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Oh Cook!

One man's quest for the perfect meal

James May



ISBN: 9781911663157

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 1 October 2020

Category: Cookery

‘The silent millions of reluctant home chefs have been waiting for decades for Oh Cook! the cookbook that, finally, drives a blunt meat skewer through the burgeoning pseudo-intellectualism of foodie media.’ – James May

Oh Cook! is a fool-proof manual packed with more than 60 delicious recipes for even the most basic of home cooks. In this TV tie-in, James May, star of Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour and Our Man in Japan, seeks to unpack the mysteries of cooking, unearthing the secrets behind the perfect poached egg, smooth custard and how to impress your friends and family with a Sunday roast and all the trimmings.

Taking readers on a culinary tour (around his kitchen), James builds upon his cookery skills, recreating dishes from his travels as well as rediscovering some nostalgic childhood favourites along the way.

Chapters include:
Pub Grub
Curry Night
Asian Fusion
The Great Outdoors
Spongey Things

With Storecupboard Saviours (for when the fridge is empty), which includes recipes for his beloved Spam, as well as hints and tips, James May is here to prove that really anyone can cook. On his journey to becoming a more accomplished home cook, he makes use of his favourite trusted gadgets and ingredients and through some traditional trial and error so that you can avoid all the common pit falls at home.

Oh Cook! is the trusty companion for anyone seeking to gain confidence in the kitchen and arm themselves with some tried and tested recipes all created and tweaked by James. Come for the Spotted Dick but stay for the Lamb Keema…


James was one-third of one of the most successful television programmes of  all time – BBCs Top Gear and he now co-hosts The Grand Tour on Amazon. He has presented many solo projects on television – Toy Stories, BBC2s six-part series with annual updates, ‘James Mays Man Lab’ which ran for three series, ‘James Mays Cars of the People’ and, most recently, Our Man in Japan on Amazon Prime. 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. Oh Cook!’ is Jamess first foray into cooking.