I feel a bit sneaky reviewing a book that I actually don’t own, but what I saw on TV the other night has really gotten under my skin. The first episode of the US Jamie’s Food Revolution screened here this week, the UK series a year or so ago. Where did it all go so wrong?
I realise that TV often adds some extra visual shock, but it broke my heart to see in the first episode, a family laying out on their kitchen table all the food they consumed that week – I kid you not, every item of food was brown and all of it processed, industrialised and much of it deep fried.
I flicked through this book in a bookshop yesterday and saw some of the people featured in the UK series. I remember their guilt, shame and grief when they were confronted with how poorly their families had been eating and I remember their excitement and surge in self esteem when they gained the skills and confidence to prepare simple, nutritious and nurturing family meals and to teach others to do the same.
It is devastating that there are so many people absolutely paralysed at the prospect of cooking a meal for their family, and even sadder, that the trend can carry on to subsequent generations. I remember in the UK series, a young girl commenting on the meal her mother had made her under Jamie’s guidance – he asked her if she had...
Good not great. Love the idea behind it. Have used it quite a bit and most recipes have been good. This is definitely a beginner's cookbook so if you are experienced, you will be less than amazed. Again, though, I love the idea behind it- get people out of restaurants and the freezer section and into their own kitchens.
This is a great idea but aimed toward the type of people who eat a lot of fast food, processed/frozen food, takeout, etc., not toward people who already cook often. However, if you are looking for something easy, not necessarily the healthiest, this is a good place to look. There are some good recipes in there but again, they are things a more experienced cook wouldn't need a recipe for.
I loved this book and the ideas that Jamie is trying to get across. I agree that this is aimed towards beginners and I think that's the point. The recipes that I have tried were simple and pretty tasty. I would recommend this book to anyone.