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1.0 out of 5 stars Not really for first time cooks, 19 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours (Hardcover)
If you really are a first time cook, I'd say this book is a little overwhelming. I'd go for one of the BBC Good Food series of books instead. First of all they are a much smaller format which means you can take them to the supermarket to get the ingredients instead of writing a list and then forgetting it! Second they seem to use much simpler techniques and easier to source ingredients. Thirdly they also have a lovely full colour picture for each recipe which gives you an idea of what you are aiming for. Lastly all the recipes are much quicker than Jamie's for both prep and cooking time! Since getting both Jamie's book and a set of 5 of the Good Food series for Christmas I've made at least 12 recipes, all of them from the Good Food series, and not tried one of Jamie's yet! I'm sure he won't mind as he's all about getting the nation cooking! The five Good Food books I have are One Pot Dishes, Meals For Two, Cheap Eats, Store Cupboard Suppers and Veggie Dishes - you could buy 3 of these for the same price as Jamie's! The recipe's I have tried so far have all been delicious too!
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2009, 20:10:32 GMT
TJ says:
This reviewer obviously hasn't read the reviews from people that couldn't cook before!!!

Posted on 27 Jan 2009, 08:42:33 GMT
A Reader says:
This review doesn't tell me anything about The Ministry Of Food. It does however tell me a lot about some other books.

Posted on 2 Jul 2009, 15:09:50 BST
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Posted on 29 Aug 2009, 08:42:33 BST
Kitchenfairy says:
Why do you write a comment about a book that you've never used? I don't care other books' (Good Food) descriptions.

Posted on 20 Jan 2010, 18:26:55 GMT
What a load of rubbish. Neither me or my wife were any good at cooking. i bought this book and we have had some fantastic meals cooked mainly by my wife although I have had a go as well. I think it is a brilliant book for novice cooks

Posted on 17 Apr 2010, 04:09:18 BST
Paul Cheall says:
This reviewer is so transparently paid by some marketing agency to plug the BBC book. Kind of undermines the point of customer reviews for me. I always tend to read any reviews with s degree of caution now. Thankfully you can usually tell the genuine from the fake.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2010, 19:25:57 BST
H. Rist says:
I agree. Smells of PR to me!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2011, 16:57:47 BST
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Posted on 24 Jul 2014, 17:29:20 BST
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2014, 17:30:54 BST
Henrietta says:
Well, here we have a review from a purchaser who hasn't used the book but knows it's useless. I think this tells us little about the book but an enormous amount about the reviewer!
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