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Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,833 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
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 accomplish ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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This is not a beginners cookery book, more 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 t
Apr 25, 2010 Misha rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, cookbook
Dear Jamie,

I love your show and your determination to convince Americans to cook fresh food instead of eating processed crap. This might, however, work a little better if you considered writing for people who live in apartments and have no counter space. I just made your very lovely raspberry vanilla cheesecake recipe. (Oh! I just realized I completely left out the vanilla. Ah, well.) It also would have been helpful if you explained to me how to make orange and lemon zest. I had a vague idea th
Feb 07, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
Great salad ideas & easy curry paste recipes!
Feb 09, 2012 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 foun
Dec 07, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Chara rated it it was amazing
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 more 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 da
Nov 13, 2008 Hadley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't like to cook
I have been watching his TV show as well as downloading his podcast from the Minestry of Food and it has been so fun to get into the ease of these recipies. I am an experienced home cook but this book put a lot of great and really easy ideas into play for me. Philip, who never cooks much has taken to making dinners on Sat night and made the Chicken Chow Mein and it was seriously one of the best stir-frys I have eaten! Even our kids chowed down without complaint.(and there was "green stuff" it it ...more
I wholeheartedly agree with the concept behind this book. Get people back in the kitchen, cooking dinner from scratch. To that end this book had a lot of very useful information (e.g. basic directions on how to cook rice, or how long to boil an egg) .

One of the great things about the recipes in this book is that they, not only are easy to make, but make great jumping off points. They don't use any weird ingredients. The book is British and therefore contains a lot of recipes for fish and lamb,
Dec 13, 2010 Loren rated it it was ok
Shelves: slow-food
Oh look, I'm British and my Mommy and Daddy let me cook in their restaurant and now I write books with a sprinkle of this and a handful of that.

Listen Jamie Oliver, don't call it a Food Revolution if you require alfalfa flour and ketchup in the same recipe or worse yet, call for canned goods as main ingredients. He should be ashamed of himself.
Aug 03, 2010 Diana rated it did not like it
Blech. Hoped it would be better than this. I like the idea of good food cooked at home to feed families, but I didn't like the recipes. And honestly, I can't take one more vow in my life right now (learn one recipe from each chapter, vow to teach it to at least two more people). I get it Jamie, but honestly...
Alexander Case
Jan 25, 2015 Alexander Case rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
There are some recipes in this cookbook that fit the criteria of Simple, Delicious, and Affordable.

Almost every chapter features multiple dishes that involve expensive cuts of meat like filet mignon, or expensive fish like salmon. Also, while the book is generally good about giving pictures of how to perform some of the more uncommon culinary techniques (like butterflying), the fact of the matter is that I wouldn't have someone try a recipe (or even look at a recipe) that involves butterflying u
Alex Mendiola
Jun 11, 2010 Alex Mendiola rated it it was amazing
Those who know me are aware that I have been preaching what's in this book for years. Jamie (as shown in his recent TV reality series) exhorts that, like Britain, we are killing ourselves with food. This book combats the modern American notion that healthy food is flavorless, too expensive, and too time consuming for the masses. In the introduction, he says a few words about the Ministry of Food in Britain during WWII. I’ll let you all read it but, essentially, it was a government department set ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Sep 06, 2010 Rosanne Lortz rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Marbeth Lynch
Apr 17, 2015 Marbeth Lynch rated it it was amazing
This book was a life changer. I'd been cooking since I was young but when I went to college I got into the way of relying on convenience and pre-packaged, processed foods, mostly cos I was single. I got this book when I started my family and havent looked back. We have tried most of the recipes and enjoy around a dozen staples with themed nights to simplify meal planning, curry or chinese night, retro night, roasts or meatloaf on sundays and soups, salads through the week. I havent had takeaways ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking-food
What sets this book apart from other cookbooks today is the attitude it's written with and the way it's organized. If more cookbooks preached, as this one does, that cooking isn't too hard and you don't have to be whipping up magazine worthy food to even bother, we wouldn't have the problems we're having. It would stave off not only obesity and diabetes but the unbelievable tidal wave of people who don't know how to cook anymore. I cannot believe how many of them I meet nowadays.

The other beauty
Jul 28, 2010 Joy rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cooking
I've been a fan of Jamie Oliver for a long time but I have yet to purchase one of his cookbooks. I won't be buying this but it is a nice cookbook with colorful illustrations. I only made one of the recipes and it was a simple one. I need Jamie to come over and give me a cooking lesson in person! Or I'd be only too happy to go back to London and meet him there - ha!
Jan 20, 2014 Margaux rated it it was ok
Don't let the two star review steer you away from at least glancing through this book. I gave it two because it wasn't telling me anything I didn't already know. I know I need a whisk in my kitchen. I know how to make scrambled eggs (and probably wouldn't put that in a cookbook if I only had 360 pages).

However, there's a certain **cough cough** level of budding chef that might give this a read and be able to say without question that this book changed their life. It had beautiful photographs thr
Nov 03, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
This is a nice book, but many of the recipes weren't for my family. I'm game for most foods, but my family are very much "meat and potatoes," so many of the more non-traditional fare (like aloo gobhi) wouldn't fly in my household. I wish that wasn't the case. Good (British) recipes promoting better eating habits and more affordable ingredients.
May 27, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
Jamie Oliver gets me really excited about cooking as a basic, essential aspect of a happy life. I DESERVE TO EAT A HOME-COOKED MEAL THAT ISN'T RAMEN! YES, JAMIE, YES I DO!

This book also features some harried, working-class individuals who learned to cook for themselves and it's sort of heartwarming.
Katey Thompson
May 09, 2014 Katey Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
There are many back-to-basics, eat more healthy cookbooks. What makes this one special is that it is so accessible, telling stories of real people doing just that; learning how to cook and eat better. The recipes look fantastic too and I can't wait to try them.
For me, I love how Jaime breaks down salads and vegetables in paerticular. Too often when I serve them it is out of obligation-we all know that they're good for us-but not very tasty. I grow my own as much as I can, and while they're bette
Kathryn Hodgson
Mar 04, 2013 Kathryn Hodgson rated it it was amazing
This is a great cookbook. It certainly let's a new cook know how to make good home cooked food. I particularly like the curry section and the salad section. However, the recipes are not that simple!
Aug 13, 2015 Marijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
jamiejeva knjiga za početnike, što ne znači da iz nje i napredniji ne mogu nešto naučiti.
May 13, 2014 Emi rated it liked it
I loved his show years ago but then I moved away from home and didn't have a tv for a year. I've always had his words ringing through my mind. Real food is easy to cook. So when I found the book at the library I was excited.
I was disappointed in the book. It is geared towards the UK reader. Lots of curry and traditional meals. But the Mexican corn wasn't even right. Lol.
Don't get me wrong there are a ton of great recipes but only 4 would fit my husband and kids tastes. And I got the recipe alo
May 25, 2016 Marius rated it did not like it
This book simply doesn't hold its promise, hence the lowest mark.

It is plagued by so many unacceptable drawbacks: too many ingredients per dish, too much equipment required, some dishes simply inedible (I hope for Jamie's life that no Italian ever comes across the baked camembert pasta one), others way too fancy for a beginner handbook (Chinese water chestnut soup...); sauce and rice variations which the layman may not know how to combine; as for recipes including Patak's readymade curries, I p
Elevate Difference
Oct 15, 2013 Elevate Difference rated it really liked it
In the introduction to Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals, Oliver lays out his plan to get people cooking again by having them master at least one recipe from each of the fourteen chapters in the book. This is being called the “Pass it on Movement,” and it is the young chef’s hope that it will get Americans back in the kitchen and cooking healthy food. The introduction even ends with a pledge that Oliver encourages h ...more
The messianic philosophy about "passing it on" is grating and condescending, other than that, it is an excellent source for new cooks and motivating experienced cooks to get out their ruts.

I've tried about half a dozen of the recipes and my family enjoyed them all. Most of the recipes use a few common and inexpensive ingredients. "Sunday dinner" recipes use more expensive cuts of meat or fish, but nothing extraordinary. Also key to the success - "close enough" measuring, cutting and cooking time
Aug 15, 2011 Sophia rated it really liked it
This cookbook is great. If you saw the show you know what Jaime's message is all about. Jaime Oliver has put together very interesting dishes that are accessible to all cooks from beginners to foodies like me. I look forward to making recipes from this book and passing them to family so that they will make them as well. I also endorse Jaime's message on making fresh food that is tasty and good for you and getting away from fast food so we can all be healthier one recipe at a time. I highly recom ...more
Julie H.
Nov 07, 2011 Julie H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook-cooking
I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through Oliver's descriptions and instructions (esp. descriptions such as adding a "lug" of this and that when preparing certain dishes) contained in Jamie's Food Revolution. These are recipes for simple, relatively healthful, and straightforward dishes and condiments that are accompanied by short testimonials from the assorted average Joes/Jills who Jamie's crew taught with the condition that they share their successes. Likewise, he asks readers to "pass it o ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, owned
So far I'm loving this book! His enthusiasm has inspired me to get back to family dinners at the table with good food which I'd fallen out of habit of since my daughters growing up and moving out on their own and the discovery of gluten and dairy intolerances that were making cooking such a chore.

So much of what I cooked before was dependent on one or both of gluten or dairy that I was at a loss as to what to cook. It seemed everything had to change and all my old reliable standby recipes were
Jun 07, 2010 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Oliver’s most recent book is a spin off from the British version of his Food Revolution television series. (He later did versions of the same show in the US and Australia.) This cookbook is meant to serve as a guidebook for those willing to engage in the Food Revolution by getting back in the kitchen and cooking from-scratch recipes for ourselves and our families. The introduction asks the reader to sign a pledge not only to use the recipes but to pass them on to at least 2, preferably 4 people. ...more
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James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver, sometimes known as The Naked Chef, is an English chef and media personality well known for his growing list of food-focused television shows, his more recent roles in campaigning against the use of processed foods in national schools, and his ca
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