I got this book after deciding I wanted to improve my cooking skills, almost seven years ago, now It looked complete, diverse and versatile, so I picked it up And honestly, it changed the way I looked at the process of cooking entirely I discovered a new set of skills and a passion for cooking because of that book, and I owe Mr Oliver for that.
The conversational style he writes the instructions in is great, because it simplifies the process, making the recipes less intimidating Many recipes also have easily frozen or re heated leftovers, so no waste He also gives variants on many recipes, to encourage people to be creative once they mastered the basic, and create their own delicious twists Oliver wanted to make the readers appreciate the work that goes into preparing a good meal, and as far as I am concerned, the end result was that I just wanted to cook , and became and passionate about it He also encourages habits like buying fresh ingredients and organic or free range meat and eggs, which I just love That being said, with a bit experience under my belt, I can see flaws in some of the recipes his paella has way too much liquid in it, for instance , his excessive use of oil and his shyness about strong spices, but given how much I got out of the book in the first place, I can t dock a star off for that Besides, you learn to cook the same way you learn everything else by occasionally fucking up The recipes are still very reliable and fun to make.
It s a perfect book for starter cooks, as it makes you see cooking as fun, and not as a chore I would particularly recommend it to people with limited cooking experience, or who work a lot and don t have time to spend a whole day preparing a Julia Child style feast, but who care about making their food from scratch and eating healthy For my part, I can tell you it changed the way I looked at my kitchen and turned cooking into a passion Everyone who likes cooking ought to have a copy on their shelves.
It s not a vegetarian friendly book, however Certain recipes containing meat can be substituted with veggies, but others really can t I would also recommend getting a copy of the hardcover edition, and it s easier to keep propped open on the counter while you cook.
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 KitchenThis 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 5 stars English hardcover present from Jop great recipes from Oliver to make with not to mutch to spent Loving it Absolutely outstanding This is now my favorite cookbook, and I ll be buying it if I don t receive it for Christmas So far I ve made the meatballs, banana oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and chickan tikka masala curry The one time I tried to make meatballs before this recipe, I overcooked them and they fell apart in the pasta Following the directions from this book, my meatballs became fragrant with rosemary and held together well My husband loved them The oatmeal was delicious, and the scrambled eggs recipe yielded perfect scrambled eggs Actually, I ve always always overcooked my eggs and my husband never really liked them, so he was thrilled with the results this time around I was hesitant to try making curry, because I doubted I could make it as good as the kind we get as take out, but it was also perfect I think the cilantro yogurt almond toppings really helped to make it so yummy There are colorful photos for EVERY recipe, usually at least several of the process, which I appreciated so much The recipes do rely heavily on fresh herbs, but I was able to find a lot of things out of the book that I could make on a tight grocery budget, with some small substitutions plain eggs instead of cage free organic, etc.
First off, I want to commend the art team on this book great text layout, gorgeous pictures, and excellent paper But beyond the visual appeal, I m at a loss for praise.
Granted, as an intermediate level cook, it doesn t look like I m the target audience for his Food Revolution campaign, but I was bewildered to find recipes for things like plain oatmeal, boiled eggs, smoothies, and white rice I know he s assuming only a passing familiarity with the stove, but many of these recipes can be found on the sides of packages And the vast majority of the other recipes are lackluster salads, various grilled roasted meats, omelets, vegetables with herbs butter, sauces for ice cream The only interesting dishes were in the curries section, and for that I d be better served by a Madhur Jaffrey cookbook.
I was also surprised to find many recipes required fairly premium items like filet mignon, sun dried tomatoes, jarred roasted red peppers, and cr me fraiche By no means were ALL the recipes so posh, but for a book that touts simple, affordable meals , they seemed fairly out of place.
Overall, the cookbook delivers basic variations on basic themes which, frankly, left me bored and uninspired Beginner cooks might find some value in the visuals, but for comprehensive lessons in technique and excellent recipes to boot I would steer them towards Mark Bittman s How to Cook Everything Simple Recipes for Great Food.
I bought this cookbook after watching Jamie Oliver s Food Revolution documentary series I m from West Virginia and it was filmed about 3 hours away from me in Huntington, WV I loved the tv series and everything he had to say about nutrition, so I couldn t resist supporting Jamie and attempting to make my life healthy.
I easily found all of the ingredients from the recipes I ve cooked at my local Kroger It seemed a little expensive when I went shopping, but each recipe seems to last for days I actually started cutting them in half since I only feed my boyfriend and myself Jamie added a lot of pictures of the cooking process for every recipe That was extremely helpful I hadn t cooked with a lot of the vegetables he uses, so they often looked very strange almost disgusting But his photographs showed me I was doing everything correctly and that his looked just as strange It was also nice to see the sizes he would chop slice and cut things into.
There were so many great recipes, and I haven t even cooked everything in it yet My favorite Pot Roast Meatloaf I ve made it many times First for myself, then for family dinners and potlucks.
I also loved the chapter on Indian food My favorite type of food is Indian Jamie made the recipes so easy and still filled with all those Indian flavors.
I started reading several books last week, most of them novels, but the book that got me the most excited was of all things a cookbook I decided to order this book from the library after watching a couple episodes of Jamie Oliver s Food Revolution, a show where the British chef comes to the American South and tries to reform the disgusting eating habits of the unhealthiest town in the world Jamie Oliver reveals and rebukes the greasy, processed food that Americans eat, trying to turn over a new leaf in the school lunch program at a public elementary school.
After waiting than two months for my hold request to be fulfilled as the 24th person in line at the library , I finally picked up my copy of the cookbook, Jamie s Food Revolution Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals Cookbooks aren t generally a read it from cover to cover item, but I found that this was one cookbook I couldn t put down Jamie begins by telling the novice chef what tools every good kitchen should contain and what ingredients every pantry should be stocked with I made some notes on the latter for my next trip to Winco Then he launches into the recipes.
The first section listed off a handful of twenty minute meals for people who are short on time With names like Shrimp and Avacado with an Old School Marie Rose Sauce, I found that they did indeed look simple and delicious, though maybe not quite as affordable as our usual fare The next section of the book was even intriguing Quick Pasta The pasta dishes I usually make are a last ditch resort born of empty cupboards and small imagination Jamie offers exciting dishes like Broccoli and Pesto Tagliatelle, containing only a handful of ingredients but looking mouthwateringly delicious in the full color pictures.
The book proceeded with Tasty Stir Fries and Easy Curries I resolved then and there that I was going to make a curry that week, something I had never before attempted A few days later I produced a passable Chicken Tikka Masala, with a lovely sauce and decent chicken that would probably have been tender if my stovetop had a even heat.
The next section contained recipes for salads This exemplified what I love about Jamie Oliver s book versatility In the salad section, he tries to teach you general rules so that you can whip up your own salad creation The full color chart on page 119 has six rows of kinds of ingredients soft, crunchy, herby, veggies, cheese, and toppings Each of the rows contains four items for instance, the herby row has mint, basil, italian parsley, and arugula All you need to do is pick one ingredient from each row to come up with an awesome salad There are literally hundreds of combinations to choose from.
The second recipe that I cooked from this book was the Beef and Ale Stew, and I must say that it turned out divine The portions for most of the main dishes are for 4 6 servings, so we have half of the stew in the freezer waiting for another day Yesterday, I was sorely tempted to take it out and heat it up for lunch, but I resisted knowing, that someday soon, I would want to put a delicious dinner on the table without doing any work.
I highly recommend this cookbook to beginner and expert chefs alike I like it so much that I ordered my own copy from.
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This is not a beginners cookery book, intermediate It is full of some good recipes 6 out of 8 good, 2 bad so far , but they are chef recipes in that they do the following 1 They suddenly at the end say, add boiled potatoes or any other items that will take 20 mins without ever mentioning it previously in the recipe.
2 They contain lots and lots of herbs, different sorts of oil etc etc Which is fine and adds complexity to the flavour, but just puts off beginners When JO was in Italy the locals gave him a hard time for over complicating food and not allowing the simple underlying flavours to come through, and he does do this.
3 You can double most of the timings, unless you are a good cook, or you have made the items 2 or 3 times before, or you too have an assistant to chop and peel for you.
I know the 40s 50s photographic style is deliberate it does look weird sometimes Summary Home cooking tastes nice, chefs can cook Cookery books over complicate simple dishes.