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I am a real fan of Jamie Oliver because he puts so much fun and life into cooking. He has such a passion for it and makes it exciting and easy to try.
This book and the TV series was no different. He adds so much passion to cooking and food and is inspirational to people like me who love food but sometimes views eating as a chore and just eats whats easy (heating up pasta and sauce as I type!).
This book was added to my collecton because i love trying different foods and enjoy more exotic flavours.
The book is beautifully presented and the photos mirror Jamies sense of fun and passion for food and life.
The book covers 6 countires: Spain, France, Greece, Morrocco and Sweden. There is as much diversity in the food as there is in the countries. The recipes range from snacks to stocks, traditional dishes, tapas, desserts and loads more. All the recipes are easy to follow and contain only the ingredients needed to make the dish what it is rather than a huge long list that can be quite daunting. The book also teaches you about various ingredients which are specific to each country and make their food what it is. It talks about food and culture and tradition with beautiful pictures as well as your recipes. Its a bit like a mini travel guide as well! Really makes me feel like i can try new things and can do it, but also wish i was abroad sampling the food first hand as well.
Well written and beautifully presented.
I have been desperate to get a Jamie Oliver cook book for ages after having flicked through them in book shops and having watched his television shows, the food he cooks is always authentic and truly unique. I like his style and his cook cooks are very nicely photographed to show all of the dishes and they go into detail about the countries he is cooking from also. With Jamies cook books you are not just getting a book about his recipes but more of a story of his travels through those countries and seeing the people he met along the way who helped to create these dishes.
This book is a hardcover that I got and has Jamies sitting on the cover on a motorbike with all continental ingredients tied around it. The yellow type on the front has the title 'Jamie Does' and in white text underneath are all of the countries featured in the cover Spain, Morocco, Greece, France, Italy and Sweden so really it is a great variety of cultures. The book is 360 pages full of unique and traditional recipes combined and the pages are in full colour and give you a real feel for the country seeing what jamie did there which I like a lot.
This is the first chapter of the book and recently finding a love for Spanish cooking this is probably one of my favourite chapters. It is full of colour and traditional cuisine and he shows you how to cook the likes of salads, pork dishes, his favourite paella and then tapas which is amazing. He does croquetas, patatas bravas, manchego, chorizo and garlic, baby squid and many many more perfect for a dinner party. He also talks of what he got up to in Spain and he does a few Spanish desserts like tinto de verano sorbet all not too difficult to make it is more of ingredient costs which make it harder.
I love Italian food and this is my favourite food in the world but this was probably the most disappointing chapter for me as I hoped it would do more pasta etc but it doesn't really do as much as I wanted, maybe I'd be best with his Jamies Italian book. He does some salads again here, then risotto bianco but gives three twists to the recipe one of which I recently tried, my first dish cooked from the book. He adds some soup recipes, meat like beef steak venetian style and spaghetti vongole which looks lovely. He does a good variation for a dinner party though as he has 'best tiramisu' which I have to try with it being my favourite dessert.
This is a chapter I was curious about as it is not a country I know much about in terms of what they eat. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice these dishes looked and it was not like what I thought they would eat, they have Swedish meatballs, creamy mushrooms then fruity desserts like Swedish buns and berry tart. At the end of the chapters I love how he goes into detail about the ingredients used from the countries in case your are not familiar with them and shows you a picture and tells you a bit about them, it helps you learn as a cook.
I love Moroccan cooking and have not got any cook books for here so was very intrigued to see what he had to offer. He literally does everything you want from Moroccan fish and chips to tagines to couscous and a lot of traditional ingredients which is authentic and that you want to try. The pictures remind me of my holiday over there and I can't wait to try these dishes but they are a lot more complex so I will start off on the easier ones first. I did also feel the Moroccan chapter was a lot shorter than the others which was a bit annoying as I wanted to see more.
This is another country I have not been to but I have tasted the local cuisine in British-Greek run restaurants. He does a great variety of food from here starting with Greek salad, stuffed vegetables, meaty stifado, shellfish pasta, a number of seafood dishes and then more warming sticky and gorgeous pork stew. For dessert they have honeyed feta filo pies which looks nice and reminds me of something I've eaten before in Greek dining. This is a much bigger chapter, he must have explored the country further but I think he has done something every cooking skill set could try.
The final chapter is France which I have been to a number of times and although it is not a favourite of mine to eat I do eat in French restaurants the odd time. I rarely cook it which is ashame as most cookery programmes do show a number of lovely French dishes. He begins with steak tartare, and then does terrine, salads, crepes, roast lamb with beans, duck confit a classic and desserts like tarte tatin and cakes. This is a nice chapter but I again don't feel he has picked the best of French cooking here but I do want to try a few of these dishes.
I really like this book and will always look back to it forever I feel especially with the ingredient break down. It is nice to see photos of all of the recipes to show what you want to achieve and I like how Jamies narrates just as he speaks so you feel like you are reading it direct from him so it seems more personal. The end of the book finished on a thank you and the glossary is very easy to follow. In terms of following the recipes, they are good so far as I have tried a couple. I want to make a lot but it is expensive to buy some ingredients and I do feel some little ingredients are unnecessary and I do minimise them to cut costs.
I always feel the recipes turn out just as they should and I made the tomato & basil risotto and this tasted fantastic. It was an easy to follow recipe and all ingredients are listed in order but the instructions were a bit all over the place at times I would have preferred them a bit clearer but this is only on some recipes not all. I do want to try more and feel this book shows you how to make some fancy dishes in a very easy way which I like a lot.
Having travelled to most of these countries it was really nice to get this book as I do love these cultures and enjoy trying different food. This is a great cookbook to have in the kitchen or to give as a gift to someone who likes to cook as you have a great variety of dishes from each culture and you could easily make a three course meal from each nation as he has given options.
Amazon are currently selling this hardback for £14.48 with free delivery but it really is worth paying for as the book is good quality and will last the time.
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God, I love Jamie Oliver, I can't help it. I love his food and I love his recipes - they're clear and easy to follow. Best of all, they make adventurous cooking seem dead easy. This book typifies this for me. Its premise is obvious from the title - food from around the World brought to life on the page. Jamie does, and so can you. Suddenly I'm making Moroccan lamb recipes (whilst salivating over the gorgeous pictures, by the way), or really tart tarts from Sweden, or assembling Spanish tapas dishes. Ok, some of the recipes feel like too much effort for me, but that's natural in every cook book. You'll never want to eat it all. But most of it is easy. And you feel great when you've tried something and it works. On the plate it looks like loads of effort. In reality, pretty straightforward.
This is what this particular book is all about for me - giving the reader a flavour of different parts of the world, making them all accessible, delicious, possible. If you think it's not for you, that you'd never cook foods from Greece, France, etc etc, think again. Have a go, have a taste, and enjoy this book!
I loved the Jamie Does TV series so much that I ordered the book after the second espisode. I'm a big fan of Mr Oliver and even met him once - what a lovely genuine chap he is!! This is the first of his books I bought since The Naked Chef and I'm very impressed with it. I managed to get it for just £8 from Amazon including postage and packing when W H Smith were selling it for £25 so an absolute bargain. The variety of recipes from differenct countries and cultures are great. The coutries visited were Italy, Spain, Sweden, Morocco, Greece and France. the Moroccan recipes are by far my favourite as I love spicy food and these recipes are so easy to follow. I tend to tweak recipes to reduce the amount of oil, fat and salt as I find most TV chefs use a lot more than I would want to eat. So far I have made a couple of the tagine and tangier recipes and the chicken kebabs with avocado dip which is to die for. There are several Spanish ones which look amazing and the Tiramisu will definitely be made. The only problem I had was with the Swedish split pea soup. I don't think this was the fault of the recipe though. I think if I'd cooked it for a week the peas still wouldn't have softened even thought they were soaked for the correct time. the Greek things don't really appeal but could be adjusted to taste I'm sure. The photography is stunning and gives you an insight into the cultures and regions of the different countries. A great accompaniment to the TV series! Can't wait for the next series and book!!
If you're a regular viewer of channel 4, you most probably would've seen the adverts for Jamie Oliver's newest series. Whether you have watched the series or not, his new book provides you with recipes from Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, Sweden and France.
I purchased this book on a half price offer in whsmith after watching the series on the television - i was initially impressed with the recipes that Jamie did in the show, so decided to purchase it, I am also aware that this book is available reduced on Amazon too - so it is definitely great value for money!
Unlike many other cookery books, this book provides you with 360 pages of good quality recipes and large pictures to show you what the meal looks like. Unlike in some other cookery books, the use of these pictures makes it easier for you to see exactly what you are going to make from the recipes; this is handy because some of the recipes have weird and wonderful names because they are from different countries.
Due to the number of recipes from different countries, this means that there are many different recipes that can be used in many different circumstances!
Even though I do appreciate the number of different recipies, some of the recipies erally don't "tickle my tastebuds", but on the other hand some of the recipies are stunning and produce the best meal that I have made at home.
I would recommend this recipes book from Jamie Oliver as it gives you many different choices of recipes so you will never be stuck with eating the same thing every night!
Where to start on this truly amazing cookbook? Jamie Oliver is an inspiration to quick easy and tasty meals from the different countries in this book which spans 400 pages.
I bought this while on special offer on Amazon at £8; its RRP is £26 so pick it up while it is cheap!
The book covers 6 different countries; Spain, Italy, Morocco, Sweden, France and Greece. This book follows the current series that is on Channel 4.
Jamie's rustic and boy-esk recipes really show what can be made in just a few ingredients, which then opens recipes from different cultures. The recipes are simple, easy and the ingredients can be found in most local superstores. Ok, maybe the Moroccan recipes you may need to buy the odd different pan or ingredients, but then it's all about diversity, something that breaks the norm and this cookbook definitely allows you to do it.
There is an index at the back where you can find everything written about in the book, I have found myself picking ideas and mixing them together found in that very index. What is the problem with mixing 3 different cultures into one plate? Or making a Starter, Main and Dessert all from other countries? Try it yourself!
The pages have beautiful scenic photography between recipes and stories of where and how the people live and eat. The Moroccan and Swedish recipes have really inspired me in the kitchen; it really is a treat to make recipes that normally you wouldn't give a second chance to whipping up a fast easy meal. I cooked the Spanish Tomato and Chorizo salad last week with a few tweaks of my own, it tasted fantastic!
So really, if you are a Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay fan or just a real foodie get this book, try some of the recipes and tantalise those taste buds, as the recipes in this book aren't local. You would need to go abroad and experience them, which yes I would prefer to do! But on a budget, grab a pan and get cooking!!