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Was so excited when this arrived ... even before it hit the shelves (thanks Amazon!). Brilliant book, lots of fun, easy to prepare & creative recipes. Tips on what to prepare ahead & beautiful photography by David Loftus. An absolute winner!
As ever I downloaded this to kindle straight away and the formatting is perfect,with pictures displayed etc. I really appreciated the notes on what could be prepped ahead etc, though I might need a bigger fridge! The format is based around several menus for dining with family and friends, but I can already see recipes I would like to cook just for everyday (just not the full menu). There are also options for vegan/vegetarian alternatives which is a nice touch. (I really like the look of the vegetarian option for the roast dinner). The roast dinner menu took me straight back to childhood, as my Gran used to roast several joints at the same time for a special occasion, I am so going to do this to surprise my siblings! I definitely want to try the Curry night and Tex Mex first, and particularly the ice creams sound amazing. Mango in pistachio dust and a chocolate semi fredo with rice pudding as an ingredient! The summer pudding with cucumber Pimms and ginger beer sounds interesting, just wish it was back in June to try it at its best. I will come back and edit when I have tried out some of the recipes.
I wanted to purchase the book while watching the TV show, then I started reading the reviews and tbh it stopped me purchasing initially due to people saying it was a lazy book for the author as you have to scroll through the recipes to find ingredients! Do not take any notice of these reviews, all recipes have a list of ingredients as normal and the smaller recipes (whilst not having a separate list, have all ingredients required underlined). Am not normally a big Jamie Oliver recipe fan but this big is great for get togethers (as the name implies) and I for one would love an invite to Jamie's House to sample the delights in this book!!
Fantastic book! So much better than 7 ways - the problem with that one is I never had a spare cauliflower and wondered what to do with it. I would plan out meals before I buy food! This one is like 30 minutes in format but with updated ideas. Wimbledon summer pudding with ginger beer looks inspired! Like the way you have a menu for a curry night, taco supper, summer lunch etc. Like that it is seasonal.
Was dubious about ordering after reading some of the reviews I have all of his books & have only been disappointed with one of them - but - I shouldn’t of worried - it’s great !! Usual lovely photos and great recipes / descriptions / chat & plenty in there I want to try - now where to start !
I really love this book. The recipes and photos are great. Having watched the TV series, I really wanted to try out some new recipes. I'm surprised some people say it's the worst book ever. How can it be with great recipes and so many of them with lots of little hints and tips. I'm already looking forward to making the slow roast stuffed lamb shoulder as well as trying out some of the cocktail recipes. Cheers!
The layout of this book is great. Superb photos. Full of useful ideas for 3 course meals where each course compliments the other and so easy to look up individual recipes too. If only cooking for two and the recipe is for six its easy as most things can be frozen or kept for the following evening or I would use 3 course recipes for when I have more than two to cook for or easy to just reduce. Must say recipes look mouth watering. A very good buy.
I’m amazed by some of the very negative reviews here. It’s like some people bought the wrong book! The layout and photographs are fantastic. The recipes are inspiring, gorgeous and well written. My book is full of paper bookmarks for meals I want to make. Well done Jamie and the team for another great book.