Newest Review: ... that isnt the case with this book. The book is split into four sections based on the seasons, it also has sections on how to grow your o... more
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Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life - Jamie Oliver
Advantages: Growing advice, wide range of recipes, great pictures
Disadvantages: Categorised by season rather than starter, main, etc
After seeing the tv series I'd had my eye on this book for a while, so when we moved house and started growing our own fruit and veg it seemed a good investment. I bought it last year from Amazon without having seen the inside and going on the fact that I liked the recipes from the show and also Jamie's attitude towards cooking with home grown produce. When it arrived I was pleased to see that it was what I expected.
The book is set out in four main blocks which represent the seasons, encouraging you to cook with ingredients that are around at that time. These are subdivided into separate sections that each focus on a particular ingredient, making it easy to find a recipe for what you may have a glut of! There is also an introductory message as expected, and a section at the back listing helpful websites, seed suppliers etc.
The book has a rustic feel, very organic and typically Jamie. Each section starts with a couple pages from Jamie about his experience with that ingredient, how he sources/grows it and a bit about its heritage. Then there are the recipes covering starters, mains and desert. These include Indian carrot salad, cauliflower and broccoli cannelloni, and asparagus and potato tart. Each recipe has an illustration of the finished dish to give you an idea of what you're aiming for.
Don't get the wrong idea though, this book isn't about eating healthily, it's focused on using good quality, local ingredients. I really like the ethics behind this book, it also has some beautiful illustrations and great recipes and that is why I'm giving it 5 stars.
Summary: A cookbook that encourages you to grow your own and eat with the seasons
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