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'I think you would need to be a VERY competent cook to be able to cook these recipes in 30 mins, but what really bothered me was that at the start of the book there are 2 pages FULL of kitchen gadgets you MUST have to be able to make these recipes in 30 mins.
If you bought this book thinking it would be a quick AND cheap way to cook, think again!
Even with three people cooking them they still CANNOT be done in thirty minutes.
'We are not amateur cooks, and they still take at least double the time.
It goes to show how much editing is used in TV.'And experienced cooks have complained online that one of the meals took up to 90 minutes to complete.'1.
My wife and I are no strangers to cooking fresh meals but these meals take 60-90 minutes to prepare. For a family of four these meals are costing in at around £20 per meal which mounts up for a weekly shop. The guy seems to love washing up.'My review wouldn't have been so low if the main selling point wasn't that the meals could be prepared quickly.' Another disapointed group of cooks with the username 'unsatisfied' wrote on Oliver's official forum: 'Jamie, your 30 minute meals are more like 90 minute meals!
Also, most of the time the meat is not cooked in the time that you say.' A publicist for the chef told Mail Online that all the recipes in the book had been thoroughly tested.'As Jamie says in the intro to the book: "If at first you run a little over time and your kitchen is a bit messy, please don't worry - it's all part of the process and you will radically improve the more you make these meals."'We test every recipe at least five times and use home cooks - like myself - to make sure they work.
So we know they do.'Essex boy Oliver, who shot to fame in 1999 as The Naked Chef, was also criticised for including a £300 shopping list of essential utensils that cooks would need if they wanted to make the meals quickly.
Daire Basra stated on Amazon: 'I have recently become stuck in a cooking rut and have found the book creative and inspiring- thanks Jamie!'Jamie assures us that even if we don't have any of the gadgets, we can buy them all "for about £300" !!!!!!!' The negative reviews have done little damage Oliver's book sales, however, as it spent Christmas Day on top of the bestseller chart.Edit Bihari, from Norway, wrote on Amazon: 'After opening the book, I have seen that 30 minutes meals exists only in such a kitchen where you have everything on hand.On one of the first pages you find a complete list of kitchen sets what you need to purchase in order to keep this 30 minutes time.'So if you want to make a proper food, you need to spend at least one hour with the preparation and 30 minutes are only the cooking part.'All in all, I am a bit disappointed, not by the quality of the recipes but by the marketing which makes you a promise of 30 mins meals but in the real, afterwork life, you need to spend min one hour in the kitchen.' Fast food: Three of the 30-minute meals from Jamie Oliver's record selling book A Mrs Wykes, from Derbyshire, added: 'I am a huge fan of Jamie so was really disappointed with this book.
Experienced cooks complained that one meal took up to 90 minutes to complete, despite Oliver saying the recipes show ‘that with a bit of preparation, the right equipment and some organisation, hearty, delicious, quick meals are less than half an hour away’.