What's cooking? We review Jamie Oliver's new book

In his latest cookbook, Jamie Oliver shows you how to take simple meals and transform them into something special.
In his latest cookbook, Jamie Oliver shows you how to take simple meals and transform them into something special.

Jamie Oliver is back with another cookbook. We take a look at 7 Ways, which is being billed as "the most straight-forward cookbook he's ever written".

7 Ways

By Jamie Oliver

Michael Joseph

It’s Monday so it must be cottage pie! If that sounds a teeny bit like your house then Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook might offer some much-needed inspiration. The premise is simple. Take ingredients that we all cook with regularly – mince, chicken breast, eggs, white fish fillets etc – and give them a spin to make your meals sing. 

Clever Jamie offers solutions for various scenarios: I don’t have time, I hate washing up, I can’t find fancy ingredients, I’m bored, and so on. Eighteen everyday ingredients are transformed into “fakeaways”, one-pan wonders, traybakes, salads, simple pastas and more.

Turn bog-standard mince, for example, into a beef and Guinness hotpot or a bacon rarebit burger. Bored with steamed broccoli? Make an easy broccoli quiche, a creamy broccoli risotto or simple broccoli and tuna pasta. Got a whole chicken to hand? Instead of a boring roast add harissa or hoisin or peri peri and take your bird to the next level.

Refreshingly the recipes are unencumbered with the mini-essays that feature in so many cookbooks these days. It’s just simple honest fare that we’ve come to expect from Jamie.

Jamie: the numbers

8: the age at which he started cooking
$300 million: his net worth
200: how many countries broadcast his TV shows
33: how many cookbooks he's written

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