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Cookbook Review: Jamie's Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver

Must Read: Jamie's Food Revolution

As someone who's followed Jamie Oliver throughout the years, I was intrigued when I heard about his plans to overhaul the eating habits of Americans on a new TV show. But apparently his latest project is even bigger than that: he's also come out with his ninth cookbook, Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals ($35). The premise of the title, which hits stores next week, is that cooking good food from scratch saves money and your health. Hoping to transform takeout-lovers into home cooks, this book is studded with real-life testimonials. But is it revolutionary? Find out when you read more.

Pros:

  • Perfectly shot, close-up photos detail each step of every recipe.
  • Covers a wide range of dishes from breakfast to dinner that take inspiration from the East and the West.
  • Includes Jamie Oliver's take on standby dinner courses, such as paella, roast beef, and salmon en croute.

Cons:

  • Steps aren't numbered or listed; they're written in paragraph form, so recipes are harder to navigate through in the kitchen.
  • One part is dedicated to 20-minute meals, but few of the recipes would actually take 20 minutes for a true beginner.
  • For a healthy food revolution, many of the recipes aren't actually so wholesome — like the pasta that calls for an entire block of Camembert cheese.

Recipes: The tome includes sections dedicated to stir-fries, pastas, curries, and — my favorite — simple, straightforward roasts. Some eye-catching recipes include ground beef wellington, creamy baked leeks, and a chocolate fruit and nut tart.

Imagery: With the exception of the index and credits, there isn't a single section in the book that hasn't been graced with vivid and realistic photographs.

Overall Rating: As convinced as Jamie Oliver is about starting a nationwide food revolution, I'm not so sure. Non-cooks may find a number of the recipes overwhelming. I will, however, keep the book handy to reference refined versions of classic dinner dishes.


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ccy ccy 6 years
I have this book and I have to say the recipies are easy and things you would want to try at home and pass on to friends to try. There are a few recipies he outright admits are not really healthy but where in being healthy does it mean you can't splurge on occassion? The point was to get people cooking at home and I think it works!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 6 years
I have watched the TV series 'Jamie's Food Revolution' and it wasn't very interesting. The concept was good in theory but the TV show didn't do anything for me. :shrug: In the TV show (that goes with this book), the emphasis was put on healthy eating and controlling the ingredients that go into your food. If you make your own sweet and sour pork or mac and cheese at home from scratch, there are big chances it'll be healthier in some ways than fast food or the store-bought stuff. That was his point.
bvfashion bvfashion 6 years
It doesn't say anywhere about it being a healthy food revolution. More like a taste revolution.
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