Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Jamie Oliver's Great Britain

'Jamie Oliver's Great Britain: 130 of My Favorite British Recipes, from Comfort Food to New Classics'
Author: Jamie Oliver

Format: Hardback
Published: Hyperion; Oct. 2012
Pages: 416
Genre: Cookbook
Grade: A
Source: TLC Book Tours

Synopsis: Having grown up in his parents’ gastropub, Jamie Oliver has always had a special place in his heart for British cooking. And in recent years there’s been an exciting revolution in the British food world in general. English chefs, producers, and artisans are retracing old recipes, rediscovering quality ingredients, and focusing on simplicity and quality. Jamie celebrates the best of the old and new (including classic British immigrant food) in his first cookbook focused on England.
Here are over 130 great, easy-to-prepare recipes, ranging from salads—Heavenly Salmon and Epic Roast Chicken; to puddings—Rhubarb and Rice Pudding and Citrus Cheesecake Pots; to Sunday lunch—Guinness Lamb Shanks and Roast Quail Skewers; and, of course, the crumbliest scones. America has already fallen for the new British gastropub cooking, with popular restaurants by chefs such as April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and the John Dory. Now Jamie shows how to make the same delicious food at home. This is definitely not your grandmother’s mushy peas!

My Take: I LOVE to cook! Actually both my husband and I do! We have such a huge collection of cookbooks that they outgrew our tiny kitchen and we had to put a box of them downstairs in our storage area (so sad!). But that doesn't stop me from acquiring more. That would be crazy talk! One of my favorite chefs is Jamie Oliver. I love his easy cooking style and his whole theory on cooking with the most wholesome ingredients. We totally agree with all of that in my house! 

I previously had reviewed Jamie Oliver's Jamie's America (click title for my review), and still use that cookbook all the time, but this time Jamie has returned to his own homeland to produce the lovely cookbook Jamie Oliver's Great Britain. For me, one of the main things I look for in a good cookbook is photos! I want photos of every dish I am going to make and man does this cookbook deliver! The imagery is amazing and drool-worthy. I wanted to make everything contained within. 

So now I know perhaps the British have received a bad rap in the past for not having the best cuisine but Jamie pays the perfect homage to his homeland. I basically want to make every soup and pie (those are meat pies) contained within this book! However, in order to accurately review this book I had to choose just one recipe to make in a timely manner! So after looking through this book for quite some time to pick the perfect meal for our Sunday dinner we decided on the Granny Smith's Pork & Rice Salad

My version of the Granny Smith's Pork & Rice Salad!
It was actually an unseasonably warm day for November so as much as I wanted to make a big batch of soup I decided to make a salad instead and this one looked really hearty and dinner worthy. 

Normally I don't like fruit in my dinner but Rob really does so I went for it and it was a big hit around here. It was also surprisingly easy to make. With lots of fresh herbs and delicious items in it, it actually took less than an hour from start to finish and we gobbled it up!

Bottom line, I can't wait to make some more items from this delightful new cookbook!

Cover Lust: This cover is a perfect tribute to the Union Jack!

For other opinions on this book, check out the rest of the TLC Book Tour!

Giveaway Details
Thanks to the publisher, I have one to give away! The deadline for this giveaway is Nov. 23rd; entries open to those in the US and Canada (no PO boxes please).

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  1. thanks for this giveaway!

  2. Beautiful salad! I love Jamie too, and I too don't normally like fruit in my salads but that recipe might change my mind!

  3. As a Brit living in Canada, I would love to win this Jamie Oliver book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 GFC

  4. Jamie's the man! If anyone can make British food palatable, he can.

    I follow on GFC: Carl Scott

    I follow on Twitter: @carlrscott

    and I tweeted about the giveaway:

    Alas, I have no blog so no third entry *sniff*

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I love Jamie Oliver. As a British ex pat I would love to win this cookbook for my collection. I will send you my contact email. I also follow by email and google connect. Thank you.

  6. Wonderful cookbook. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. What a great giveaway. This is a treasure. Thanks for the giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. I don't think I've even seen this guy on TV but I would love to see his recipes!

    bkclubcare[at]gmail or @BkClubCare

  9. Absolutely wonderful --I adore Jamie! :)

    readerrabbit22 at

  10. I follow you on Twitter already - @guiltlessreader

  11. I hope you continue to enjoy making recipes from Jamie's latest book!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  12. I have always enjoyed "reading" cookbooks. They are not just for cooking! LOL

    ladybook21 at yahoo dot com

  13. Looks like a great book.

    Am following on Twitter. @greenurlifenow. Have RT the contest tweet today.

    Following on GFC as sunnydaysrule.

    Email addy found when clicking on Blogger icon.


  14. Love Jamie, and this sounds awesome! Thanks for hosting!

    writing.meg [at]

  15. I am loving all of the reviews on this tour! Thanks for the giveaway.

    moecatj [at] msn [dot] com

  16. I really must try one of his cookbooks one of these days. I have never even cracked the spine of one!

  17. I really want to try that salad! It looks so yummy.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  18. Love jamie oliver email follower twitter follower at rhonda reads


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