Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
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Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life

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Jamie Oliver presents this no-nonsense guide to simple cooking with great flavours all year round. He finds inspiration from his vegetable patch at home and includes 100 new recipes, plus some basic planting information and tips.
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin
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Christine
This book is huge! The gardener and tree hugger in my equally appreciate Oliver's take on food. Oliver weaves conversations about food production, environmental issues, balancing hugging trees with real life, etc. in with his great recipes. He promotes local food, eating foods in season, and discusses the reality of our current food production world. The recipes are mostly straight-forward and simple, which is helpful for us ADD folks. ;-)
Alex Mendiola
I love the unconventional format of this book. Oliver groups the recipes by season/ingredient. This is a great companion to his television series, ironically titled "Jamie at Home." His passion and enthusiasm for fresh ingredients and simple recipes translates very well to the page. Personally, I like to have a companion photo with as many recipes as possible for presentation ideas and this book has wonderful photographs of the food. I haven't cooked all the recipes yet but, I must say that most...more
Kelly
May 24, 2009 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jamie Oliver fans
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Whenever I peer into this book, I'm attacked by the green monster of jealousy. How gorgeous (and gigantic) is his garden? It's so fantastic! And that's what's really interesting about his latest cookbook. He intimately describes his garden and teaches you how to grow veggies...shortly, it's awesome.

I've tried a few recipes from his book. I tried his asparagus dishes, which were all fantastic. And I made his onion soup, which turned out yummy. The best thing I think I made so far was the blackbe...more
Jane
Love the format of this book. If you're fond of gardening or just dreaming to own a vegetable garden despite living in a cramped urban apartment like me, this book is a great treat! Like most Jamie Oliver's books, this one is filled with great photos, colors, and pretty illustrations.
Christine
It's been more than a year and I'm still working through this inspirational collection of seasonal recipes. Frankly, I'm appalled it's taking me so long when everything I make turns out lovely.

Jamie Oliver, my cooking icon, uses veggies as the centerpiece in the majority of the recipes grouped here and every passthrough I find something droolworthy. One of my favorite recipes, the Asparagus and Potato Tart, has made numerous dinner appearances, despite the pitfalls of creating a filo crust. Grrr...more
Kecia
This is one of the most interesting cookbooks I've come across. It's divided by season and subdivided by main ingredient...with gardening tips thrown in to boot! Very cool way to organize recipes, IMHO. And the photography is gorgeous.

In the Introduction Jamie gives a shout out to the Brittish sitcom The Good Life. I fell in love with that show back in the late 80s. The show was produced in the 70s and was way ahead of the curve telling the story of a couple who went off the grid to live a susta...more
Carolyn
Each chapter of this book was an episode of Jamie at Home (all of which were fantastic). It's in seasonal order and highlights the food Jamie makes at home throughout the year, which includes most things he grows in his garden, as well as broader topics like eggs, barbecue, foraged mushrooms, feathered game, pastry and pizza. He does 3-4 recipes for each section (all complete with beautiful photos) as well as a short write up about each - mostly his planting, growing and harvesting tips, but als...more
Audrey
This isn't really a cookbook as much as it is a manifesto or a lifestyle book. The photography is GORGEOUS, and the book itself is just beautiful, with thick textured paper and a lovely cloth cover. I'm just beginning my cooking experiments, so a lot of the recipes here seem very unfamiliar to me -- not what *I* would consider simple fare. Aside from that, I thought that the gardening / vegetable information was extremely helpful and really liked that portion of the book. This is one to really s...more
Elizabeth
I absolutely love Jamie at Home, so was really excited when I saw that a cookbook was coming out. The show is focused on single, seasonal ingredients - so, for example, three recipes about rhubarb - and the cookbook takes a similar focus. In addition, the cookbook has advice about eating and growing local. We haven't made many recipes from the cookbook yet, but I've genuinely enjoyed reading it, and am looking forward to doing more as the seasons come around.
Hillary
My favorite, most used cookbook! Many pages have food splatters on them, which to me, means that a cookbook is loved, and serving it's purpose in the world.
Yesim
Great book to curl up with. Makes u want to buy a farm, a land and start everything new by planting and growing ... :))
Terri
Good book. Not just to cook from, but also to flick through. Lovely pictures.
Danielle
If you're trying to figure out new ways to highlight the bounty of your garden, this is it. Using simple, everyday pantry items (for the most part) Jamie really brings out the best in fresh, ripe produce.

The photos are gorgeous, and the recipes are very easy to follow. The book is broken up into seasons, and the Mothership tomato salad is not to be missed. It is stupidly easy, but tastes like everything tomatoes ever promised to be. A bottle of wine, a loaf of crusty bread, and maybe some chees...more
Jenn
SO CHARMING. Many of the recipes are titled things like Beautiful, Incredible, Amazing, or Really Very Delicious, and include instructions like "Preheat the oven to full whack." There are gorgeous, gorgeous photos of Oliver's garden and the beautiful food that comes out of it, and the whole thing is just incredibly (amazingly! really very deliciously!) inspiring, a celebration of food and cooking and eating. Arranged seasonally, with some basic instructions for growing various kinds of vegetable...more
jennifer
I'm a pretty big fan of Oliver's and have been for many years. He's about the only celebrity chef I really like, though I've recently gotten hooked on the Rachel Allen:Bake! show. Anyway, I do actually use Oliver's recipes on a regular basis and this book has several I'm going to try out, especially a beautiful meringue and chocolate dessert.
This book is sectioned off by ingredients, such as an all mushroom section or all leeks. In each section are instructions for growing that fruit or vegetabl...more
Maxime
Another "Go to" Favourite of mine love the seasonality of this book great recipes for mid week meals to entertaining the family!!
Colleen
I am absolutely in love with Jamie's love of fresh, organic gardening and cooking (and way of life) and love this companion cookbook to his tv series. The photography and illustrations are wonderful and the recipes are simple to make and the flavors are fantastic... he really lets the food sing in every dish. Keep things fresh, keep things simple, eat healthy food and know where it comes from... and hopefully grow some of your own. So happy to have something to keep from watching & loving hi...more
Mike Miller
was a really fun read
Hannah
Oliver's food philosophy is similar to my own, and this book is an obvious choice for me. In the future I hope to have a vege garden of my own, but until then I will incorporate the windowsill herbs and balcony spinach and rocket crops into my everyday. How wonderful, I think, to eat with the seasons and to be inspired to create and experiment.

Underneath all that, there is delicious food written about in Oliver's friendly conversational style. And thats all I really ask for, so, yet again I'm a...more
Liivi
It's really weird to say, that I read a cookbook. But I really did read this cookbook, from cover-to-cover.
I figured out that I have something in common with Jamie Oliver, we both describe the food in the same way. It's something that lives it's own life.
This book has very good recepies, a good ideas how to grow your own vegetables and other food that you can grow by yourself.
I recommend this book for everyone I know having a thing for cooking. : )
Maryann
I haven't actually used any recipes from this book yet... but I love the concept! It is well written and organized and the photographs are unique and evocative. But my favorite part of this book is how Jamie tells you in detail how to grow many of the different ingredients he uses and then he dedicates entire sections of the book to those ingredients - i.e. rhubarb, tomatoes, etc. He also has a section on wild game that is very interesting.
Glo
This book provides some excellent recipes all of which tie in with home grown vegetables that I have grown in my back garden. All the tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas that me and my friends have grown have well and truly been put to use after reading this book!

To look at grow your ownproducts that I have bought to help me when reading this book click this link.
Claire
I looked through this book at a library to see if I wanted to purchase it. From what I could tell, it has stunning imagery and great information for someone with a lot of garden-related resources (which I don't have right now). The recipes were also a bit too complex for my style, and a bit too British. I found a lot of instructions and ingredients that I didn't recognize, so it's not something that would be well used by me.
Tattered Cover Book Store
Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook is gorgeous. The paper quality is lovely, and the photographs, many of which are multi-page spreads, are of an almost-dreamlike quality. It also reflects Jamie's obsession with his garden and cooking with the fresh produce from it. As always, his recipes are easy-to-follow, full of surprising taste combinations, and delicious. For a cook and a gardener, this is another must-have.

Joe
Jennifer Rodda
Great cook book for those with a veg garden. Don't know what to do with all those tomatoes in March? Just refer to this book and you could have a batch of home made tomato ketchup proudly sitting on your pantry shelf to enjoy when tomato season is over. The salad section is particularly good. I just made the Grilled Peach Salad with Bressaola and a Creamy Dressing for my lunch - simple, quick and delicious.
Libby
I realise that its rather trendy to hate on Mr Oliver at the moment but I just need to say, God I love you and your garden Jamie Oliver! I have a flourishing herb and veg garden, am in the process of building my own little wood fired oven and building a chook pen and I have never loved cooking more! Thanks for the inspiration Jamie and more power to you and your obvious love of food and cooking.
Barbara
This is based on the television show (currently airing on The Cooking Channel) of the same name. Simple recipes, from the garden to the table. Includes tips on how to grow vegetables, how to make pizza dough, etc. Excellent photographs, easy to follow. The US version has measurements converted (UK version in metric). Fantastic.
I can't wait to make the butternut squash cupcakes.
Stacey
Just got this book and it is brilliant! I can't wait to try out all the great dishes. I particularly love the format of the book. It has great pictures and is broken up into seasons which helps encourage people to eat the meat and veg appropriate to the time of year. It also has great tips for starting your own garden so you have the right pieces for these dishes at the right time.
doreen
I'd really give this one a 3.5, because I didn't feel the recipes were of particular use to me unless I had an awesome garden, but it was incredibly inspiring and encouraging in creating such a garden. I blame Jamie Oliver for tapping into my latent desire for an herb garden and making it, somewhat, a reality.

He's also inspired me to keep chickens someday. Look out!
Cindy
Wish I could grow a huge garden & harvest my own veg. I love reading cook books to salivate over and to be inspired by, quite like my fascination with The Food Network.. The book gives great insight on definitions, tips,ideas and how-to's. I may not have fresh beans and squash, but it all looked good enough to try to make with or without going to the back yard to harvest.
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