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29th August ...
29th August ...
Today I saw, for the first time, Jamie Oliver's new much discussed book "Save with Jamie". I can't afford to buy it but I did browse for a long while. The first recipe that caught my eye and which seems to have attracted the attention of lots of other people included in its ingredient list a side of salmon. (More about this in the future here!) On closer inspection, many of the recipes (which all look fine to me, by the way, and I have always thought Jamie's food appealing) include ingredients I would not expect people on a tight budget would have much truck with: fennel, lamb (so expensive these days) and prawns, for instance.
Having said that and seeing that there has been such an outcry amongst foodies and bloggers as to how unrealistic this book is for "genuinely poor people" I would just like to say that, whilst I can see their points I don't suppose the book's target market is people actually below the poverty line, which officially I believe we are, but rather at middling sort of chaps (I wrote that on purpose to sound middle class!) who are now feeling the pinch but can still afford a book to pick up some new ideas.
Jack Monroe (A Girl called Jack) says people are constrained by lack of knowledge and I very much agree with her. It has been said that my generation (fairly old!) were the last to "learn at their mother's knees "and I don't think cooking education at schools is of much use. Wasn't it Jamie Oliver, however, who started the Ministry of Food in
Rotherham together with the Pass It on Campaign whereby a few people were
taught some basic recipes with the hope that they would teach more people, they
would pass on the info and so on. This
was a good idea I think but if you don't know Jamie Oliver or anyone else who
can teach you to cook there are lots of books available to read for free in
pubic libraries, lots of stuff on the telly ("massive fucking" big or otherwise) and learning the basics is so very,
very worthwhile. Just imagine being able to make yourself something
quick, easy, cheap, healthy and utterly, utterly yummy.
At the end of April Global Poverty Project.challenged us to eat for under £1 a days but I didn't join in because as I really do know how to cook and how to use every scrap I often do this anyway by accident!
I am sure Jamie Oliver knows his stuff but so do I! My credentials ...
~ I have been a professional chef for over 30 years not only in the
also in several other places where I have learned a lot more than if I had
stayed at home. UK
~ I have lived in a small, crappy caravan (not on holiday - lived in) with a broken oven and the only working space was if I put a chopping board over the sink.
~ I have also lived on various boats at sea, moored up, on the hard, passage making and for a couple of years stuck in the mud! None of them were well equipped to say the least.
~ For many years I cooked professionally on a
Caribbean island where supplies were very erratic so I had to be not only very
inventive but in an way that would impress rich people on holiday! In short I know how to cook even in limited
The only sort of cooking I haven't done is on the telly!
Now In my own humble way I have been trying to spread the word on how to cook and how to make the most of your food ...
The Leftovers Handbook: A-Z of Every Ingredient In Your Kitchen with Inspirational Ideas For Using Them:
If you want a book that helps you prepare delicious nutritious meals using even the smallest amount of leftover food and a few things you could already have in your kitchen cupboard may I recommend (and not only because I wrote it!) "The Leftovers Handbook which is very reasonably priced on Amazon and has probably five times as many recipes ideas and suggestions as Jamie's book does. Have a Look Inside and see what you think of it.
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I have also published a little-ish Kindle eBooklet of Tips which might be of use to anyone learning to cook or wanting to learn more. It is only 77p on Amazon but feel free to download a Free pdf here.
I would really appreciate any spreading of the word you could help with apropos this booklet - please tweet your hearts out, etc.!
Due to my continuing ridiculous situation with BT I have only just got online to post this and I hear on the grapevine that Jamie himself has made similar points to the ones I make above in recent interviews. I thought I was right!!!