Jamie Oliver is a British chef best known for his television series “The Naked Chef” and for campaigning for healthier diets in school children. In his latest cookbook Together (Flatiron, 2021), a joyous celebration of incredible food to share at casual gatherings, family meals and the holidays, Oliver’s aim is to minimize your time in the kitchen so you can maximize the time you spend with your guests.
Jamie Oliver’s Tender Sticky Eggplants
1. When it comes to timing for a meal, I recommend deciding on the time you want to eat, then working backwards and making a plan of what needs to be done. If you can delegate some jobs, too, that’s always a bonus.
2. My five everyday pantry staples are: olive oil for cooking; extra-virgin olive oil for dressing and finishing dishes; red wine vinegar as a good all-rounder when it comes to acidity and balancing marinades, sauces and dressings; and sea salt and black pepper for seasoning.
3. A giant stuffed Portobello mushroom instead of salmon is a thing of joy.