Oh Cook!: The cookbook from James May with simple, easy recipes that any idiot can make.

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Oh Cook!: The cookbook from James May with simple, easy recipes that any idiot can make.

Oh Cook!: The cookbook from James May with simple, easy recipes that any idiot can make.

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During the episodes May is assisted at times by home economist Nikki Morgan, who is kept in a cupboard until her assistance is required. If they are not precooked, you will need to poach them first in simmering water, then fry or grill until they are crispy and form a brown crust. This brings me to the next reason to love this book… The recipes are both “user friendly” and very, very tasty. The remaining gimmick, of having home economist and proper cook Nikki Morgan being kept in a cupboard, brought out to help him with tricky bits, leans hard towards the latter. However, my wife has done a great job at trying out some of the recipes, and most of them have turned out to be pretty great.

Other projects have taken him to the edge of space, forced him to share a caravan with Oz Clarke and seen him attempt to fly with a jetpack on his back. I made this at the end of a busy day, and it was very much a case of classic “distracted cooking” on my part.Macaroni cheese with sausages…" And he's still partial to Spam, although rarely, and admits it is "a bit of a schtick" that's become part of his brand. We had it as a side dish with some plain old diner-style meatloaf, but it was good enough to be a vegetarian main dish.

It’s perhaps not all that surprising that James May has gone down the cooking route, given that May founded FoodTribe, a spin-off from DriveTribe, with his The Grand Tour co-stars Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. If you get them roughly right, you can guess a lot of them and you will come out with something edible. This is not true if you're making a programme about science or engineering or car history, where you have some authority, but I'm working on a cooking show, where I avowedly can't cook anyway, so everybody is part of the advisory committee and it does get bloody annoying, quite quickly. I had just so much fun reading it and I learned a few things too 😊 for fans and beginners, I totally recommend it!Five years ago people were saying 'oh, we can't have another cooking show, that's been exhausted' but it turns out it hasn't, because even I can do one. Sloshing back sancerre in Floydian style, May also likes to involve the camera-people as he attempts to learn the art of making a cooking show itself. Having written and presented shows including James May's Big Trouble In Model Britain and James May: The Reassembler in recent years, it is safe to deduce the presenter has a penchant for detail.

I'd never learned to cook at home, I didn't do cooking at school, I can't remember cooking when I was a student, I think we just had toast. May isn’t exactly fond of the way that cooking shows are normally filmed, so he fills the time with his usual brand of random facts about things like history and his life. The parmesan grater he’s using is one he’s had since his student days (which suggests a greater degree of kitchen aptitude than pretended, but consistency of narrative is evidently not deemed a vital ingredient here).When I was a student in the 1980s, I tried to do a roast Sunday lunch but forgot to turn the oven on and we ended up eating it at 3am.

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