Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain: Book Review and Giveaway

by zesty on October 22, 2012 · 31 comments

Happy Monday!

Last week I was sent a copy of Jamie Oliver’s latest book – Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain.

I’m sure many of you who watch the Food Network are familiar with Jamie Oliver. Not only has he hosted his own cooking shows, The Naked Chef and Jamie At Home, he also has made it a mission to help ensure that children get a healthy lunch while at school. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution really opened eyes and showed how desperately school lunches need to be altered.

Before we start, let me just open up that I was likely a little bias out of the gates.  I have a lot of respect for Jamie and the work he has pushed through both in print and on TV.  I think he is a great role model and is the real deal.

This is a book for a cook or an inspiring cook. Loaded with pictures for every single recipe , and shots of people and landscapes. Stories, blurbs, and quotes fill the pages. It’s a cookbook you actually read, as opposed to a reference.  The book contains 130 of Jamie’s favorite British recipes including comfort food and new classics.  This book has amazing color photos of the finished recipe presentations. In many instances a brief history of the dish’s origin is included. The recipes are authentic traditional British fare and are splendidly prepared with exacting instructions. A must have for any serious chef’s library.

I have not yet had a chance to make anything from this book but I can indeed tell you this.  This is not just a regular cookbook with ingredients recipes and a couple of pictures.  This is chalked full of stories histories and insights with every page.  If you are in to this kind of stuff – you will LOVE this book.

Where to find more information

 Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain on Amazon.com:
Jamie’s website:  http://www.jamieoliver.com

Do you want to win a copy?

Of course you do.  It is very simple and you can play along for 5 days in hopes that you are going to win one of these beauties.  Follow below for the the different ways you can enter.

Now onto the details

I wanted to create a little more excitement on how to enter into this contest instead of just the traditional – sign up thru RSS.  I have come up with a number of ways you can enter into this contest in hope of winning a copy of “Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain”.  The different ways are listed below.

How To Enter:

  • Become a new email subscriber and automatically get an entry on draw date. Note that only verified subscribers count (you will receive a verification email). (+1 entry)
  • Leave a comment listing your “FAVORITE” Cookbook. (+1 entry)
  • Post on your “FACEBOOK” page.
  • Tweet about the giveaway and include @zestycook and the link to the giveaway in the tweet. (+1 entry)
  • Earn an extra chance to win by linking back to this post on your own blog (if you have one). (+1 entry) (please email me if you link back)

The Rules:

  • Please only 1 comment entry / person (please enter a valid email address). Your email will be kept private and never given/sold to third parties.
  • The winners ( open to US and Canadian Residents only) will receive 1 Copy of Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain.

So let me know what you think and tell me your favorite cookbook  in the comments below! A random generator will be used to pick the winner. Contest will end at 5pm EST October 26th, 2012.

Now I hope you have a great start to the week and get really excited about the giveaway.  Tell all your friends and have fun doing it.   I will be keeping tabs and dropping reminder hints over the next week or so to enter but until then have a fantastic Monday.

Take care


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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becky

My favorite cookbook — hm, it’d have to be a tie actually. I adore my John Folse ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CAJUN & CREOLE CUISINE and my copy of Jamie Oliver’s JAMIE’S FOOD REVOLUTION sees heavy use in my house!


2 Cindi

I really like this cookbook:
Andrew Carmellini’s American Flavor.
Many thanks, Cindi


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5 Kyndle Meyer

Would love to win the mixer. Awsome sight. Love these recipes. So light and refreshing. Great place.


6 Vicky

Darn! I read through this article with growing excitation only to find at the end of it all that I’m not eligible because I don’t live in the right country! What a disappointment, I suppose I’ll just have to add it to my Christmas wishlist…

On the positive side that means I don’t have to abide by any rules so I’ll give you 3 or my favourite cookery books:
Jane Grigson, “Food with the Famous” (a celebration of food, recipes and ingredients throughout the years as descibed by Zola, Jane Austen and other famous writers)
Elizabeth David, “A Book of Mediterranean Food” (a classic and it is amazing to think that she had the cheek to publish this just as Britain was slowly emerging from years of rationning)
Elizabeth Camisa, “The Fratelli Camisa Cookery Book” (simple homecooking with the emphasis on good quality ingredients)


7 zesty

Sorry Vicky!


8 Laura

ooo i’d love to win this book! my favorite cookbook is practical paleo. its got great photography, too!


9 jess

My fave’s Cooking From the Farmer’s Market by Williams – Sonoma.


10 Marleigh

We’re big Jamie fans so “Jamie at Home” gets a lot of traction around here, but I think my favorite of all time has to be “Passionate Vegetarian” by Crescent Dragonwagon. The thing is massive—over 1,000 pages—and contains directions for cooking every kind of vegetable, grain, stew, casserole, salad or stir-fry you can imagine. Plus the recipes are delicious and, if I were stranded on a desert island, it would be the single cookbook I would want.


11 libby

My favorite cookbook is Southern Plate, Christy Jordan


12 Sandy Denny

Hi Zesty
I must confess I’m a bit of a cookbook junkieso would love to win this to add to the list. I have over 200 so far in my collection so I have many favorites! I’m especially impressed with the results I’ve had with all of Anne Lindsay’s books. Her recipes are healthy, easy to execute and pretty much always turn out perfect. I really like her soup recipes. Many of them take only 15 to 20 minutes to put together but the full flavours in them are just as satisfying as something you might have simmered all day long – a great feature for those of us who work full time and have little time some nights to get supper on the table.
Thanks once again for a great blog.

I will also add a link to my blog as well.

Sandy Denny


13 barbara n

My favorite cookbook is a beat up old copy of Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that was my mothers!


14 anne

My favorite cookbook is Everyday Pasta by Giada.


15 lisageez

yay!… love cookbooks!… don’t really have a favorite since i have so many and i use the worldwideweb a lot for ideas too… but one that i seem to always go back to is (boring) The Joy Of Cooking… my dad gave it to me as a gift when i was still a teeny bopper and the sticky, dirty pages make me smile everytime i use it!… thanks for the chance to get another worthwhile cookery read!… :)


16 pearl

A cookbook that is great is The food You Crave by Ellie Krieger.


17 Joanna

My mum’s copy of the Hamlyn All Colour Cook Book we’ve had for as long I can remember.

Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain would be a great update on some traditional British recipes!


18 Judy A

This is a tough assignment because I like cookbooks. I use the Company’s Coming series the most.


19 Patti Smith

No need to enter me in your giveaway…I already own and LOVE Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain. This book is not just a cookbook; it’s a great read :)


20 Marianne

My favourite cookbook is my Essential Asian Cookbook. I swear, any Asian dish I want from any country is in there, with easy to follow recipes, nutritional information, and plenty of pictures. I picked it up on a whim years ago on the discount table at Chapters, and it was the best $10 I’ve spent for sure. Sadly, I don’t think it’s in print any longer.


21 bn100

My favorite cookbook is The Barefoot Contessa cookbook.


22 Silvena

Hi there Zesty and friends,

My favorite cookbook is more like a textbook, giving you a ground on which you can build further.

I have always dreamed of taking a course in Le Cordon Bleu’s Cooking Classes, yet the only thing I could get my hand on was their “Le Cordon Bleu’s Complete Cooking Techniques”.

This is an amazing book, as it can teach you all basics you could ever need to apply in any dish.

I have always had issues in remembering exact recipes, which is why I learned to understand food and be able to make the most appropriate combination between various ingredients.

This book does not only give all that, but has hundreds of illustrated techniques which are invaluable kitchen aids, as are the many integral recipes.

I do wish to win Jamie’s cookbook, but this is also a friendly recommendation to all of you. Le Cordon Bleu’s Complete Cooking Techniques is so much worth it that you just need to have it :o)

Take care,


23 Mairi

My favourite cookbook is either a big Betty Crocker one that has practically everything (cooking and baking) in it, or the Be-Ro one that used to be my great grandmother’s. It only has baking in it but they’re British recipes and it’s fun to bake all the foods that my parents used to eat when they were kids in England.


24 Jane

My fave is just a basic Betty Crocker that my mom gave me when I got married. It was perfect for someone who hadn’t done a whole lot of cooking up to that point, and it literally tells you everything you need to know. The best part for me was the pictures of all the different cuts of meat, or different beans and lentils – that sort of thing. So useful! I still use it for classics like pancakes, banana bread, and carrot cake. It has been taped up several times and is covered in batter splodges and smears of chocolate.


25 Liz

My fave (at the moment) is Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest!


26 Wendy

My favorite cookbook these days is one that our church published as a fundraiser – you know the recipes in there are tried, tested and true! Yummy!


27 Katie Berman

My favorite cookbook is The Barefoot Contessa.


28 Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

I hope that you enjoy cooking from his book as much as you’ve enjoyed browsing through it!

Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.


29 Carl

Just recently acquired Lonely Planet’s Food Lover’s Guide to the World. Not my favorite yet but lots of great exploring to be done.

I’ve subscribed by email and I will be tweeting as well. Thanks for this excellent giveaway.


30 Lois

I love my collection of Jean Pare’s cookbooks. They are practical, and easy to use. My favorite is Easy Healthy Cooking. The pages are dog eared in places – especially the chicken and corn chowder recipe.


31 Holly (2 Kids and Tired)

I reviewed it too. Loved this cookbook. I haven’t watched any of Jamie’s shows, but my husband is British, so that might have something to do with it! I made the Early Autumn Cornish Pasties and they were terrific. I think the commentary and pictures are just as fun as the recipes.

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