cook! (book)

As I wrote last night I’ve been pouring over cookbooks (and to a limited degree websites) looking for the ingredients for my plan.

As I wrote last week I /try/ to focus on one thing at a time and I often have multiple items in the queue ready to pick up or put down as necessary. (I can’t remember when I last had only ONE book going)

As I’ve never written, I have a mild crush on Jamie Oliver. I’m not sure what it is about his shows but he excites me about food and cooking and in a real way. I love his concern over school dinners and food in general and hope that things leak over to here. My home ec courses in junior high left MUCH to be desired. They were quite impractical (even if one lesson involved popcorn) and the instructor was a bit… well, she didn’t help the image at all.

I had never read any of his books until this past weekend.

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook
by Jamie Oliver
448 pages

Yes it’s big, but it is packed with gorgeous pictures and amazing advice all fresh and real, like Jamie. Sure there were a few parts of chapters I all-out skipped (go kashrut) and one I skipped because of celiac. I ate quite a bit while pouring over this book (a good sign in my opinion) and I have come away with some ideas of how to implement the plan and some new ideas for serving gnocchi. I’m not going to return this library book quite yet as I make plans for post-pesach as well. I know a book being seriously considered as a gift for a certain individual in my life who loves cookbooks. His Naked Chef is hopefully on the hold shelf waiting for me tomorrow. I’m just wondering why it took me so long to look into the books of a chef I’d admired for so long.