British TV presenter James May may be best known for his vehicular shenanigans with shows like Top Gear and The Grand Tour, but now Captain Slow is leaving his garage and heading for the kitchen. Later this year, May will present a new seven-part series for Amazon Prime called Oh, Cook, which will see May explore the world of cooking in an effort to present delicious meals that even those with the dullest culinary skills can make. May’s debut tie-in cooking book Oh Cook! 60 Easy Recipes That Any Idiot Can Make will be published alongside the series.
Set to be published on 1st October, the book will accompany the Amazon Prime series and is described as “a foolproof manual packed with more than 60 easy recipes for even the most basic of home cooks”. The synopsis reads: “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.”
If you’re tired of pretentious cookbooks that deal with seemingly impossible standards, then this might be the book for you. As The Bookseller reports, speaking about the upcoming book, May said: “This is not a fantasy recipe book for food fetishists, full of soft-focus pictures of improbable art food. This is more of a workshop manual; a how-to guide for beginners that will become smeared with gravy and ketchup stains through constant service in the kitchen.”
Publisher Helen Lewis said: “From the moment this book was commissioned to run alongside the forthcoming TV series of the same name, James has worked tirelessly in his kitchen trying out lots of recipes and cooking methods in order to create the perfect version of his favourite dishes. Predictably, he has now become something of an expert, and his kitchen experimentations will enable his readers to cook delicious food at home.”