When I received this book for Christmas I stopped opening presents, found a quiet spot next to the tree, and started exploring. I could not stop turning through the colorful pages. The book is set up in seasons, and there are useful pages on how Jamie grows some of the produce in the book. When I need a calming moment, I return to this book. It's centered, beautiful, and genuine.
The food in it is similar, however Jamie's style of cooking may not suit everyone. As a flexitarian, I can find recipes for myself and my husband, but if you eat only vegetarian, I don't think this book would be very useful. Another caveat would be the amounts of fats used in the recipes. I don't know how Jamie stays so small eating all these delicious, buttery recipes! That being said, Jamie's style of cooking is unpretentious and organic. When I see the photographs in the book I want to eat his food. His flavor combinations show a creative maturity that permeates through each recipe. I often use this cookbook for inspiration. I have omitted butter and meat from some of the recipes just to see what would happen. Jamie's voice throughout the plain-written recipes speaks to that part of me. He is straight forward and encouraging.
I love this cookbook. It is one that I will keep on my kitchen counter and return to for comfort and inspiration.
This book, when I can put it down, inspires me to grow and create and eat with the seasons, with variety and with thoughtfulness! I usually find myself flipping trough looking at the pictures and noting which recipe I should try soon and then reading some of the recipes. It truly is not an easy cookbook to put down so I move on to the information pages and then the how I grow pages. After planning my garden, yet again . . . I return to reality! And to trying that new recipe with great ingredient combinations but at the same time so doable!
Still hoping to grow potatoes and rhubarb in my small backyard garden ; )
In my opinion, this is Oliver's best book yet. Fresh, simple recipes using basic techniques. Yes, some of his fare takes a while to put together — multiple steps and more than two pans — but you'll forgive him when you taste it.
As a vegetarian, I'm constantly looking for tasty ways to cook vegetables, which aren't often the star of many recipes in regular cookbooks. But Jamie doesn't neglect them. For example, his Incredible Baked Cauliflower and Broccoli Cannelloni is amazing! You can find the recipe online here. Fall in love with the Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad (currently posted here) now that the season for farm-fresh carrots is in full swing.
I find Jamie's ease with ingredients and his adaptable recipes inspiring reading and eating!
This book has great recipes that I do not try to tweak too much. But am able to substitute the meat items with legumes, nuts, etc. I am a sucker for all things organized whether by seasons or color or continent.
This beautiful book is an essential addition to any cookbook collection. Jamie's passion for his garden, and for fresh food, are evident in his words of wisdom, and in the gorgeous photography. Broken down into seasons, this book gives readers the information they need to eat wonderful meals from their garden all year-long. As a vegetarian, I was a smidge disappointed that many of the dishes were based around meat, but I've found them to be adaptable and delicious! Jamie's love-affair with food is contangious. This book is wonderful.
I really like Jamie's cooking style & attitude. I always get inspired by his ingredients & how he puts them together. I like his recipe for lamb kofta tacos,the asparagus tart & a simply yummy chorizio omelette. I have branched out of my timidness about chilis-they can be sooo hot.But now I try different varities.His use of fresh herbs in dressings is so much healthier & adds tons of flavor.
I really want to like this book - I like its emphasis on seasonality, freshness and quality. And there are some great ideas and some excellent recipes - but overall, I think this is one probably best left to the meateaters. Many of the veggie recipes seem to rely on lots of cheese, and have a stodginess about them which doesn't appeal to me. I think the veggie recipes lack the clean fresh flavours and vibrancy of his Italy book for example - though the meat recipes appear to offer much gutsier flavours - I guess they might be adaptable, but somehow I don't feel inspired to try. A pity, as in general I like Jamie's straightforward style.
This is one of my favorite cookbooks to read and look at. I do agree with others that it is super meat heavy and the veggie options are heavy on the cheese. I can't find a lot of the ingredients here in the southern caribbean. When I go home to Canada, I always find my mothers copy of this book and make use of my family garden. They always love everything!