Jamie Oliver is back with his latest attempt at making us a healthier nation, one meal at a time. That’s right, the man who banished the beloved turkey twizzler from our plates has an exciting new offering – a collection of nutritionally balanced recipes, promising a healthier, happier you.
Like every book Jamie releases, it’s eye-catchingly designed and beautifully photographed. This is how healthy food should be marketed – bright and vibrant, a perfect reflection of the fresh ingredients he urges us to try. Every image showcases his flair for presentation; the dishes look impressive and professional, but simple to recreate.
The recipes themselves are split into categories – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and drinks. Each category has a variety of interesting dishes, from some lightened up classics, like the skinny carbonara made with natural yoghurt and peas, to some new inventions; Mexican gazpacho, or better yet, harissa waffles with sesame fried eggs. All of the recipes include complete nutritional information so you can be sure you’re getting a balanced meal. Another helpful addition is the 100 calorie snack section, providing ideas for guilt free treats when the munchies arise. Marmite popcorn, I’m looking at you.
Most notably, it’s refreshing to buy a healthy recipe book nowadays that doesn’t demonise carbs and dairy, or rely on specialty ingredients you can only find hidden in the depths of Whole Foods. It focuses on balance, and promotes ordinary ingredients that anyone can buy from their local supermarket. Overall, it’s an original and creative take on wholesome food, with a host of recipes to appeal to even the fussiest of eaters. Another resounding success for Mr Oliver – so much so, I can almost forgive him for the turkey twizzlers. Almost.