Archive for June 18th, 2014

I won’t say that I have neglected the old family estate back in New Hampshire (I have a great local caretaker who keeps the place in good shape) but on my trip home last weekend I was pleased to find one of the back fields had yielded to a sea of dandelions.  I love when weeds are beautiful…

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JMAI have been a big fan of British chef Jamie Oliver for years. I used to watch his various television shows and always found him personable and his recipes and tips relatively easy to follow. And as an Anglophile, his “mockney” sensibility was always a plus for me.

I am also a big fan of Mr. Oliver’s books, which are always interesting and entertaining. I really like his spin on American cuisine as detailed in his book Jamie’s America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics, and More.

About Jamie’s America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics, and More by Jamie Oliver: “Jamie has long been fascinated by how vast and diverse America is, but his experience had been limited to only a few cities. All that changes with Jamie’s America. This was his chance to see it all, and he couldn’t wait to travel all over the country, in search of recipe gems buried in Americans’ own backyards. As he says: ‘I wanted to get to the heart of great American food…I set off on what I knew would be a completely inspiring trip. I wasn’t wrong…From New York to New Orleans, the energy of Los Angeles to the big skies of Wyoming, I found what I was looking for: Some of the most diverse and delicious recipes I’ve ever come across!’”

Like Alexis de Tocqueville before him, Jamie Oliver’s travels across America helps us see our very own country (and what we like to eat) in a new way through the eyes of a visitor – and it is a revelation.

Jamie’s America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics, and More by Jamie Oliver is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.