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Personally I dislike Jamie Oliver, but this first book of his remains inspirational (despite his 'Mockney' slang) with ideas as fresh then as they remain today. I bought The Naked Chef pre-used, but in vgc and am very pleased with my purchase and seeing it back on the shelf since the last cookbook got lost in our house move.
Having been bored with cooking for myself, being a recent widow, Jamie Oliver`s TV programmes have inspired me into giving dinner parties again which is why I have both of his books. I like his simplicity & figured if he can do all this in a half-hour prog. I can surely do the same in just a little longer. I have tried more than seven so far this month and one comment from my guests "That was a cracking meal!"- to the carpaccio of beef. And the tray-baked pork chops - absolutely mouthwatering - from my daughter & son-in-law who are both top chefs. What more can I say- I rave about the lad!
Bought the book for my brother for Christmas but had a sneaky read. Bought the pasta machine also for the brother after reading the book. His best Christmas present - he said. Then bought the pasta machine for myself and read all my other books for the recipies but eventually had to phone my brother to get the low down from Jamie. Sufice to say I have now ordered another copy for myself. Wouldn't part with my 'Two fat ladies' or any of my 'Rhodes', but when you really regret giving this book as a present you know how seriously good it is.