Maureen: I’m just going to say this: I think this is a return to form for Jamie. We had a lot of good dinners this month.
Maureen: I know. Though saying that, I don’t know if the dinners were good because the cookbook was good, or if it’s because we love Italian food, which is always a winner. What did you think?
Kirstin: I thought the recipes were good, but I’m not sure they were that good. But they were good. I just didn’t understand all of the old women scattered throughout the book. What was that about?
Maureen: I think he was trying to show that the old ways are the best way. Or something.
Kirstin: This cookbook was definitely better than the last couple of books.
Maureen: I read in the introduction that it took him 18 months to write. I think it shows. It certainly doesn’t seem as slapdash as some of his more recent efforts.
Kirstin: I’d say it’s mid-period Jamie– not as good as he was at the start, but not as bad as recent years, either.
Maureen: He’s never going to be as good as his first four books.
Kirstin: Oh, never. But that’s not have much to do with him, but things have changed. Personalities have changed. Food has changed. Food is everywhere. There’s a lot more recipes available in newspapers, magazines and online.
Maureen: I think it also has to do with the fact that we have very much moved on. We’re much better cooks than when Jamie released his first book, but maybe some of our skills are Jamie’s doing? There were some good recipes in this cookbook and I would recommend it to people. It’s been a very, very long time since I last recommended a Jamie book.
Kirstin: I would give it to people, and that’s always a good sign.
Maureen: So a decent month from Jamie then.
Kirstin: For Sure.
“Jamie Cooks Italy”
Overall Grade (A- F): B+ (Maureen) B (Kirstin)
Best recipes: Maureen: Pasta dishes– they were really good. Kirstin: Bastardo Chicken
Grade for Photography (A-F): B
Any disasters? Kirstin: No. Maureen: No!
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Bookshelf! This is the first time in a long while we haven’t sent a Jamie book to the charity shop. Would You Give This Book to a Friend?: Yes.