Genre: non-fiction, cookbook
Personal rating: 4/5
Yearly count: 4
This latest book from Jamie Oliver is all about making great tasting meals that don’t cost a lot. It’s also about not wasting food – good for the environment and your wallet. There’s several buying and storing tips throughout the book, as well as ways to deal with ingredients to make them last longer and get the most out of them. He also points out cheaper alternatives to more expensive ingredients, like steaks. In many of his recipes he indicates what else you can use in them, so you can make optimal use of in season vegetables and sales.
There are six main chapters of recipes: vegetables, chicken, beef, pork, lamb and fish. These chapters (except the vegetable chapter) all have the same general lay-out: a main recipe that’s enough to feed 6-8 people and still have leftovers of the meat or fish. Then there are several recipes that use these leftovers. The chapter is topped off with several general recipes. The recipes in the book are for 4, 6, or 8 people generally, but can easily be adapted to other amounts. There’s also a few pages with bonus recipes, for 1 or 2 people. All the way in the back is one page dealing with fruit, which is also the only page that mentions dessert. The final pages in the book give nutritional information about all of the recipes in the book.
I like this book a lot. Unlike several of his other books that contained involved recipes and sometimes harder to get ingredients, I think this one holds a lot of recipes that can be cooked during the week. I made two recipes already, a vegetable one and a chicken recipe, that tasted amazing and weren’t hard to make. The only thing that I missed, especially since this is a book about saving money and wasting less food, is information about freezing the leftovers of whatever recipe you’re making. For instance, I made the recipe sticky chicken and noodles. Could I have frozen my leftovers or would it have become inedible once thawed? How long would it have lasted in the freezer? That’s information I missed, especially since he did include that information for the main recipe where you’re supposed to have leftovers from. But all in all, this is a cookbook I’m definitely going to be cooking from a lot.