Michael Joseph issues 20th anniversary edition of The Naked Chef

Michael Joseph issues 20th anniversary edition of The Naked Chef

Jamie Oliver’s first cookbook celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and Michael Joseph is reissuing The Naked Chef along with a raft of the celebrity chef’s other works to mark the occasion.

The Naked Chef, along with The Return of The Naked ChefHappy Days with the Naked Chef, Jamie's Dinners and Jamie's Kitchen are being reissued as Penguin Modern Cookery Classics. They will be published in hardback on 11th April in a new livery, and are the first cookery books to be reissued with these iconic covers.

Priced at £26, The Naked Chef will feature a new introduction from Oliver. Michael Joseph said: “Selling over three million copies in 25 languages, the book and its author unquestionably made an impact on the cultural landscape of 1999.” According to Neilsen BookScan data, The Naked Chef sold 681,223 copies in the UK alone. 

Oliver said: “Looking back, the success of The Naked Chef blows my mind. When I flick through this book, and hear my youthful voice I feel like a very different person – life was simpler! But on the other hand I immediately recognise the same fire that has driven me from day one. The recipes seem to have withstood the test of time – I hope you love them and cherish them as much as I do.”

PRH c.e.o. Tom Weldon said: “When I first met Jamie back in 1997, and we published The Naked Chef together (in 1999), I quickly realised he was someone special. Jamie’s dedication to his books saw him sitting on the floor editing recipes and selecting photographs at all times of the day and night and I am convinced his involvement in every detail of his books, and his interest in the publishing process, comes – in part - from the time he spent in the Penguin offices in the early years. Jamie’s creativity, energy and drive continue to inspire me and we are looking forward to the future and the excitement that new projects from Jamie always bring us.”