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Celebrate 20 years of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks with 5 delicious recipes

Since The Naked Chef  first arrived in our kitchens 20 years ago, Jamie Oliver has helped to revolutionise the way we eat. To celebrate the anniversary we've selected five recipes from Jamie’s first cookbooks, and explore what made each book so iconic for food enthusiasts. Now published in beautiful Penguin Modern Cookery Classic livery design. 

The Naked Chef

Perfect Roast Chicken
Perfect Roast Chicken

The Naked Chef was born out of the idea to strip down restaurant techniques to their bare essentials and create cool dishes for everyone to cook at home, and get boys back in the kitchen! It's all about having a laugh with fun, delicious food from a young person's perspective.

Cook from the book: Try Jamie's recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken on The Happy Foodie

The Return of the Naked Chef

Mozzrella mint peach salad
Mixed Leaf Salad with Mozzarella, Mint, Peach and Proscuitto

Filled with all the techniques and tips you'll need to become a pro in the kitchen, The Return of the Naked Chef contains a whole range of new and exciting recipes, delivered with boundless enthusiasm. Still in shock that the public had gone so crazy for his first book, Jamie pulled out all the stops to deliver more brilliant cooking and recipes that have become firm family favourites, although supermarket shopping would never be the same again.

Cook from the book: Try Jamie's recipe for Mixed Leaf Salad with Mozzarella, Mint, Peach and Proscuitto on The Happy Foodie

Happy Days with the Naked Chef

Broccoli Orecchiette
Broccoli Orecchiette

Happy Days with the Naked Chef has a sense of energy within each recipe in the book. Jamie shows readers that with just a little planning, it is possible to create meals that friends and families will talk about for years to come. Jamie travels, learns, simplifies and passes on his knowledge in this no-nonsense classic, packed full of flavour and fun. 

Cook from the book: Try Jamie's Broccoli Orecchiette on The Happy Foodie

Jamie's Kitchen

Chocolate clafoutis
Chocolate Clafoutis with Caramelized Oranges

For Jamie, Jamie's Kitchen was like a new beginning. Setting up his restaurant Fifteen, which focused on training young adults from some challenging backgrounds, inspired Jamie to use this book to show that anyone can learn to cook amazing food, based on simple principles and passion.

Cook from the book: Try Jamie's Chocolate Clafoutis with Caramelized Oranges on The Happy Foodie

Jamie's Dinners

Smoked trout
Smoked Trout, Horseradish and New Potato Salad

At this stage in Jamie's life, Jamie's Dinners, so much had happened, fast. Now a family man with a social conscience, learnt through opening his restaurant Fifteen, Jamie was working on his School Dinners project. This book is packed with a huge array of recipes, from very humble classics to exciting new flavours. 

Cook from the book: Try Jamie's Smoked Trout, Horseradish and New Potato Salad on The Happy Foodie

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