Since it’s thursday, I thought I’d give a brief Biography of Jamie Oliver. I first saw Jamie Oliver on his TV show, “The Naked Chef”, which ran from about 1999 to 2001 if you include the special episodes. I must admit that the title spiked my purulent interests, but his down to earth style and enthusiasm for great yet simple foods kept me watching. I also liked the fact that his recipes didn’t require any special tools or equipment, which is in stark contrast to Alton Brown’s Good Eats. Alton frowns upon specialized gadgets, and always provides a workaround for people who don’t have them, but sometimes Good Eats almost turns into an episode of MacGyver. In any case, Jamie Oliver has about 14 different cooking shows, some of which are still on, including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Not to mention his special TV appearances such as in Iron Chef America and Top Gear.
He also has written about 14 cooking books, many of which are based on recipes that he put together for his many TV shows, which only makes sense. If you put all the work into a cooking show, you might as well capitalize on it’s success by pairing it up with a cookbook of the recipes from that show – Brilliant!
It also looks like all of his cookbooks on Amazon have a 4.5 star out of 5 stars – or better, so his books are getting excellent reviews too. In the past I was a big fan of Alton Brown (and still am!) and Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet, until his fall from grace, but now I think I need to really explore Jamie Oliver’s various cookbooks because I’ve been really impressed with the Food Revolution TV show so far, and like so many other people, I really need to start eating better.
We typically eat fresh food, but we also eat too many breads and fats. So I think we’re a far cry from the family who had a freezer full of cardboard pizzas, but as always, there’s more to do.