COOKBOOKS, FOOD + DRINK | March 19, 2008

Jamie at Home will reach my home soon

jamie at home : chicken legs : grilled monkfish : pasta alla normaThis morning, I received my shipping confirmation for the latest book by Jamie Oliver. I cannot wait. I am a huge fan of the guy. When Jamie at Home will hit my cooking library shelf, my count will be 6 out 8 of his books.

Some recipes are in several books but it is fun because you can see how that recipe evolved and refined your own version. My husband and I (we do team work) made the best risotto. We use recipes from two books; handy since the pages of recipe are always visible. We take the better of each one.

My favorite Jamie Oliver’s recipes

I am giving you the recipes that I am cooking over and over, book by book.

The Naked Chef

The Mushroom Risotto with Garlic, Thyme and Parsley is my ultimate risotto. We often make this on a Friday or Saturday night so we can eat risotto cakes for breakfast the next morning. So do not be afraid to make plenty because a risotto cake is divine. The recipe is simply the same as making a patty of hash browns except that the potatoes are replaced by the risotto. I fried mine in olive oil. Check out his basic risotto recipe.

The Naked Chef Takes Off (a.k.a Return of the Naked Chef)

Seared scallops and crispy prosciutto with roasted tomatoes and smashed white beans. This is heaven on Earth! I served this appetizer to all kind of people and it was always a hit. Sometimes, I cook this recipe as a main course for my husband and me.

Get a feel of his book with the seared carpaccio of beef with roasted baby beets, creamed horseradish, watercress and parmesan published on Jamie Oliver’s Web site.

Jamie’s Dinners

For the most delectable side dish, nothing beats the Carrots boiled with orange, garlic and herbs. I often served those carrots with a braised beef an easy entertaining dinner party.

My favorite recipe from Jamie’s Dinners has to be tender and crisp chicken legs with sweet tomatoes. I made this recipe so often that I stop counting. I add new potatoes when they are in season. I like the lightness of this dish. For that reason, I simply served slices of rustic bread with it. Add a nice bottle of white wine and you have the perfect meal.

Jamie’s Italy

Strangely that is the book I cook the least. I said strangely because I love the authenticity of Italian cooking. The freshness of the insalata amalfitana seduces me. When the tomatoes are in season, nothing beats the classic insalata caprese.

I could eat soups every day. You will find wonderful earthy soups in Jamie’s Italy. You can get online the recipes for two delicious pasta dishes: Linguine all carbonara di salsiccia, a.k.a. sausage carbonara plus the pasta alla norma. Looking at the book recipes, I just add Spaghetti with shrimp and arugula to my to-do list.

Cook with Jamie

My husband and I made the lovely easy caramelle with ricotta, basic and black olives last December. It was a trial run for an upcoming dinner party. We glad we tried to prepare the recipe before because we failed miserably. Let me tell you that it is not so easy if you just starting to make your own pasta. The recipe was great but we decide to improve our pasta making skills before making our own caramelle again. We will achieve it one day.

I love eating fish. The grilled or roasted monkfish with black olive sauce and lemon mash is my type of fish recipe. It is so delicious when the weather is warm.

I will keep posted on my cooking experience once I read my copy of the Jamie at Home. In the meanwhile, I want to know:
What is your favorite recipe by Jamie Oliver?

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+ For Americans: Jamie at Home – price: $24.75 USD
+ For Canadians: Jamie at Home – price: $26.43 CAD

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5 Responses to “Jamie at Home will reach my home soon”

  1. Jamie Oliver and Tayler Florence, 2 of my favorite chefs!!! :) They’re recipes are so simple yet DELISH!!!!

    I usually don’t purchase cook books but thier’s I believe is an investment.

  2. 2 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    Jenn: I am ashamed to admit that I just started to follow Tyler Florence on TV a couple weeks ago. I am tempted by his books too. Maybe next time.

  3. I like him, too. He catches a lot of grief from Gordon Ramsay and the like. But his recipes are good. And he seems like a nice guy.

  4. I have just found out about your blog. This is fantastic. I love it. :)

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