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I could sit and watch Jamie Oliver all day however this book isn't for the simple cook. The recipes are detailed and the ingredients sometimes out of the ordinary, however without them flavour would be compromised and Jamie wouldn't be doing what he does best. Not my favourite cook book but would recommend if you have the time and commitment to put the effort in making the meals.
I was brought this book as a gift and I would say it is one of the best cookbooks I own. I attribute the use of cookbooks by the number of recipes I actually use from the book. I have added a number of meals and snack from this book to my monthly diet.
I love this book. As some other reviewers said it does have some ingredients that are hard to get (particularly outside of the UK), however so far I was able to either find a subsitute on line, or make my own (like in the case of harissa, which I had never heard of). The final result of the dishes that I have made were so flavourful and satisfying that they will be made again and again. Sometimes they were so good we forgot that they are so healthy. I am glad I purchased this and look forward to making many more delicious meals from this book.
Love all of Jamie's books. This one was very good. I expected it to be a departure from his usual cooking, and it is as expected. He kept it quite main stream which is no harm if it gets us all thinking about eating healthier. If you want to go the whole hog, so to speak, Madeline Shaw, the Hemsley sisters and Roz Purcell go all out on the healthy stuff too. I love this book as I do like Jamie's approach to his recipes.
Jamie's cook books are always good value. In this one he's concentrating on healthy eating, and I think there are more unusual ingredients here than you would find in his other books. For instance, granola for breakfast, corn and quinoa salad for lunch, and roasted squash laksa bake for dinner. Jamie's recipes look delicious, and nutritional values are given, in line with his campaign to get schools and families eating healthy food. All his books are good, but this is the one to buy if you want healthy recipes and don't mind trying new ingredients such as spelt spaghetti, sprouting seeds or bresaola. As far as weight is concerned, the best way to maintain a healthy weight is to eat the sort of food that you enjoy. If you like this type of trendy food, this might be the book for you. Finding ways of eating that suits the individual is key to weight management - if this is of interest you might also like to look at
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Great recipes and easy to follow. Have given us sone new ideas for meals, particularly at weekends. Found the breakfasts particularly best for weekends as time is tight on a work day morning. Bought from a market place seller and pages had some turned corners so wasn't in as good a condition as advertised.
My sort of food. I love it! Jamie is a master of intense and beautiful flavour combinations that work!. His recipes pop up in high end restaurants, in different guises, all over the world. Fresh, unmolested, tasty, and, as important as anything, balanced as a whole meal (he matches the accompaniments to suit that particular meal - very important!). This book takes things a step further by really cranking up the idea of using every opportunity to get really good things into your body at every opportunity in a fantastically interesting way. A natural progression from his 30 minute, then 15 meals, to this. Yum!
Jamie is such a talented and imaginative chef. The pages of this book jump out with imagination and colour . I feel healthy just reading it. Good, solid jewels of recipes here. I would be happy to give or receive as a gift.
I absolutely love this book! The recipes are quick, easy to follow and they are so delicious and healthy. I also love the fact that they are divided into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Drinks. If you are a fan of Jamie and you want to eat healthy delicious food, you should definitely buy this book. A lot of effort was put behind it.