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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals - Jamie Oliver
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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals - Jamie Oliver
Advantages: Can give you new ideas on meals and side salads.
Disadvantages: Not all practical for dining with children.
The RRP is £26.00 but can be purchased for around about £8.00 on Amazon. Have a look around to see where offers the best deal on it before buying it.
Jamie Oliver is better know as The naked chef and this book follows his TV series of 15 minutes meals. I liked to watch how easy he made it seem to prepare and cook healthy nice looking meals so fast.
This book is a hard back with a removable paper cover. It has a good lay out to it and amazing pictures. At the start of the book there are pictures of Jamie's family, Daisy, Petal, Poppy & Buddy they really add a personal touch to the book and it is nice that he chooses to share his private pictures.
The book is 288 pages long which includes an index in the back. The first 20 pages or so give you a run down from Jamie about the book and has information about which types of equipment are best to use, which ingredients should be in your larder how to serve food and a bit that I nodded to was that it is common that most peoples kitchens are not organised well and contain items like money boxes and magazines. Something else he mentions is that the average cost of the meals in the book are £3.80, you may be thinking so that's not bad but i'll add per person to that and suddenly it isn't so cheap.
The book is set out in sections which are as follows - Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Pasta Soups& sarnies, Veggie then breakfast. A nutrition section and thanks section follow all the recipes near the end.
I have yet to make a meal that looks quite like the pictures do in the book nor make it in 15 minutes. Having children to feed at meal times I find a lot of the meals seem to fancy for them, mussels wouldn't go down well but the happy cow burgers, falafel wraps and pasta dishes are fine with them. I've yet to try the sticky kicking chicken dish. There is a nice Spring Frittata served with tomato toasts watercress and pea salad. Also I tend to mix and match the salads and one salad I now use from the book is meant to be served with winter squash Penne which I haven't yet made but the salad is lovely, mint & avocado chopped salad which is basically your average salad with mint avocado and oil thrown in too and even the kids like this one.
Some other recipes from the book are Grilled steak with ratatouille & saffron rice, grilled scallops with sun-blush mash and greens, a mexican BLT and a small selection of smoothies.
I've not made anything from the breakfast section yet as basically I don't have time in the mornings to faff about. But there is a nice looking toastie in that section called sweet naughty beginnings which contains ricotta cheese, honey, banana and chocolate that would sure give you a sugar hit for the morning.
I do like this book and would recommend it but feel it is more for people with more time on their hands then me. It is probably a case of the fact I don't know the recipes and have to keep reading the book whilst cooking from it, I'm sure after making the same thing a few times over I'd get the hang of it. I have the mint salad down to a Tee now and can put one together in a matter of minutes.
For me there is one very important section missing from this book! Maybe Jamie will do a separate book for that missing section called desserts.. There are no desserts in the whole book not even one.
Some of the meals in this book I will never make but I still have quite a few I plan to get to. The photography makes some look so tempting it would be cruel to not at least try to get mine looking somewhat similar.
Summary: Great book well written and worded with some great photography.
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