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Jamie's Italy

By Jamie Oliver

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Format: Hardback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 03 October 2005
Ever since working at the River Cafe for Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, Jamie Oliver has had a serious passion for Italian food. Now, ten years later, Italy and its wonderful flavours continue to have a major influence on his food and cooking. In Jamie's Italy, Jamie travels this famously gastronomic country paying homage to the classic dishes of each region and searching for new ideas to bring home. The result is a sensational collection of Italian recipes, old and new, that will ensure Italy's influence reaches us all. On the menu is an array of magical ingredients and Mediterranean flavours all combined in Jamie's inimitable way. From Parma ham to Parmesan, from pannetone to panzanella, Jamie's new book will transport you to Italy or at least bring Italy home to you.

About the Author

Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parent's pub The Cricketers in Essex. He has worked with some of the world's top chefs and now runs his own restaurant, Fifteen, in East London. In 2004, he launched the Feed Me Better campaign to improve school dinners which has since started a revolution in schools across the UK. He lives in London with his wife, Jools, and their daughters, Poppy and Daisy.

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Oliver, television's Naked Chef, may have been born in Southend-on-Sea, but he turns out to have an Italian soul in this collection of recipes from all over the Boot. As an outsider, Oliver has great reverence for the traditions of Italy, and he offers some surprisingly deep insight about how a lack of choice and a massive working-class population have kept those traditions alive. This is no sugar-coated fairy tale, however: Oliver doesn't hesitate to get down-and-dirty, as in a description of Palermo street food served by hand from a "chain-smoking, dirty-looking bloke," and he cogently explains why he insisted on including a "graphic and gruesome" photo of a slaughtered sheep. Indeed, Oliver enthusiastically encourages British and American readers to familiarize themselves with foods less common in their home countries such as rabbit. Nonna Giusy's Fish with Couscous reflects the African influences of Sicily, and Altamura Pea Soup with fresh peas and broken spaghetti perfectly represents the Italian genius for making something out of almost-nothing. Desserts include a simple Pear Sorbet with grappa. Candid photos such as one of Oliver's mentor's father, a 96-year-old who cooks for himself every day reinforce the personal feel of this collection, and the impression that Oliver has a deep affinity for Italian food, no matter his British roots. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Oliver, a.k.a. The Naked Chef, got his start at London's River Caf?, known for its contemporary Italian cuisine, but he's only recently been able to travel extensively in Italy. His new book is his enthusiastic, personal introduction to the "real" Italy, and he presents more than 100 recipes, many of them inspired by people he met on his journey from gamekeepers and winemakers to caf? owners and home cooks. Most of the recipes are for casual, rustic dishes: The Best Shrimp and Parsley Frittata, Nonna Giusy's Fish with Couscous, Fried Crispy Polenta with Rosemary and Salt. Some of Oliver's "discoveries" about Italian cooking will not be new to anyone familiar with other good books available on Italian regional cuisine, from Carol Field's In Nonna's Kitchen to Mario Batali's Molto Italiano, but Oliver's exuberant style and mouthwatering recipes have won him many fans. For most collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Explore Jamie's Italy - travel on a culinary tour with Jamie Oliver * from publisher's description * Brilliant, fabulous. The best of Italian cooking ... a truly inspirational Italian cookery course, teaching you everything from perfect pasta to sensational sea food * Daily Mail * There is only one Jamie Oliver. Great to watch. Great to cook * Delia Smith *

EAN: 9780718147709
ISBN: 0718147707
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.4 x 3.4 centimetres (0.87 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Nicola Harris on
 
I simply love this book, the way it feels and the way it looks. Jamie Oliver's food is so simple, but since it's made with quality ingredients it is really something special.

Personally I choose not to eat meat, however I appreciate Jamie Oliver's attitude toward meat. Although some images are graphic, I do like the way he expresses how Italians are aware of the way their animals have been treated, something which is easily lost.

Not having been to Italy I wouldn't know how authentic the recipes are, but one day...
Chris Smith on
 
Jamies Italy is is a fantastic cook book. He follows him travelling around Italy. As with all of Jamies books it is exciting and written well, easy to read. I truly found it fascinating to read about Italian food and Jamies travels. I think many will enjoy this book. Recommended for all who like food and are interested in quicene.
cathy chen on
 
this is a totally fabulous cooking book for british housewives from this top notch sell out (not to mention accidental television) chef. just like in his other previous home cooking recipe books he aims low so that even the most brain dead home cook can attempt and of course perfect every recipe! excellent! a must have for mothers day!
Andrea Edwards on
 
jaime olivers cookbooks are simply fantastic, I've never had a recipe failure using his books. There is a recipe in here for every occasion. i get it out whenever i have guests over for dinner and i always get compliments on the meals and they're always eager to know what the recipe is and where they can find it! if you have his other books then this is a must have fabulous
Rachael Holmes on
 
i am a huge fan of jaime olivers tv shows and books and this one doesnt fail to live up to his standards. It has tonnes of great italian classics with some new and interesting recipes aswell. if you are a fan of his work then i reccomend buying this one to add to your collection.
Hieu Doan on
 
Wow there seems to be a lot of meat in this one and as detailed by Jamie he wanted to show how the animals were slaughtered traditionally. Could kind of put some people off the food itself but I guess it’s all part of the process. Good pizzas and streetfood section in this one with some interesting additions that are questionable, for example I still don’t get into ice cream with salt and olive oil. Still it’s a good cook book.
danni holmes on
 
jaime olivers cookbooks are simply amazing. there is a recipe in here for every occasion. i get it out whenever i have guests over for dinner and i always get compliments on the meals and they're always eager to know what the recipe is and where they can find it! if you have his other books then this is a must have
Sarah Green on
 
Already owning several Jamie Oliver cookbooks I was pleased to recieve this one for my birthday. The book is not just recipes but almost acts as a foodey travel guide round Italy. The recipes are easy to follow (although you might have fun trying to track down some of his ingredients) and the excellent photographs help too. A must recipe is Torta di Riso (FlorentineRice Tart).
melloney gourlas on
 
Though not always a fan of jamie oliver's cuisine I certainly found this to be a worthwhile addition to my cook book collection. Interesting takes on classic Italian favourites have pleased my fussy family. Recipes are very easy to follow and it is actually feasible to source ingredients. Even a simple pesto sauce delights leaving one with a full belly and a desire to travel, pronto!

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