Author: Jamie Oliver
Page Count: 312
I feel guilty about this review because this book was sent to me by my friend Charlie Heathcote because he had two copies of it. I only review cookbooks once I’ve tried all of the recipes that I want to try, and it only took me a week or so to do that here because there weren’t too many that I particularly wanted to try.
To be fair, the reason for that is that a lot of the recipes here are pretty basic, and so I didn’t feel the need to test them out. For example, I already have a pretty good houmous recipe, so I figure there’s no need for me to try out a new one.
Then there’s the fact that this is a vegetarian cookbook and I’m vegan. Again, to be fair, Oliver includes some supplementary information at the end about the different plant-based alternatives that are out there, and it was also easy enough to modify most of the recipes. There were just one or two that were egg curries or other weird things that I couldn’t have adapted, but then they sounded kind of vile anyway.
What I will say is that I think this would make for a pretty good cookbook to get started with if you’re just starting out with cooking and stuff. My issue is more that I feel I’ve mastered the basics and wanted something a little more advanced. There are a few fairly innovative recipes I guess, but they weren’t ones that particularly excited me. Some of them flat out sounded as though they wouldn’t work.
So would I recommend it? I mean I guess, if you can get it kind of cheap. But I wouldn’t say that it’s worth going out of your way for.