Roast Chicken and the Guinness Lamb Shanks but, overall, I would have liked to have found more than 2 dishes I would want to make, from a book that advertises "Over 130 reasons to love our food"
Sadly, this is one cookbook that will unlikely see the light of day again. And I will be more cautious in the future when purchasing any more of Jamie's books.
Do yourself a favour - search his website before buying this book. You'll probably find the few recipes you would want to cook already there for free !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jamie Oliver's Great Britain is a beautiful cookbook full of stunning photography. Being a visual person I adore such books. Read morePublished 9 days ago by neil darler
wonderful recipies, I just love Jamies books, always has something old time but with a beautiful twist, fantasticPublished 3 months ago by mary