Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast

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Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast

I’m going to show you how to put a whole meal on the table in a matter of minutes! Not just one dish, a whole spread of beautiful things. If, like me, you love food and have hungry mouths to feed when you get home after a long day, then allow me to let you in on a totally revolutionary new way of cooking. In this book I’m going to show you how to make a complete meal in the time you’d normally spend on one dish. What you’ll be able to achieve in 30 minutes or less will absolutely blow yo

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  1. Fretwurst says:
    70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Meals in Minutes or “jamie’s 30-minute meals”, October 4, 2011
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    This review is from: Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast (Hardcover)

    A new cookbook from Jamie Oliver arrived today. A collection of 50 meals, spread over 288 pages with not just a few, but a ton of pictures and spreads. The images are beautiful photographic art work, and often they aim to illustrate either ideas for presentation or preparation of the featured meals. Essentially you buy a collection of round about 150 recipes, nicely combined into complete small family meals with ingredients and amounts listed to serve 4 to 6 people at a time. Each of the 50 meals featured in this book can easily be broken down in smaller units, if you only want to make a salad, the main dish, or the desert on its own; and of course you can manually adapt the amounts for smaller or larger household units.

    For those already familiar with books or the iPod/iPad app from Jamie Oliver there will be an occasional item throughout this book that is either similar or basically the same as in one of his previous publications, for example the mango desert with a distinctly British touch. Overall the book certainly offers many new ideas and recipes, and will allow the avid home cook to mix and match as needed. The 10 page index allows to quickly search for ideas based on specific items at hand, and many may find it helpful that the index has additional denotation for all vegetarian dishes.

    Meals in Minutes offers many healthy meal options, especially if you skip or go easy on the desert. Most of the ingredients can easily be obtained at your local farmers market or grocery store, of course with certain limitations based on season and the area of the country that you live in. To make this book fun and easy to use, it will be helpful to read the meal or recipe instructions in advance, to help you plan out the various steps and to have all equipment at the ready when you need it. If approached this way, this book will deliver many new ideas for home cooked meals to your lunch or dinner table, or to take to school and work. I have found that I can prepare most of Jamie Oliver’s meals in 30 to 45 minutes, but it certainly will take some practice for those still learning to cook to set up all needed tools, equipment and ingredients in advance to allow for an efficient flow during preparation.

    Overall I think this is a good book, and I am sure my wife and children will appreciate the many new ideas coming to our dinner table or their lunch box soon.

    Interesting to note is the change of the title of this book depending on the market you are in. On Jamie Oliver’s website for the British book market it is listed as “Jamie’s 30-minute meals”, while the U.S. version shipped through Amazon is titled “Meals in Minutes”. The later title is perhaps a little more accurate, as it will be a challenging for most to actually serve the featured meals in 30 minutes flat.

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  2. Gail Cooke says:
    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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    LOVE THE RECIPES, BUT THE TIMING???, October 9, 2011
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    Gail Cooke (TX, USA) –
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    This review is from: Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast (Hardcover)

    As Jamie Oliver writes in his challenging, taste tempting book, “There’s no denying that this is an energetic workhouse of a book. These 50 meals are going to keep you busy and make you multi-task, but you’ll soon get used to it…” Promise, Jamie?

    For most of us just take the “Minutes” out of the title and we can relax and enjoy some of the most delicious meals to be found. We especially like the steps for preparing an entire meal rather than trying to decide for ourselves what vegetable would go with what chicken dish, etc. But, believe, me there’s no way we can put these meals on the table in minutes. However, while time is certainly of the essence when it comes to eating taste is the most important element for us. Those caveats aside we’re more than happy with Jamie Oliver’s Meals In Minutes.

    His Tapas Feast rich with Tortilla, Glazed Chorizo, Manchego Cheese, Cured Meats & Honey, Stuffed Sweet Peppers and Rolled Anchovies is a delight. A meal anyone would be proud to serve the boss or very important guests. Which, is another plus for Oliver’s book – any one of the 50 meals is company perfect.

    We couldn’t possibly choose a favorite but the Super-Fast Beef Hash, Baked Potatoes, Goddess Salad and Lovely Butter Beans & Bacon found on page 210 was tops at our house.

    It’s also fun to select just one dish from a meal and pair it with a longtime family favorite.

    The photographs by David Loftus are incredibly beautiful and definitely tickle taste buds.

    Enjoy!

    – Gail Cooke

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  3. Michelle Lynch "filigreeshadow" says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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    Fabulous!, October 29, 2011
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    Michelle Lynch “filigreeshadow” (toronto, on) –
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    This review is from: Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast (Hardcover)

    I began watching Jamie’s Meals in Minutes and soon after bought the book. The book and the show are great. I cook a lot at home and wanted to expand my recipe selection without breaking the budget or investing a lot of time on the weekends. I have made several meals already and everyone has said the food is great. I agree that the timing isn’t exactly “30 minutes” but then these are new recipes for me, so after a few times I am sure they’ll take less time. I’m also not a professional chef… so, yes, it takes us lay-folk longer. The recipes provide a process to maximize timing. I like also that I can mix and match with the sides and desserts.

    I wish there were other chefs who had a show and book that were the same. It’s an excellent way to use both mediums. Jamie also has a ‘down-to-earth’ attitude and sense of humour. He dosen’t talk down to his viewers/readers. Better buy a lot of olive oil. He puts it on almost everything! LOL

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