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Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals    by Jamie Oliver order for
Jamie's Food Revolution
by Jamie Oliver
Order:  USA  Can
Hyperion, 2009 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Jamie Oliver. The Naked Chef. His cookbooks are always intriguing and colorful, and offer recipes that are not too complicated, with everyday ingredients. With Jamie's Food Revolution (a cookbook that I somehow missed when it first came out), he makes clear he is distressed about the foods we are all eating. Not only in his own country of Great Britain but also in the good ole' US of A. Jamie (I like his recipes so much that I feel I can be on a first name basis with him) presents a cookbook of really good-for-you meals, quickly made, that taste good using fresh foods. No processed.

He claims we eat too much fat, too much salt and too much food. The fast-food industry is slowly doing us in. But, wait! We are also to blame. We eat their carb- and fat- and salt-loaded foods and waddle out of the stores and restaurants only to return again and again. Our waistlines are growing and I wonder how many people can see their shoes when they glance down. What are we doing to our kids in their school lunches? Are you aware that flavored milk has more sugar than a soft drink? French fries and pizzas? How do they stand up against fresh cooked chicken with a vegetable and fruit?

I could go on and on but I think we are all aware of the problem. This cookbook gives such great recipes that I am bound to sample them all. I want to try the Spring Vegetable and Bean Soup. The Ground Beef Wellington is a masterpiece. His Lasagne (recipe with accompanying color photos) makes my mouth water. The Perfect Roast Chicken with a lemon stuffed into it is a must-try. Grilled Tuna and Asparagus looks divine.

My buddy Jamie has some wonderful recipes for Oatmeal. Good for you and must taste very good. Boiled Eggs, Fried Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, Poached Eggs and Omelets. I have finally been able to produce an omelet that I'm not ashamed to serve. Granola. There's a love of mine and his recipe meets my standards and more. And who can resist Stewed Fruit? Not me. I would almost kill for the Fruit Scones. Must make them. Get the idea? You can eat well in a small amount of time and get healthy. So get on the program. Now.

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