Friday, March 4, 2011
Jamie's America Easy Twists on Great American Classics and More
I was beyond excited when I heard I was getting a copy of Jamie Oliver's cookbook.
It's been sitting sort of in my living room since the middle of January. I say sort of because like the last cookbook I was to review, this one got snatched up by my mother. I had to wrestle it back (Jay Lethal would have been impressed)
It's laid out like a scrapbook, filled with photos of the trip and personal stories on how he came across each and every recipe.
What a true cookbook should be like.
I was disappointed by the lack of vegetarian offerings in this. Don't get me wrong, there are a number of them, but sadly, like many of the recipes, they're ingredients lists contain things that are difficult to find at times where I live.
I'm still trying to figure out what to replace the alligator meat with for even a basic switch off, let alone turning something into a vegetarian version.
The book is extremely region specific, and really only appeals as a "theme" to anyone not in the U.S. or here in Canada. But even that said, there are items in these recipes that can not be found in Canada.
I did find the paring of wines with each recipe to be a bonus.
This is one cookbook I will be coming back to and trying to figure out a few ways around some of the more interesting recipes, but over all, I was just not impressed.