I am sort of in love with Jamie Oliver, so I find it easy to do what he tells me. If he lived in my house, I’d be a size four, for sure. And I’m obviously not the only one who likes him. He is a world-renowned chef who has hosted numerous cooking shows, including The Naked Chef. (I was very disappointed when I learned that it was the food that was stripped down to its bare essentials.) He has also written seven cookbooks, including this one.
Jamie at Home is actually a companion book to a television series of the same name that aired in 2007 and 2008. In this show, and in this cookbook, Jamie celebrates the garden, the earth, real food, and the fact that all of us, with a little creative effort, can grow some of our own food. And it doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Here’s what Jamie has to say about his book:
It’s about no-nonsense, simple cooking with great flavors all year round. I love to spend time at home in the village where I grew up, working with the boss, Mother Nature, in my garden and seeing all my beautiful veggies coming out of the ground. Inside you’ll find over one hundred new recipes, plus some basic planting information and tips if you fancy having a go at getting your hands dirty as well!
How Does Jamie at Home Work?
In this cookbook, Jamie’s recipes are organized by season. Each chapter includes gardening information and gorgeous full page, full color photographs that motivate me right into my gardening gloves. Think you can’t do it? Jamie says that it is “easy to grow your own produce even if you live at the top of a block of flats.”
Eating food right out of the garden gives you the biggest bang for your calorie-buck. It is the most nutritious way to eat. Your calories will be packed with vitamins and nutrients. In addition, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting all require physical, calorie-burning effort. It might not be aerobic, but it can sure be a workout.
What Others Are Saying- – Does Jamie at Home Deliver?
This is more than a cookbook. Reading this book will motivate you to think about what you eat, how you live. Jamie writes as though he really cares whether or not you are healthy, and it can be really helpful to have an ally like him when you are in a weight loss battle.
An Amazon reviewer from California wrote:
I do highly suggest this book to anyone who cares about good cooking in a fun way and wants to learn a trick or two about organic gardening. It really has helped me reconnect with food in a way that eludes most Americans today.
How Much Weight Will I Lose?
Eating unprocessed foods will help to detoxify your body and speed up your metabolism. If you follow Jamie’s recipes and eat healthy portions, Jamie’s ideas could help you lose 1-2 pounds per week.
I was unable to find any negative side effects from growing your own food, or from using Jamie’s recipes.
Pros and Cons
- Jamie offers a variety of recipes from salads to pastas to tantalizing desserts.
- The recipes are simple and easy to implement.
- The book is well-organized.
- The book is well-designed, aesthetically and tactilely pleasing.
- Some of the gardening tips are geared toward the UK, and are not always applicable to other areas.
- The book includes some possibly disturbing photos of dead game.
Problems and Complaints
I found no reports of anyone having a problem while following Jamie’s recommendations.
I think most of us know that we feel better when we slow down. Yes, it is difficult to make the time. And gardening and cooking do take time. But maybe we need to commit to that time in order to make ourselves and our families healthier. This book is not about a quick fix. It’s about coming back to our food roots (excuse the pun) and getting back in touch with ourselves.
Learn more about Jamie and his philosophies, get some free, healthy recipes, and read more reviews here.