Author: Jamie Oliver
Published: Hyperion; Oct. 2012
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!|
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!
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