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Jamie Oliver joins Paula Deen and Guy Fieri for ‘unhealthiest cookbooks’ of 2011

January 03, 2012

 Jamie Oliver’s ‘Meals in Minutes’ has been called one of the unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011. — AFP pic Jamie Oliver’s ‘Meals in Minutes’ has been called one of the unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011. — AFP picNEW YORK, Jan 3 — Healthy eating crusader Jamie Oliver has been lambasted by a US physicians’ group for writing what they called one of the worst cookbooks of 2011.

Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes, released last fall, was criticised namely for its Meatball Sandwich recipe, which contains more fat than a Big Mac and more than double the calories, cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat, said the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The recipe calls for ground beef, pancetta, Jarlsberg cheese and ciabatta loaves.

It’s a harsh blow for the British chef and TV personality, who has been at the forefront of several aggressive campaigns and public policy movements pushing families to eat healthier meals, including series like Jamie’s School Dinners in the UK and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in the US.

Oliver’s offending meatball sandwich recipe has landed him in the company of known butter and fat-bomb recipe writers like Southern food matriarch Paula Deen, who makes no apologies for deep frying cheesecake, and meat-loving chef Guy Fieri.

A serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible contains 910 calories and 85gm of fat, while Guy Fieri Food’s Jambalaya Sandwich with bacon, Andouille and smoked sausages could help raise the risk of colon cancer, the group says.

Other nutritional offenders include The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook for their saturated fat-laden Bourbon Bread Pudding and The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook for focusing on meat-based recipes. — AFP-Relaxnews