The Handbook
The Handbook

In time of crisis there’s a few things that will steady the nerves, single malt whiskey or an inspiring Churchill speech, but more than anything a good old cookery show from Jamie Oliver. And so the hitherto Naked Chef is returning to our screens to help out Britain at this time of crisis, the Vera Lynn of cooking.

The show, Keep Cooking and Carry On, has come together in record time, even given the circumstances, and will focus on recipes you can make at home from a limited number of fresh products.

Fronted by an ever-reassuring Oliver, the first episode went out last night and showed us a range of half-hour recipes including a veggie chilli (make it in bulk and freeze), fresh pasta without a machine and a carbonara.

Going out each night this week, the recipes are on the Jamie Oliver website, and along with your daily Joe Wickes PE lesson and your daily dose of bad news from Boris Johnson it’s compelling and compulsory viewing.

Before the show went out Jamie Oliver commented ‘Cooking nutritious meals for yourself and your loved ones has never been more important… This show will be packed with easy and delicious recipes that the whole family can enjoy, plus loads of tips, tricks and hacks for simple swaps and ways you can make the recipes work with what you’ve got. Let’s big up those store cupboard and freezer faves and hero recipes you can take lots of ways’.

The programme is going out on Channel 4 at 5:30pm and 8:30pm, and the next episodes will be shown on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.