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“Jamie’s Food Revolution” by Jamie Oliver

"Jamie's Food Revolution" by Jamie Oliver

"Jamie's Food Revolution" by Jamie Oliver

Title/Author: “Jamie’s Food Revolution” by Jamie Oliver

Genre: Non-fiction – cooking

Rating: 4 out of 5

WV Reader Review: A great collection of recipe from the Food Network’s “Naked Chef”. Focused on simplicity, the meals are about geting the most out of flavors and base ingredients. Though starting out with pub food, Jamie’s book runs the gamut of styles and flavors.

What’s cooking? 5 resources to help you out for the holidays

Looking for a new recipe to spice up your holiday meal? Can’t find Grandma’s recipe for cranberry sauce? Well, look no further. Check out these cooking resources available at the library (and some online!):

  1. Books – Cookbooks, from vegan to glutton. How to entertain, from formal to casual. Find them all in 641-643  in the non-fiction section.
  2. Magazines – Want something smaller and more likely to stay open to the right page on the counter? Check out one of our cooking magazines. We have subscriptions to Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Cooks Illustrated, Gourmet, Healthy Cooking, Martha Stewart Living, as well as other more specialized magazines that happen to have recipes (Southern Living  or Sunset, anyone?).
  3. Videos – Books just not your thing? Looking for a visual how-to? Then take a look at our collection of chefs on DVD. Go old school with The French Chef with Julia Child, learn about the history of food with Burt Wolf’s What We Eat, or watch and learn from video cooking classes with Video Bread. DVDs for Alton Brown’s Good Eats, America’s Test Kitchen, and Rachael Ray’s 30  Minute Meals are also available by placing a hold on them through the library catalog.
  4. Database (online) – Take a look at our Culinary Arts Collection database. This database  includes 150 (wow!) of the major cooking and nutrition magazines, with thousands of searchable recipes and restaurant reviews, as well as industry information. Can’t make it in to the library? Then take a look at this wherever you can get online.
  5. Websites (online) – For recipes (generally from Gourmet and Bon Appetit) with user comments & feedback (who tweaked what with how much, and other recommendations), visit epicurious.com. For recipes that range from Gourmet to more down-home cooking, also with user comments & feedback, visit recipezaar.com. If you are looking for gluten free crockpot recipes (and who isn’t?), visit crockpot365.blogspot.com (it’s really good for general crockpot recipes, too).

Best of luck with your holiday cooking!

Julia, Julia, Julia

Who exactly was Julia Child? A tall cleaver-swinging woman with a penchant for drinking sherry as she cooked? An American housewife with an interest in French cuisine? Who was she really?

Find out more with these books and videos:

  • My Life in France  by Julia Child – Julia describes her culinary and life experiences in France just after World War II ended. The film Julie and Julia is partially based on this book.
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child – The cookbook that made Julia a celebrity, and Julie Powell a blogger and author.
  • Julie and Julia by Julie Powell – What started as a blog by a 20-something woman in New York about her attempts at cooking every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year became a best selling book and inspired the recent film starring Meryl Streep.
  • Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child by Nancy Verde Barr – A memoir of 24 years working with Julia Child.
  • Appetite for Life by Noel Riley Fitch – A biography of Julia written when she was in her 80’s.
  • The French Chef with Julia Child – The TV series that brought Julia into American homes. Learn how to roast a chicken, make an omelette, and throw a wine and cheese party with French flair.

See for yourself why Julia Child is considered (and deservedly so) a legend!