Kirstin: We promised we would never, ever, ever buy another Jamie book.
Maureen: And yet, here we are.
Kirstin: We are such hypocrites.
Maureen: I feel a little bit dirty.
Kirstin: Faithful readers: don’t hate us for it! We’re sorry! So what changed our minds?
Maureen: I think what swayed me were the recipes in The Times and they were things I actually wanted to cook.
Kirstin: And I saw the pictures by David Loftus on Instagram, so that piqued my interest.
Maureen: I’ve got such mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, the recipes sound like things we would like to eat. But on the other hand, his last several cookbooks have been such disasters, I worry that will be true again. Also, he’s not the first to come up with this idea. But because he’s Jamie Oliver, he’ll sell a bazillion copies.
Kirstin:: Really? Do tell.
Maureen: John Whaite published a book last year with the same idea.
Kirstin: That is a shocker! Cheeky Jamie!
Maureen: I know, right? But John Whaite is not the first one to come up with either, though. I bought a cookbook probably 15 years ago that was the same idea. It was a disaster, but still, the idea certainly has an obvious appeal.
Kirstin: I’ve got to say that the fluorescent green on Jamie’s book kind of put me off.
Maureen: The green is a very strong colour, to be sure. The optimist in me though this could be a return to form for Jamie, but then I thought that about the last however many books he’s written that we’ve not liked and I worry that it’ll just be another annual Jamie Oliver disappointment.
Kirstin: When I saw the calorie counters at the bottom, it reminded me of the last two awful cookbooks, crossed with the 30- and 15-minute disaster zones when he talks about how long it’s going to take, because they’re all pretty fast. It doesn’t make me hopeful.
Maureen: Until I saw the TV show, I didn’t appreciate that he really wants us to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible, but that doesn’t always work. I don’t like to cook against a timer. Life is stressful enough sometimes.
Maureen: Remember when we learned what the title was going to be? I said to you, “When did Jamie decide that he hates food?” [We laughed. Oh, how we laughed.]
Kirstin: I don’t count the number of ingredients when I cook. When did it become such a thing?
Maureen: Saying that, it looks like it’ll be a great one for getting dinner on the table quicikly during the week.
Kirstin: It’s a good one for September, to be sure. It’s also got lots of good fish recipes…
Maureen: And vegetable recipes, and even desserts, for the first time in the long time.
Kirstin: [Dubiously] With five ingredients?
Maureen: Yes. I know. But we’ll give it a go. Again, the eternal optimist in me is hoping for the best.
Kirstin: This may really be the last Jamie book.
Maureen: We said that the last time. It appears that for us, Jamie is hard to resist. But that’s probably true of a lot of people.