Jamie at Home is Jamie Oliver at his best. The premise of the book is simple: how to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home accompanied by a collection of great recipes. This is not just a book for those who want a vegie garden, but a book about seasonality and celebrating great produce.
The chapters are divided into the seasons and the recipes are split into the key ingredients for that time of year. In summer there are carrots, tomatoes and beans while in autumn Jamie looks at mushrooms, chillies and orchard fruit. The recipes aren’t solely limited to produce that can be grown in the garden. Seasonal lifestyle ideas are also in there: barbecues in summer, pastry in winter and pickles in autumn.
Imaginative recipes such as eggy breakfast crumpets (think French toast with a crumpet) and a strawberry salad with speck and haloumi sit alongside traditional recipes that have been given a modern twist by Jamie. The chicken Caesar salad is made by roasting the chicken legs over ciabatta bread to make the most divine, meaty croutons, Jamie’s carbonara is enhanced with sautéed courgettes and his rhubarb crumble is given a kick with a little ginger.
The gardening tips are by no means exclusively for those with a big garden, Jamie’s gardening ideas range from pot-plants on your windowsill to harvesting crops of climbing beans and orchard fruit. Basic information on when to plant, how to nurture the seedling and how to harvest are all included with each ingredient. Keep in mind that being an English publication you will need to reverse the months for down under.
Jamie at Home is written in Jamie’s lucid and evocative manner. The book is a joy to read and a delight to cook from. The Jamie at Home series compliments this fabulous cookbook.
Title: Jamie at Home
Author: Jamie Oliver
407 pages, Hardcover