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Jamie Oliver webchat, Thursday 29 August, 2.45pm

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GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 27-Aug-13 11:12:29

We're chuffed that Jamie Oliver is paying a return visit to Mumsnet this Thursday. His first MN webchat was back in 2010.

Jamie has a new book out, Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less (all subjects dear to MNers' hearts). It has 100 brand-new recipes designed to be accessible, reliable and, above all, affordable.

This is what Jamie says about his new book: "For years I have been telling people that if you look back through history, the best food in the world has always come from communities under massive financial pressure. But the proviso is that you MUST be able to cook! If you can't, and have no money, that is where the trouble starts. This is a cook book which, from start to finish has tasty recipes, all dedicated to great value, is a brilliant weapon to have on the shelf, and is relevant to every household. If you use this book the way it's intended, you should end up saving a wodge of cash from your wallet."

And to tie in with the book, he has a new six-part series on Channel 4 starting on Monday 2 Sept at 8pm.

Please post your question and join Jamie for a chat at 2.45pm on Thurs.

BoffinMum Sat 31-Aug-13 09:09:23

I am another one who thinks every penny made out of this book is a penny out of another child's mouth.

SubliminalMassaging Sat 31-Aug-13 08:59:06

So he's a sociopath now? Based on his apology upthread? Unbelievable.

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SpecialAgentCuntSnake Sat 31-Aug-13 08:53:14

I used to love this ambitious boy.

Too bad he stayed a spoiled little boy instead of becoming a man. sad

france has already knighted J K Rowling for bringing so many young people back to reading for pleasure. don't think we've given her one sadly.

limitedperiodonly Sat 31-Aug-13 08:21:54

I was told his PR team regularly brainstorm how to get him a knighthood

Oh God dolly that sounds likely. I'm imagining a hipster-infested office in Clerkenwell.

limitedperiodonly Sat 31-Aug-13 08:10:51

his deliberate answering of the really facile question (whether asked ironically or not could be seen as goady, smug or even spiteful

You're right mig

the whole 'i'm just baffled by people's choices' drivel was not an apology at all it was a reinforcement and standing by what he said and a blatant, no i haven't read and thought about why these alleged choices aren't choices and food and a tv clearly aren't in competition or an either or relationship.

i'm just baffled by those aliens down there and the way they live, it's impossible to understand aliens. meh.

dollywould Sat 31-Aug-13 08:00:57

It does, doesn't it BoffinMum? I don't know if it's true but I was told his PR team regularly brainstorm how to get him a knighthood. If so, why not donate all the profits from this book to the Trussell Trust? You could tell us that all of Jamie's staff are paid a living wage. If Jamie's going to compare us to Spain, why can't he take a leaf out of Adria's book and donate profits to charity? www.newstatesman.com/food-and-drink/2013/08/dear-jamie-oliver-poverty-isnt-picturesque-mediterranean-either Do something with some substance fgs.

Well said about the non-apology. Have a horrible feeling he'll appear on tv soon, on the verge of tears saying 'It's all so flipping hurtful, I'm just trying to help people, y'know'. I'll wager that's the next stage in the marketing campaign...

Did anyone ask what taxes his businesses pay?

Fruit with smear [Grin]

smear is definitely the best typo/autocorrect i've seen this week grin

BoffinMum Sat 31-Aug-13 05:23:01

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. His marketing strategy smacks of Gerald Ratner.

ZingWantsCake Sat 31-Aug-13 00:35:01

eewwww! <Boak>

CorrinaKedavra Sat 31-Aug-13 00:25:07

Fruit with smear. Organic and free grin

Fekking iPad. Fruit with smear???? Wtf.... Fruit with MEAT!!!!

Ok I've just read the recipes on ms Monroes blog. Now some of them do nothing for me as there's a bit too much tinned stuff for me, and I can't stand fruit in with smear so the chicken with tinned mandarins in is not going to be on our menu...

But I was really very pleasantly surprised at how they are all interesting, edible meals and some of the combinations are downright imaginative. Far more so than can be said for someone who goes off on tv funded jollies to other countries to steal all,their recipes!

Tomorrow tea we are having something I do quite often, home made pizza.......

3 cups flour (25 ish p from 1.5kg bag 85p Lidl)
Olive oil about 15p (bottle £2.99 Lidl)
Tomatoe purée 5p (cheapo Lidl)
Half pack of Asia pepperami slices 50p
Chunk of grated cheese cheddar type 30p
Asda mozzarella 45p
Basil free
Yeast 5p from large tub bought at health food shop

I get £1.75 for two large rectangular pizzas which we eat 1.5 on day one, then dp and the kids have a piece in their lunchbox next day. So that's 7 portions (gets calculator out) = 25p per portion. And of course sometimes we make it without the cheddar/pepperami if i mess up on the shopping list...

Actually, that better than Jamie isn't it cos takeaway pizza costs a lot more than 50p a portion grin

CorrinaKedavra Fri 30-Aug-13 23:47:21

Very interesting, Darkest. I knew what you were about to say before your second post having been briefly married to such a charmer.

I did love the apology posted by someone up-thread. It wouldn't have been hard to do something like that to start off given the comments already posted but JO is above all that it seems.

Darkesteyes Fri 30-Aug-13 23:41:25

It has been suggested that because callousness and lack of empathy are virtual requirements in modern day business such an environment probably contains more than their fair share.

From an article "Is there a sociopath in your life" written by Louise Chunn.

"They possess a superficial charm that diverts attention from the more disturbing aspects of their nature."

Dr Jane McGregor co author of "The Empathy Trap Understanding Antisocial Personalities.

Darkesteyes Fri 30-Aug-13 23:34:26

Yes Well said Wallinson. And i agree limited It DOES come across as bullying.

YY mignon. The apology showed no empathy. Theres a name for that kind of person.

HoneyDragon Fri 30-Aug-13 23:24:37

Bugger. I'd only just stopped seething at girls. Now I've started again.

CorrinaKedavra Fri 30-Aug-13 23:15:11

He was as evasive as a politician. One Direction, favourite cheese, squitting or whatever it's called, all answered... and recommending that we girls steal herbs from our local park.

Telling that he didn't answer the inevitable biscuit question. That marks him as a slippery individual in my book.

mignonette Fri 30-Aug-13 23:09:34

I thought his deliberate answering of the really facile question (whether asked ironically or not could be seen as goady, smug or even spiteful. And that was not an apology shot through w/ any kind of insight of genuine sadness that he had hurt people.

dollywould Fri 30-Aug-13 23:06:30

I used to love Jamie's books - it used to be nice, uncomplicated food. I've gone right off him now - each new book just feels like an effort to squeeze more books sales and money out of the franchise. He's even got his face all over the veg at Homebase fgs (It's like he created bloody basilhmm)

limitedperiodonly you're right, he seems quite bullying now. I have no probs with him punting his books out for the public but the sight of a multimillionaire lecturing people on food poverty is really unpleasant. Especially with news like this: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/summer-of-hunger-huge-rise-in-food-bank-use-as-demand-linked-to-welfare-reform-8755101.html

Really looking forward to Jack's webchat though smile

BoffinMum Fri 30-Aug-13 22:44:00

Yup, Wallinson, well said.

Wallison Fri 30-Aug-13 22:14:01

Well said, swallowedaFly. You know, I consider myself a socialist but even with that I wouldn't mind if what we had was proper capitalism instead of a few people at the top passing vast amounts of money around between themselves while the rest struggle to even house, clothe and feed their families. It's obscene, the way that wealth and therefore power is all sown up, and we should be revolting against the status quo, not pontificating about what people should or shouldn't be doing when they cook.

CorrinaKedavra Fri 30-Aug-13 21:50:39

Oh, I am terribly sorry - posted on the wrong thread.

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