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Jamie's America


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I was at Kinokuniya just today and there's currently a 20% sale on ALL cookbooks until the end of month (make the most of it Sydneysiders). The first thing that captured my attention upon entering was Jamie Oliver's new (?) cookbook on...American cuisine! That really took me by surprise (a pleasant one) since he always seems to focus on English and Italian cuisine. Or is at least heavily inspired by those cuisines (particularly the latter). I've been on the look out for a good cookbook on American cuisine for awhile now so the obvious question here is: has anyone bought/looked through this book and would you recommend it?

I suppose the most common sense thing to do is buy a book from a 'real' American, although while I'm all for authenticity (and am certainly seeking it), I find many of those books tend to use ingredients that are incredibly difficult to purchase here in Oz. What I love about many of Jamie's recipes is that he shows respect for a cuisine's traditions but still manages to make it adaptable for the everyday (or clueless) cook.

I've had a good flick through and the recipes looks scrumptious...I just need a second opinion!

P.S. It'd be interesting to see Jamie's take on Chinese/other Asian cooking one day. Asian cuisine is one area he seems to be lack focus on.

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It's a tie-in to his new show, "Jamie's American Roadtrip," to be shown in the fall on Channel 4. There was an article about his stop in Huntington, West Virginia in the New York Times Magazine's October 6, 2009 Food Issue.

Edited to say that I just watched the YouTube review - boy, that is a positive one! I'm convinced, and as an American, I'm interested to see his take on our food, especially the recipes from Georgia and Los Angeles, where I have lived.

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neat, I'm looking forward to this one! I love his books, have a couple of his more recent ones. And it's true, what ever I made from them turned out very nice. Also looking forward to the show, I hope I can find it on my local cable!

Never would have thought to look on youtube for book reviews, interesting!

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I think I'm sold! But I'm contemplating whether to buy it now or wait around seeing as it's currently at that 'new book' price and all.

Here are quite a few sample recipes from the book for anyone interested

http://www.jamieoliver.com/jamies-america/

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Np judiu :)

I've been watching the show over here and I've been in awe. It's brilliant not only on a food lover's viewpoint but is also quite raw and powerful in its approach to shedding light on immigrants' struggling lifestyle.

While in NY, Jamie got to taste dan dan mian (dan dan noodles) and that'll be in his book too. Will be interesting to see.

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