The mention of Jamie Oliver invariably fills me with mixed emotion. On the one hand, you have to admire his genuine concern that we’re breeding a nation of fatties. But for all that is good with The Naked Chef, there is also bad.
Take his kids’ names, for example; Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver. I want to like you Jamie, but you’re not making it easy.
Personal feelings aside, Jamie’s Recipes is pretty flippin’ good. In the free download, you’ll find Jamie’s Taster Pack, with 13 recipes and three videos. Pulled together from the add-on packs, there’s an interesting selection of stuff to make, including curried sea bass, home-made pizza, and banoffee banana split. Mmm, food. Each recipe includes a brief summary, a list of ingredients, and step-by-step instructions.
Arguably the best feature of Jamie’s Recipes is the ability to copy any set of ingredients into the Shopping tab. As you wander around the supermarket, you can cross off the ingredients with a simple tap of the screen. Nice. And Jamie, ever helpful, has even arranged the ingredients into categories, such as fruit and veg, milk and dairy, and meat and seafood. Cheers, mate.
Of course, Jamie has kids to feed, so he has to make a few bucks somehow. That’s where the Jamie’s Recipes add-on packs come in. For £1.19 (Jamie explains on iTunes that he’s knocked a third off for now – they’re usually £1.79), you can download collections like Fresh & Wholesome, Classic Comfort Food, and 10-Minute Meals. Typically the packs include 10-12 additional recipes, and a video or two with some cooking tips. The add-ons won’t exactly break the bank, but at the same time, there are hundreds of thousands of recipes freely available elsewhere on the cyberweb.
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Summary: Love or hate Jamie Oliver, he makes good food, and food is good. There’s a nice selection in Jamie’s Recipes, and it’s well put together, but it’s hard to fully recommend with such stiff competition from other cooking apps, like 170,000+ Recipes. If you’re a Naked Chef fan and don’t mind forking out the odd £1 here and there for the extra content, Jamie's Recipes is definitely worth a look.
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS4.1 or later.
Price: Free. Downloadable packs are usually £1.79 @ Appstore