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

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  7,720 ratings  ·  241 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 ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 16, 2010 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
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
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great salad ideas & easy curry paste recipes!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars - English hardcover - present from Jop - great recipes from Oliver to make with not to mutch to spent. Loving it! 😀😍🦋💜
I got this book after deciding I wanted to improve my cooking skills, almost seven years ago, now. It looked complete, diverse and versatile, so I picked it up. And honestly, it changed the way I looked at the process of cooking entirely. I discovered a new set of skills and a passion for cooking because of that book, and I owe Mr. Oliver for that.

The conversational style he writes the instructions in is great, because it simplifies the process, making the recipes less intimidating. Many recipes
Feb 09, 2012 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
Dec 07, 2009 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 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
Rosanne Lortz
Sep 06, 2010 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 wasof all thingsa cookbook. I decided to order this book from the library after watching a couple episodes of Jamie Olivers 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 new ...more
Nov 13, 2008 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 ...more
Sep 14, 2010 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.
Justin Walshaw
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the cover suggests, 'Revolution' finds our hero behind the Iron Curtain attempting to introduce his own brand of music to the Soviets, called Wok n Roll.
Will he succeed? Or will he plummet headfirst into some borscht? What will his children think of his terrible taste in shirts? This and many more questions left unanswered.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have tried several recipes from this book now and overall I have been pleased with the results. The only flaw with this book is the way the method has been written, it can be very confusing and difficult to follow.
Alexander Case
Jan 25, 2015 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
Alex Mendiola
Jun 11, 2010 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. Ill let you all read it but, essentially, it was a government department set ...more
Marbeth Lynch
Apr 17, 2015 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 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.

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Apr 19, 2010 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!
Aug 02, 2010 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...
Mar 16, 2011 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.
Nov 03, 2010 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.
Kathryn Hodgson
Mar 04, 2013 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!
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty good cook book! Easy recipes and delish!
Before I graduated, I knew how to cook two things: eggs and boxed macaroni and cheese. Then my sister bought me Jamie Olivers simplest cookbook for Christmasthe one with a back flap that promises, anyone can learn to cook. Within weeks, I went from eating Chipotle every night to cooking chicken tikka masala and spaghetti bolognese. This change was good for my diet, but it was also good for my social life. I started inviting people over for dinner two or three times a week. That was how I started ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
Very easy to follow, an ideal book for someone who is trying to learn how to cook. It was recommended by my neighbour.
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook, reference
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
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Julie H.
Nov 07, 2011 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 ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Olivers 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
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
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