Jamie Oliver grew up in his parents' country pub, the Cricketers in Clavering, where he started cooking at the age of eight, before studying at London's Westminster Catering College. He then went on to work with some of the top chefs in England-namely Antonio Carluccio at the Neal Street Restaurant and Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers at the River Cafe. The author of such popular titles asThe Naked Chef, Jamie's Kitchen, and Jamie's Italy, among others, he has written for theSaturday Times, served as Food Editor at GQ and Marie Claire magazines, and hosted the popular television showThe Naked Chef. Oliver's recent television show, Food Revolution, has aired on ABC for two seasons. He is thirty-eight and lives in London with his wife, Jools and their four children.
This new book of mine is all about fun, escapist recipes. Its an adventurous cookbook that embraces the big hitters from the incredible countries Ive visited recently, as well as completely new things Ive made up by taking cues from the influences around me. Ive taken some of the most famous and exciting dishes from these beautiful places and tweaked them so you can recreate the paellas of Spain, the tagines of Morocco and the risottos of Italy easily, and authentically, in your own kitchen.
Every now and then, being brave, escaping the daily routine and filling up on other cultures is a great thing to do. Just get out there and discover the fantastic flavors, people, and places that exist just a flight away.
So, if youve been talking about going somewhere in particular but havent gotten around to booking your ticket, I urge you to go for it. Youll come back feeling optimistic about life, with a head full of beautiful memoriesnot to mention ideas for incredible dishes. In the meantime, let this book introduce you to some of the fantastic new recipes and flavors Ive discovered, and maybe even reintroduce you to recipes youve loved and enjoyed on your own holidays, but just never knew how to make.