Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals

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Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I've tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals that we all love to eat and break them down to make them as simple as possible. There are plenty of clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, so whether you're an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you'll be able to enjoy cooking and achieve great results in the kitchen.

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Overview

Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I've tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals that we all love to eat and break them down to make them as simple as possible. There are plenty of clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, so whether you're an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you'll be able to enjoy cooking and achieve great results in the kitchen.

This book is inspired by all the people I've met who thought they could never and would never learn how to cook. I believe that good home cooking is one of the most essential, fundamental skills that every single person on this planet should have in order to look after themselves, their families, and their friends. This food revolution is all about people learning how to make a recipe, then teaching that recipe to their friends and family . . . if enough people do this, pretty soon everyone will be cooking. So cook something today, then PASS IT ON!

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Jamie Oliver thinks that it's high time that we had a food revolution and sets his sights on the basics of healthier, less expensive home cooking, the type of no-microwave cooking craft that was valued before we entered this Age of Obesity. In this companion book to his Food Network cooking show, Jamie shows a painless reentry to family dinners and a slower lifestyle. Along the way, he sprinkles recipes for Griddle Lamb Chops with Chunky Salsa and comforting stews and desserts, just the incentives to activate fellow revolutionaries. Simple recipes served with flair.
Library Journal
While British celebrity chef Oliver's philosophy has always been to keep cooking simple, his ninth cookbook is aimed at beginning cooks and those who rely on processed and fast food for their meals. With U.S. obesity rates skyrocketing, his mission is to teach home cooks to make tasty, healthful, affordable meals from scratch, using fresh, unprocessed ingredients. Oliver urges readers to learn a recipe from each chapter and teach the recipe to two friends or family, on the condition that they pledge to do the same. The 100 recipes are organized into "Twenty-Minute Meals," "Quick Pasta," "Lovin' Salads," and "Simple Soups." This is just the first step in Oliver's plan to fight obesity; he's also working with Ryan Seacrest Productions on a 2010 reality TV series in which he will show participants how to abandon takeout and fast food in favor of healthy cooking. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401323592
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 176,392
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver grew up in his parents' country pub, the Cricketers in Clavering, where he started cooking at the age of eight, before studying at London's Westminster Catering College. He then went on to work with some of the top chefs in England namely Antonio Carluccio at the Neal Street Restaurant and Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers at the River Café. The author of such popular titles as The Naked Chef, Jamie's Kitchen, and Jamie's Italy, among others, he has written for the Saturday Times, served as Food Editor at GQ and Marie Claire magazines, and hosted the popular television show The Naked Chef. He is thirty-three and lives in London with his wife Jools and their daughters, Poppy and Daisy.

Biography

Jamie Oliver was part of a culinary evolution -- one including Emeril Lagasse and Nigella Lawson -- away from the intimidation factor of predecessors such as Julia Child or even Martha Stewart and toward simply prepared but sophisticated food. His show The Naked Chef, and now Jamie Oliver’s London (seen Stateside on the Food Network), presented the English chef’s approach to “pukka” life, with an emphasis on ingredients and ease over technique and equipment. Like a kitchen dervish, Oliver seemingly slapped together gourmet meals for on-camera occasions ranging from a christening to a football-watching session -- all of it narrated in a dialect so British that the Food Channel site features a glossary of his oft-used terms (“pukka” being excellent, or first-rate).

Oliver’s informal tone makes cooking seem an act of will rather than skill, and his books present a vibe similar to his show. He prescribes techniques and ingredients almost offhandedly, mentioning his own preferences in such a way that leaves you free to discover alternatives but likelier to follow the master. In a cereal recipe from The Naked Chef Takes Off, Oliver writes, “At this point feel free to improvise, adding any other preferred dried nuts like raisins, sultanas or figs -- but personally I think my combination works pretty well. This will keep for a good couple of months very happily in your airtight container, but you'll have eaten it by then, I guarantee.”

Often, dishes in Oliver’s books consist of a few list-free paragraphs that seem more like concepts than recipes at first; but if you read, you’ll see that everything you need to know is right there. Measurements for Oliver often consist of “some,” “a handful,” “a squeeze.” Instructions often include directives such as “bash up,” “whizz up,” “scrunch,” and “smear.” With text like this, it’s easy to see how Oliver has gotten scores of novices -- particularly men -- into the kitchen.

It wasn’t surprising that Oliver became a media darling so quickly. His ebullience, photogenic looks, and youth made him the sort who could appeal to everyone from grandmas to regular blokes. His culinary skills, however, could not be questioned. Having started at age eight by helping in the kitchen of his parents’ pub/restaurant in Essex, he later attended Westminster Catering College and gained experience at kitchens in France and at London’s Neal Street Restaurant and the River Café. His presence in a documentary about the café led to several T.V. offers after it was shown, and The Naked Chef was born.

Cooks around the world couldn’t get enough of Jamie Oliver -- but by 2001, many in Britain had had their fill. Wrote one Guardian columnist, “Jamie Oliver is -- like the Lord himself -- all around us. He is available and on sale in every format, real and virtual. …It is getting hard to spend a day without seeing his face or hearing his voice.” Sensitive to the criticism, Oliver reportedly told the Observer, "I'm quite boring, I've been with the same girl for nine years, I work hard, everything I do is positive, so I couldn't see any reason why the press would aggro me. But then it did." The nay-saying seems to have died down a bit, as it’s become clear that the appetite for all things Oliver has not yet been sated.

Those who are looking for a certain amount of culinary consistency in a cookbook author might do well to look elsewhere. Oliver has often mentioned that he is continually sampling cultures and evolving his cooking style, still being in his 20s and all. His next book, Jamie’s Kitchen, he writes on his Web site, “is completely different to Naked Chef stuff.” This is good news, though, for cooks who aren’t afraid to experiment a bit. Oliver helps ease the bumps in the ride.

Good To Know

Oliver is opening a nonprofit restaurant in London that will also employ underprivileged kids in the kitchen, an endeavor he hopes to capture in a new T.V. show.

He has played the drums in a band called Scarlet Division since he was 13, and released a CD in the U.K. called Cookin’, which was a compilation of his favorite tunes to cook by.

Married to ex-model Juliette “Jools” Norton since 2000, Oliver had daughter Poppy Honey in March 2002 and has a second child on the way.

Oliver’s association with the grocery chain Sainsbury’s caused some headaches for the chef. The spots, which also featured Oliver cooking on his BBC-produced show, did not agree with the network’s code of ethics. One in particular, which featured Oliver speaking Cantonese and practicing Kung Fu, drew protests from some viewers who considered it racist. His deal with the BBC eventually soured over conflict with his Sainsbury’s commitment, and Oliver set up his own company, Fresh Productions, to handle his projects.

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    1. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 27, 1975
    2. Place of Birth:
      Essex, England

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    Exactly what the home cook needs, regardless of experience!

    Jamie Oliver has really out-done himself with this book! He presents easy and delicious recipes with a manageable amount of ingredients that can be made by anyone. Jamie covers recipes like breakfast food such as how to cook eggs so they're perfect and scones, to fish and spaghetti with meatballs, he covers a range of veggies and different ideas for dressing them up, and some desserts as well. He presents each recipe with a little jot about what's great about this recipe and tips on the cooking process. And what a wonderful concept, "Pass It On"! When creating the cookbook, Jamie actually went out and found people who didn't cook or who just thought they didn't have time for a good home-cooked meal and taught them a few recipes, making them vow to pass them on as he had passed on the recipes to them. There are pictures of some of the families and people who learned from Jamie. This book is great for anyone who either has previous experience in the kitchen or who is a first-time cook. An overall fabulous book that focuses on the idea of bringing healthy home cooking back to the people with ease and flavor! Totally worth your money. Go buy it, memorize a few recipes and then pass them on! :)

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Love to cook? Hate to cook? Guess what? This is the book for you!

    I gotta admit. I'm a big Jamie Oliver fan. But his last two book...didn't do much for me. Too hard to buy ingredients for, too UK-based, too unhealthy and too involved. But then I got this book.

    And let me tell you...I've cooked over half of the food in this book and it's...

    BLOODY BRILLIANT!

    Easy to follow, amazing pages, (even the texture to the paper is pretty cool), accessible to new and old cooks...this is one of those books you always turn to because it's based on a SOLID foundation of real food UNLIKE Martha's new 'dinner' cookbook. This is real food for real people. Groceries you can get anywhere in any town in America or the UK...cooking techniques which are not hard and very fun to follow. It's not always 100% healthy, but it's pretty solid in terms of nutritional value.

    What I love about this book and Jamie Oliver is how ego-less his cooking is. The guy is here for the food and for you (the cook) and no on else. No pretense, no ridiculous rules or food, no pompous writing...this is as good as good gets with new cookbooks.

    I love this man if you love to cook you'll love it...and this is especially good for us GUYS out there. It's written by a bloke with a great sense of humor, so hard not to love it.

    Go Jamie!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    I'm not gonna cook you a lettuce!

    Stay-at-home that I am, I rarely get to be ahead of the zeitgeist. But about a month ago my husband picked up a copy of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution cook book as we were on our way out of the library. Something about the book appealed to him.
    Jamie's mission is to get people to cook real food instead of eating processed prepared food. He also has this sweet idea of people "passing on" the recipes they like, which appeals to me because it's a way of building community. I looked through it and decided that because the recipes are well presented and easy, (with a photo for each one-love that) it would be a valuable resource for freshmen off to college. I remember so clearly that I had a copy of the Silver Palate when I went to college, and I was so pleased to be able to cook for friends when we spent weekends at the coast.
    Thinking that I should try a few recipes before buying the book for her, I turned to the section on "Family Roast Dinners". I can't even count up all the roasted chickens I've served over the years, but the number must be high. There, in this book, was yet another recipe for roast chicken. Jamie's take is quite different though-you roast the chicken on a bed of vegetables, you put a whole lemon in the cavity, and he assumes you'll make gravy from the veggies after the chicken is cooked. As I'm sure you've guessed by now, the chicken was unbelievably tasty. And so easy!
    He also has a whole section on chopped salads, which for me seemed ridiculous at first glance-how could anyone possibly need a recipe for a chopped salad. Then I remembered his mission and my idea that this would be a helpful book for someone just learning to cook, and I thought I'd try one. He has a page of general rules for making a delicious chopped salad and then several actual recipes. I made the Mediterranean chopped salad and even the teenagers ate it with gusto. My husband & parents loved it too, and I now often take the extra few moments to chop the salads-although I devour unchopped salad with glee, it turns out that chopping it makes all those veggies more palatable for those who are not vegetable freaks like me.
    A few weeks after that, I started seeing ads on the TV for his show and set the Tivo to record it. Jamie's show features a town in West Virginia and his efforts to give the people in it the skills they need to feed themselves real food instead of processed convenient crap. The channel didn't change for the first episode, but the second one was recorded, and it was eye-opening. One scene showed Jamie visiting a kindergarten class and the children being unable to identify tomatoes and potatoes, let alone eggplant. It's so easy for me to forget how privileged we are here on the west coast of California, with fresh local produce available abundantly year-round and the produce section placed near the entrance of every grocery store.
    During a radio show interview the host told Jamie that the town didn't want to sit around eating lettuce all day. Jamie's response was to say "I'm not gonna cook you a lettuce", but actually, for my family, that's just what he did! He makes the act of preparing food simple and satisfying enough for very beginning cooks and veterans alike. And yup, I bought the book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

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    A little bit of everything for everyone

    My family has one vegetarian, one diabetic, one who won't eat beef, and one who won't eat pork, and there are recipes that everyone loves in this cookbook. Jamie presents each recipe succinctly and everything is easy to follow. The first things we tried were the roasted vegetables and the pan fried crispy chicken, both to rave reviews. Since then, pastas, salads, homemade salad dressings, and some of the heavier main dishes have become staples in our kitchen. This cookbook is a good staple for any person starting out with their own kitchen, as well as anyone wanting to change up their regular routine.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    Loved it!

    First got this book from the library and loved it. Had to buy it. It was worth every penny.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Great book

    Great book. My brother wanted it so I purchased it as a gift. He enjoys the recipes and practicing his culinary skills. He said it's easy to use and contains good recipes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2010

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    For quick meals and new cooks

    The latest of Jamie Oliver's books is wonderful for quick meals for seasoned cooks who are just a bit stumped on what to make for dinner.

    Or, give it to a friend who has always wanted to learn how to cook but is intimidated by more formal cookbooks. Since the instructions are so clear it's really hard to mess it up.

    I have tried the cauliflower soup and several of the pasta dishes. They were all delicious and easy to make, with ingredients I had around.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Great Recipes!

    Wonderful recipes and very easy to follow... Love Jamie's concept of teaching it forward!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Best cookbook I have ever bought.

    I got this cookbook for my husband and brother as gifts and they both love it! Every recipe we have made so far is delicious and easily made. The pictures are wonderful, they are step by step pics. Highly recommended for any skill level cook.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    This is a wonderful, entertaining (and more than just another cook)book.

    I think Jamie Oliver and his message of healthy eating is very timely and his book is well presented, entertaining and challenges you to try new and different recipes - most with a new twist. Jamie himself is unpretentious and real - and the recipes are great - whether they are of English origin, Italian or American.

    The recipe explanations are clear and concise and with the accompanying photo - you know how the finished dish or baked goodies should look.

    The photography contained in the Jamie's Food Revolution is a delightful addition to the book.

    I highly recommend this book as a "must have" to anyone's kitchen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Healthy meals in one place

    We have tried several recipes so far and have loved them all. It's fantastic to cook with fresh ingredients and the recipes are easy to follow even for the novice. These recipes are great for sharing.

    The only caveat is I am trying to figure out what Mr. Oliver means by "red chili".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Jamie got me cooking!

    I do not like to cook and most things I have made in the past taste horrible because I don't have the patience to read a lot of instructions and learn cooking techniques. This book has simple recipes that are pretty quick and even when I mess up (which I still do!), they taste good! Highly recommended for someone who wants to cook more but has an aversion to cooking. I flipped through some of Jamie's other books and they had more "fancy" foods that did not seem very appealing to me (like sweetbreads for example). One of the targets of this book is families with kids to the meals are targeted at less sophisticated tastes which is right up my alley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Awesome Book !

    This book not only teaches you how to cook, but also what you should have in your kitchen. It's great for any level . Step by step instructions, nice colorful pictures. It really got my kids interested in what they were eating & how to cook for themselves. It's a life skill that every child should learn. With there being so many over weight kids and adults, this book could really help and it's a great bonding tool as well. We have really enjoyed going thru the recipes & letting the kids pick out what they would like to try ! It would also make a great gift as well !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Great Cookbook for new ideas.

    I've tried two of the recipes out of it so far and they have been great. I like the way the pictures show you not only the final dish, but several steps along the way so you can be sure you're on the right track.
    Some of the ingredients are not easily found, but substitutes can be used and have the tastes stay the same.
    This cookbook is good for someone who has a load of cookbooks, but needs something different on the shelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great starter cookbook.

    Great cook book. Real nice gift for someone just starting out cooking.
    Nice pictures and also easy directions to follow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    We love Jamie and his work immensely, but...............

    Like my heading states, we love Jamie and his "revolution". (I have been planting the seeds for a food revolution in my own child's (private) school now for several months. Jamie's show may help make that change a reality) However, we wish some of the recipes in this book were a little healthier / lighter and faster / easier to prepare. In our household, we currently adapt some of the recipes from the cookbook to fit our dietary needs.

    The real bonus in our house from Jamie's show and co-ordinating book is that my husband has even been making things from here. And he has made some really good dishes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Very good book

    Bought this book on a bit of a whim this weekend and am really impressed with it. Only made one recipe from it thus far, but my daughter actually cleaned her plate and went back for a bit more...she's 6 and like most 6 year old's is picky. She was willing to give it a try mostly because it came from Jamie Oliver's cookbook. We've been watching the show as well. Never have I had a meal on the table barely 20 minutes from starting it, but tonight I did just that. This book is excellent for a high school grad, as a house warming gift, for mother's/father's day, birthdays, for an aspiring chef, or for a wedding present. I do have to modify some of the recipes to fit my diet of gluten/wheat free, as well as a few other food related allergies, however it's really not that difficult. I think that he's got a wonderful idea going and an equally wonderful book. Really is worth the time to thumb through and then buy and use. Will get much from this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

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    Jamie Oliver books

    my husband started to watch his show when we lived in england for his job in the air force and I bought him the first cook book of Jamie's and now he has all of them this one is great as well I got it for him for christmas of 09...I list some of the cook books we have
    Loved his shows and all his books he has out

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Excellent Gift!

    This book was a Christmas gift to our 16 year old grandson, who has always had a desire to be a chef, after a football player and a soccer player, that is. Fact is, he has long had a great ability to come up with interesting combinations of foods to cook, much to his siblings delight. Now we found that Jamie Oliver's book is well presented and easy to follow and the ingredients are not hard to acquire. It's renewed his interest in pursuing the culinary arts as career. And we all are benefiting from this purchase.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Jamie's Food Revolution

    I ordered it because I saw him on TV and was impressed with his down to earth manner. My wife and I have tried using the recipes and are very pleased. We would recommend it to anyone who likes to cook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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