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Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  11,757 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Jamie at Home
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I must have had this book for about a decade now, and don't see myself parting with it any time soon. I bought it around the time I first got into growing vegetables myself, if you ignore the years I helped my dad with his vegetables when I was a child. I even ate almost all 40 of his baby cabbages straight out of the ground when I was about 3 years old, oops. It's amazing what a child can achieve while their parents aren't looking, ha ha.

This book is full of tips on how to grow fruit and vegeta
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
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
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jamie Oliver fans
Shelves: cook-books
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
Sep 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookingbooks
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.
Ms Miaow
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Love the countrified photos, layout, paper quality and format of this book (Sophie Dahl's cookbooks are similar).
However if you are vegetarian like me you wont appreciate all the references to shooting game, meat and there are some dead animal images... But for carnivores maybe it might get them thinking about where their meat actually comes from.

Great recipes (very time consuming and chefy though) the cheeky chilli chutney actually took me 3 hours over two days! Welsh rarebit, rhubarb bellini,
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Charming but ultimately I didn't leave with a single recipe that I intended to actually try.
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, food
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
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
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.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book to curl up with. Makes u want to buy a farm, a land and start everything new by planting and growing ... :))
Hillary Hall
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, cooking
Good book. Not just to cook from, but also to flick through. Lovely pictures.
Sophie Crane
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
Excellent all-round cook book. Friendly feel and many, many recipes that you WILL ACTUALLY COOK, unlike most celebrity chef books.

Jamie introduces a vegetable with a spread explaining how he grows tham in his garden, with lots of wholesome photos of him getting his hands muddy. Then follows a section on using that vegetable in the kitchen. Some recipes revolving around it, others focusing on a different main ingredient.

The pie recipe is a favourite.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely staple foods with beautiful photos and top tips on growing your own and where your food comes from.
If only I had that lovely British soil.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, wonderful photos. Excellent, Jamie.
Stephanie Hammond
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good home cooking with some great tips on how to make them extra special and tasty. Lots of handy tips and good information and photos are superb. Just what I expected from Jamie Oliver.
Carolyn Semple faucher
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gourmet Gardeners will love this book, although it may cause garden envy!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this cookbook!
Henriette Strydom
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Still use it.
Roberto Carrasco
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a lovely book, but those pictures of dead rabbits are quite creepy so I give it 4 stars and not 5.
Kimberly Ann
Personally I didn't like this book, I wouldn't use it, but for those who are in to very natural foods with the explanations: all the different types of eggs & how they are produced; how to grow asparagus; how to grow rhubarb; how to barbecue; types of lamb; and or chilies & peppers....... This is a good book for you. In fact I view it more of a text book with recipes rather than a cookbook. It is 398+ pages!

The pages are non-glossy paper; the photographs (although abundant) are neither a
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, kitchen
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
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, cookbook
Chris and I loved the roast carrot and avocado salad with orange and lemon dressing. The marinade in it is truly amazing and really makes this fresh salad. I started cooking out of this book back in 2009 and have enjoyed finding little nuggets in it ever since. We've "fancied having a go at getting our hands dirty" for awhile and are really reaping the rewards of our garden. We appreciate Jamie's passion and his views being somewhat in line with our own.
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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