My Own Private Chef

I figured out a way to make Jamie Oliver my personal chef. Or at least that’s how it seems with his newest book, Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook, in which his casual language and approachable style make me feel as if he’s in the kitchen cooking with (or for) me. Each recipe is easy and teaches the fundamentals, from how to dress a salad to more adventurous stuff like making pasta. This book makes cooking accessible and fun—two things we strive to do at CHOW every day, so we applaud anyone who helps in the matter.

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook, $37.50