Turning Up The Heat
by Gilly Smith
Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006, ISBN 9781405037457, colour photographic plates, paperback
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, age toned edges, no inscriptions, un-creased spine (see photographs)
“Jamie Oliver is the cheeky chappie in The Naked Chef who grew up to become the world’s favourite social revolutionary.
Encouraging an international audience of fast-food fans to cook rather than just defrost, he put the passion back into eating. Grabbing no-hope kids off the street, training them up and giving them jobs in his own restaurants, as well as some of the best restaurants in the world, he inspired a new generation of chefs. Creating a revolution in school canteens, his drive changed British government policy.
But where does his energy come from? What makes his marriage to ‘the lovely Jools’ work? How does he stop a small child’s tantrum with the words, ‘Want to cook?’ What next for the maverick culinary crusader who makes capitalism cool and can train kids the world has given up on to braise rabbit?
From Huckleberry Finn childhood in the English countryside to becoming Britain’s most inspiring political figure, the story of Jamie Oliver is set against a backdrop of enormous social change and its course follows a culinary revolution. Speaking to those people at the very heart of this revolution, from international chefs and food stars including Stephanie Alexander, Antony Worrall Thompson, Alice Waters, Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray of London’s The River Café, as well as politicians and media commentators, biographer and food journalist Gilly Smith asks if it was Jamie who struck the match, or whether it was simply time to turn up the heat under a world finally ready to feed itself.”