Jamie’s new health philosophy is quick and easy
LESS is more. That is Jamie Oliver’s philosophy with Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food. The celebrity chef has stripped back his recipes to five key ingredients for his new television show and accompanying cookbook.
The move echoes the work of Aussie foodies Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham who published their first 4 Ingredients book in 2009.
Now Oliver is on the bandwagon with easy-to-make dishes designed to encourage people with busy lives to eat healthy rather than buy takeaway.
“I originally wrote the book for four ingredients and they (recipes) were good but I don’t think the Aussie public want good from me — I think they want something more exciting,” Oliver says.
“For me, five was the magic number. It meant that we could cook a good dish but also introduce a new ingredient (to each recipe). It could be Thai green curry paste or mango chutney or harissa paste. These things are in your most supermarkets now.
“I’ve always been about making food as accessible as possible.”
Oliver has grown more outspoken since The Naked Chef in 1999. He has campaigned for better food in schools, targeted cities with high obesity rates, and opened Ministry of Food centres in the UK and Australia. Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, Ten, Tuesday, 7.30pm