Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals
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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 Hyperion (first published 2008)
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Misha
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...more
Jonathan
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...more
Laura
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
Chara
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...more
Hadley
Nov 13, 2008 Hadley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Alex Mendiola
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
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
Andy
Feb 25, 2013 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: families, those with minimal cooking skills, quick inspiration
Shelves: cookbooks
I like this book a lot and have used it frequently over the last few years. He manages to succeed in keeping things simple yet varied with a limited selection of ingredients. Not quite as pernickety as some of his earlier books. Plus, I like the cooking ethos he's trying to promote in this book. Good for family meals, ideas and for those with limited cooking experience (there's some fairly basic stuff in there I skip over).

The sizzling beef with spring onions and black bean sauce is divine and I...more
Zoe
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...more
Joy
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!
Loren
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.
Margaux
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...more
Heather
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.
Diana
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...
Melissa
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
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...more
Kathryn Hodgson
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!
Emi
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...more
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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
Martha
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...more
Sophia
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.
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
Sherry
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...more
Stacy
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
Kristel
The focus of Food Revolution is the idea of getting people who don't cook or don't cook much or who mainly just order take out or buy ready-made to start cooking. Oliver's trying to show that cooking doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming and that it's healthier and tastier than ready-made or take out.

Oliver also puts forth the idea that people who buy the books should learn some of the recipes and then pass them on to other people so that they'll start cooking as well. So here's me pa...more
Marina_f
Меня вполне можно назвать фанатом Джейми Оливера - мне импонирует его подход к кулинарии и еде. В своих книгах он делает ставку на сбалансированность и разнообразие питания, а не на внешний вид или заумное название. Например, Креветки без Хлопот - это действительно просто креветки и совсем без хлопот, которые выгладят так, будто вам их подали в азиатской забегаловке, но они полезные и вкусные, а главное - приготовлены собственноручно за каких-то 20 минут!

Именно "Министерство Питания" мне кажетс...more
Mara
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...more
Dolly
Mar 31, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in learning how to cook healthy, fresh meals
I am a big fan of Jamie Oliver. I've watched him on cooking shows and on his series "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," so I know that he had a lot to offer regarding cooking techniques as well as fantastic ways to motivate people. So when I discovered this book at our local library, I just knew I needed to read it!

Many of his recipes are a bit more complicated than I normally cook, but a lot of others follow along the same lines as what I do already. So I found some challenges and a nice reassur...more
Kerri
This is the essential Jamie Oliver cookbook and I'm proud to say that it has permanently sparked my love for cooking. I have worn the hardcover on this book out I've used it so much.

The key to Jamie's success, especially in this book, is that he breaks recipes down so that even the most unskilled, clumsy, kitchen neophyte like myself can feel accomplished and like they did a good job with just a few ingredients.

The Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is absolutely to-die for and has received endless comp...more
Rachel
This is a well-done beginner's cookbook with delicious looking recipes. The best thing about this cookbook are the pictures (sometimes up to 4 or 5) on each page, that shows the stages of the recipe, something that is super helpful for any level cook. The cookbook includes photos of people who have used his recipes and says how much it changed their lives. I liked the nice touches he used in the cookbook, like in the curry section where he explains how to make so many different kinds of curry an...more
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