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

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

by Jamie Oliver


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ISBN-13: 9781401323592
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 691,598
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.


London, England

Date of Birth:

May 27, 1975

Place of Birth:

Essex, England

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Jamie's Food Revolution 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Elise_T More than 1 year ago
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! :)
MikeNYC More than 1 year ago
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!
MegH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
melt95 More than 1 year ago
First got this book from the library and loved it. Had to buy it. It was worth every penny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MichelleCJ More than 1 year ago
Wonderful recipes and very easy to follow... Love Jamie's concept of teaching it forward!
LA11 More than 1 year ago
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.
IsabellaLongstaff More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".
OccasionalReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Trixie7-11 More than 1 year ago
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 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
chance20000 More than 1 year ago
Great cook book. Real nice gift for someone just starting out cooking. Nice pictures and also easy directions to follow.
NWeary More than 1 year ago
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!
LilChaoticOne More than 1 year ago
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!
AZZIZZI More than 1 year ago
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.
SEAL76 More than 1 year ago
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.
mriansq More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love it, easy, thousands of pictures. Don't you just hate cooking books without pictures?
MissReadsTooMuch on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I don't usually review cookbooks but I really wanted everyone to know what a terrific cookbook this is! It has real recipes for real food that have straight forward directions that anyone can follow. There are recipes that take very little time and some that are more involved but all of them are very accessible and just the way Jamie Oliver writes gives you confidence you will make something great. I loved it because most cookbooks that are for quick meals or beginning cooks just don't have very tasty recipes - a lot of add one can of this to one can of that with some salt and pepper. Everything I've made so far has been fantastic. The recipes are also organized so once you learn one recipe, it can be expanded with other proteins, spices, and veggies to make something different. I also like reading the stories of new cooks from rural England as they learn to cook. It is a great cookbook and I'm thinking of giving it to everyone I know who could use a little boost in the kitchen, who thinks fast food is easier and cheaper than spending a half hour in their own kitchen making something delicious.
Wonderlust81 More than 1 year ago
This an amazing book and a must have! The Mac & Cheese recipe is a new family favorite.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 25 years old and couldn't cook to save my life when my husband and I got married. We dated for 7.5 years before we got married and I always over cooked or under cooked everything. Then I was introduced to Jamie and he showed me how simple cooking was. Now I love it, I cook every night and most of the meals take less than 30 minutes to cook so you can spend more time with those you love. For anyone who is jsut being introduced to the world of cooking Jamie is the way to go. He explains why things are the way they are and encourage you to share your cooking experiences with others so that you can learn and develop your own cooking style. Thank you Jamie for teaching me not only to enjoy cooking but to cook well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago