Cook the Book: Jamie at Home

20081229jamieathome.jpgWords by Michele Humes | If you're already a fan of Jamie Oliver's, you'll adore Jamie at Home, his most lavish book yet. If, however, his laddish, larger-than-life demeanor rubs you the wrong way, there's a chance you'll struggle to get through his latest offering. As delicious as Oliver's recipes sound (Indian carrot and crispy lamb salad, anyone?), they're all transcribed in his playful, relentlessly wordy voice--a voice that turns what might have been three lines' worth of basic instructions into a spoken word poem of two paragraphs.

If you can overlook a tone that borders on the twee, you'll find a really beautiful book, lushly illustrated and printed on weighty stock. The recipes are arranged by season and flanked with useful, inspiring guides to growing your own fruits and veggies. Even if you don't have your own little plot of land, the inventive, produce-driven dishes will send you scurrying to the nearest farmer's market.

Each chilly day this week, we'll be posting a hearty recipe from the "Winter" section of Jamie's seasonal recipe book, from Italian bread and cabbage soup and Welsh Rarebit "with attitude" to butternut squash muffins with frosty tops.

Win 'Jamie at Home'

Thanks to the good people at Hyperion, we are giving away five (5) copies of Jamie at Home. In the comments below, just share your favorite winter dish.

Contest will end and comments will close at 3 p.m. ET, Monday, January 5, 2009. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.