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I love this book. To be clear there is no way I can make the meals in 15 minutes - once you factor in prep (getting everything out, on, ready), plus not being a professional chef (albeit fairly handy in a kitchen), it's more like 25 minutes, although I find I can trim this down the more I cook a particular recipe. I also prefer to get all the veggies etc prepped before I start rather than doing it on the fly like Jamie does as I find myself getting stressed otherwise. What I love is that you make a really delicious meal with incredible flavour combinations without having to worry about what will go well with what. I've probably made about 15 or so of the recipes and there are only a couple I didn't think were really yum. Even my 9 and 7 year old children love this food - things that they would normally not countenance have been gobbled up with glee. Apart from the time thing - which is just a marketing gimmick really - the only other downside I have found is the amount of clearing up - millions of pans, food processors, bowls, knives, graters etc etc to wash up after. However - a small price to pay for delicious food. If you want true 15 minute meals- you could try the Joe Wicks 'Lean in 15' book, but for me the meals were just a bit on the bland side. I also recommend the 30 minute meals book - feasible even for midweek if you leave out the desserts.
Amazon tells me we bought this book two years ago - it's still our number one book to go to if we want something seriously delicious, offensively healthy and that we can prep and cook within an hour. Yeah an hour (max), technically it might be possible to do them in 15 minutes but you'll need practice and it will get very stressful. A small price to pay though for such great dishes. Negatives (apart from the slight cooking time fib) are: making these meals turns our kitchen into a bombsite which needs another 15 minutes of dedicated cleaning, also our shopping bill goes up noticeably when we have a few of these in the weeks menus. Even with all that though - almost every meal is a delight to eat, can't even take a star off.
Great product. All of the recipes are simple to make and taste great. I am slowly working my way through them. Obviously it's tricky to get them done in 15 mins, but the point really is that they are very simple, quick, yummy and healthy. To be honest, they are pretty foolproof. You will have to shop for your fresh ingredients and stock up your pantry for the dried ones, but if you use the book a lot, you will use a lot of the dried ingredients time and again. We are enjoying trying lots of new flavours and are trying to try at least 1 new dish a week which is fun.
I am not a fan of Jamie Oliver but after seeing his 15 min meals and some looked lovely I decided to get the book. I made the Pork Jerk. I made up the Jerk sauce earlier which was lovely then it came to the cooking all the pan were on and hot the oven up to temp so I started it took more like 25 minutes and thats with out the sauce to be made the meal was OK I've had better so not very impressed.
Fantastic recipe book from the previously naked chef, Jamie Oliver. Great recipes from the TV series where, if you've got the equipment, you can produce delicious, nutritious food in 15 mins (give or take), some practice may be required. Well written, beautifully illustrated and full of info a must for anyone who likes to make their own food or any fan of Mr Oliver. Recommended.
I give this book five stars for its tasty recipes, five stars for the beautiful photographs, three starts for the lousy editing (clarity and organisation of the text can be much improved), and one star for the recipe timings. These can't be done in 15min, and I say this as somebody considered to be a fast cook at home. Maybe some recipes can be done in 20min with practice, but the majority are closer to 30-40min from picking the ingredients from the fridge/cupboard until placing the prepared meal on the table. Should you buy the book? Absolutely! The recipes are just delicious. Simply assume it'll take you half an hour do each and you won't be disappointed.
Love this book. Yes the recipes do take longer than 15 minutes to make but they taste delicious. The recipes are easy to follow. we have made the cajun chicken with sweet potato mash and sweetcorn salsa (could eat this everyday),the lamb kofta's with Greek salad and couscous were super tasty. we have also made the bbq pork with cajun rice. As a family of 5 finding something that everyone enjoys can be tricky but this book is a winner for family meals. Would definitely recommend it.
I have to agree with those that say most recipes don't take 15 minutes unless you've learnt it and practiced, but if you are prepared with all the ingredients, they're all within 25.
I am not a fan of how much Jamie uses lemon and vinegar in food, but that is personal taste and I found it easy to adapt some of the recipes to my family's taste.
All in all the flavours are fantastic and the dishes are healthy. We already have a few favourites I've made quite a few times, both my family and a a few guests have benefitted and comment in how good the dishes are.
The only watch out from me is be prepared for quite a bit more mess than your standard weekday meal. It definitely pays to work tidy like a true chef and have a dishwasher handy with so many pots, pans and utensils in play.