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Good but pales when compared to almost any of Jamies others
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2016
I have been reading and using Jamie's books since the very first one he wrote and of them all, this is NOT among my favorites. I believe I have all of them, and I use and read them with enjoyment. FYI. If I were to perhaps follow his guidelines, I can imagine that, like he states in the introduction, I might achieve the swiftness that was his intent when assembling the material for this compilation. But I simply don't care for the wordy step by step format that this particular guide requires.
It's not even as intriguing as his other books to peruse while I am meal planning for the upcoming day or week. Simply put, while there is LOADSA information herein, I would encourage buyers to keep in mind that his freestyle kitchen-wizardry that IS and has always been his charm, gets a trifle bogged down in this lesson plan he painstakingly prepared.
I will still resort to it from time to time, but when I want to sit back and read any of my numerous cookbooks (which is probably odd sounding to many) particularly the J.O. collection, this isn't my go-to.
The"Italy", "Escapes" and "America" titles don't often get placed back on the shelves too often, much to my wife's irritation. They typically are usually within reach on the coffee table at any given time. As are "Cooking with..." and his first book (Naked Chef) gets first crack when I want that special recipe.