By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good
By Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph, $49.95, hardback, 288 pages)
Jamie Oliver’s message is simple: learn to use fresh food and think twice about buying takeaways.
How easy is it to reach for a ready meal or a takeaway menu, but Jamie hopes that people are inspired to cook fresh food after reading this book. The best thing, for him, is if people learn to love cooking from scratch - on a daily basis.
Making excuses like - “I’m too busy, it’s too expensive or I don’t know how” - are easy and don’t cut it for this ingenious celebrity chef.
“But I know that with the right kit, some organization and solid recipes, these excuses don’t stand up,” Jamie says. “Regardless of whether you’re a brilliant cook or a complete beginner, this book does what it says on the tin. I honestly believe that if you embrace my 30-minute meals, they will change the way you cook, for ever.”
Using clever shortcuts and tricks, Jamie shows you how to put a whole meal on the table in 30 minutes flat! Not just one dish, but a whole spread of appetising delicacies.
Each of the 50 meals in the book has been carefully written to provide good, fast cooking. He’s created complete menus, simple recipes and some surprising combinations that go “beautifully together”.
The list of meals include seriously good fish tagine, steak sarnie, cheat’s pizza, steak Indian-style, tapas feast and silky chocolate ganache
The delectable recipes are made even more appealing with crisp, colour photography by David Loftus.
No compromises are made on quality, but it’s about being organised, using every minute wisely in the kitchen. If you love food and are always looking for innovative ways to feed family and friends, Jamie promises that it can be done in this “totally revolutionary new way of cooking”.
This kind of cooking is also about having fun, and reclaiming your kitchen for the job it was meant to do.
Jamie Oliver has poured his heart and soul into this book – and his enthusiasm is catchy!
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