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Jamie Does: Book review

Reviewed by's Anna Gowan

Jamie Oliver's latest offering is a guide to the signature dishes of a collection of European countries.

Each chapter is dedicated to the local cuisine of a particular region: Marrakech, Athens, Venice, Andalucia, Stockholm and the Ardeche region of France.

Given the geographical and cultural diversity of the selected countries, the book provides a cross-section of recipes, from Greek meatballs to Spanish paella, Moroccan tagines and more.

Having attempted to teach the basics of cooking in previous books, Oliver has created a cookbook for foodies. Each recipe requires a certain degree of effort and many meals take several hours to prepare. But it's worth it.

As one would expect, the ingredients are often region-specific, which may prove a little tricky when stocking your classic Kiwi kitchen, though not impossible.

We had a crack at three recipes over the course of a week: an Italian pea risotto, a Stockholm fish stew and a Spanish bean and bacon dish. We chose the three due to their shorter preparation and cooking time - each took around 90 minutes.

Each recipe was delicious, especially the risotto and the bean stew. Oliver is rarely repetitive and each dish utilised a variety of ingredients and flavours, herbs and spices and of course, plenty of salt.

Jamie Does... is beautifully presented, with thick pages and colour photography revealing Jamie's discovery of his chosen dishes - and the recipes are tasty to boot.

Rating: 9/10

Jamie Does... By Jamie Oliver
Publisher: Penguin
RRP: $75 (hardback)
Available: Now