I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I am a Jamie Oliver fan. It wasn’t always this way, in fact I used to be quite dismissive of Jamie as many people seem to be but I bought a couple of his books, tried some recipes and fell in love. I’ve never made a recipe from a Jamie Oliver book that I didn’t love and some of most-thumbed cookbooks are his. It stands to reason therefore that I was quite excited to get my little mitts on his most recent book Jamie’s Comfort Food.
Jamie’s Comfort Food accompanies the current TV series of the same name. The idea behind the book is that is about food that you really want to eat — ultimate comfort food. Jamie has taken inspiration from childhood memories and guilty pleasures to bring together 100 ultimate versions of all-time favourites.
The book is presented in typical Jamie-style. Beautiful lifestyle photography accompanied by eye-catching colour and great use of fonts. For me. cookbooks aren’t all about the recipes. I know that sounds weird but I appreciate a pretty book too.
It is split into sections as follows
Good Mood Food
Pick Me Ups
Let me start by saying this isn’t really a day-to-day cookbook, although there are some great meal ideas included. It’s more aimed at celebrations, occasions, holidays and my personal favourite type of food – weekend food. That’s what I call anything that takes a bit more effort and might be considered a bit naughty.
As always, I’ve broke out my trusty sticky notes to make the pages of everything I want to cook. This is somewhat of a ritual for me with a new cookbook. I don’t always get around to cooking everything I mark but certainly with a Jamie Oliver book I have a ruddy good go.
Things that have jumped out to me as immediate must-tries include;
Chicken Tikka Masala, Beans on Toast, Retro Layered Salad, Big British Meatballs, Insanity Burger, Katsu Curry, Nasi Goreng, Black Cod, Divine Dosa, Greek Egg and Chips, Bloody Mary Beef, Winter Nights Chilli, Crispy Duck Lasagne, Mighty Greek Moussaka, Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Unbelievable Provencal Bake, Milk Tart, Jamaican Ginger Cake, Hummingbird Cake, Beautiful Black Forest Gateau.
Of course, there are many other things I would like to try too but I think there is enough there to get me started. I’m going to go with the Chicken and Mushroom Pie followed by the Hummingbird Cake first I think.
There’s something to please everyone in this book, no matter how fussy and eater. I think there’s a good chance this will become my favourite Jamie Oliver book!