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May 25, 2012 12:21 PM

"Jamie's Meals in Minutes"

Have caught a few episodes of this Jamie Oliver show this past week, & am amazed at how many times he's actually called his show "30-Minute Meals" during the program. Am wondering how he can get away with this (or if he's just riding the cusp of getting away with it) since it seems blatantly copying Rachel Ray. Isn't his constant mentioning that his show is all about "30-minute meals" some sort of copyright infringement?

Just wondering, because he does seem to use the phrase a lot during the show.

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  1. Please American TV rips off every good UK and AU show there is. Cough cough Elementary.
    Is Evoo copyrighted or is it trademarked I get the two mixed up? not that anyone should use it.
    Pat Riley trademarked Three-peat so who knows.

    If a meal takes 30 minutes to cook how else can you say it? 3MM?

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    1. re: chris2269

      No need to get huffy. Personally I don't care one way or the other. Was just wondering about it since the legal eagles are usually so prissy about stuff like that.

    2. Hey - what channel is showing this?
      It is called 30 minute meals in the U.K. They must have changed the title for North American distribution because of the RR series.

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      1. re: EM23

        Ahhh - no wonder he says the phrase so often! Thanks! I was just wondering about it because over here, Rachel Ray's show - "30-Minute Meals" - is so popular, & the legal eagles are always so touchy about stuff like that.

        Here in the U.S. the show is called "Jamie's Meals in Minutes", & it's on several times a day (weekdays only, I believe) on the BBCAmerica channel.

        1. re: Bacardi1

          Thanks for alerting me that this is on now. I have the book, and like the look of it but haven't had a chance to cook from it yet. Would like to see a few eps of the show to see how he does it.

        2. re: EM23

          They changed it just for the US, not North America, as its also Jamie's 30 minute meals in Canada .

        3. Interestingly and unlike all of Oliver's other programmes in the UK, this was not shown at peak viewing times. There has subsequently been much criticism that the recipes are, in fact, difficult to achieve in the half hour. We've only tried one - we are both reasonably experienced home cooks and, with both of us cooking, didnt meet the time. There are quite a number of menus that we didnt feel sat together well and I suspect we won't cook another full menu, although there are some dishes that we might get round to trying. Still he managed to achieve an almost certain aim of making it our fastest selling non-fiction book ever.

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          1. re: Harters

            I think that many of the recipes can be achieved in 30 minutes once the kitchen is completely setup which takes time. He uses a food processor often and has all his equipment on the counter and ready before the 30 minutes begins. I don't have a food processor, but I have confidence that I could achieve many of the recipes near the 30 minutes time. At any rate, many of the recipes intrigue me and I don't really mind if they aren't exactly 30 minutes or not.

            1. re: Harters

              This is exactly the same complaint many folks have re: Rachel Ray's "30-Minute Meals" program (& accompanying cookbooks). That the recipes/times don't count in much of the setup/prep. Although I like many of Ms. Ray's recipes (although not the woman herself), I always count on an hour for each recipe, particularly since I'm never in a situation where I have to play "beat the clock".

              1. re: Bacardi1

                While Gourmet Today (a book I love) doesn't promise 30 minute meals, it does give timings that cheat a bit. For instance, instead of putting 1 onion in the list of ingredients, it will say 1 onion, chopped fine. You have enough already cut up ingredients in one recipe and the time it can take to make it can make a significant difference. Irritating, but with that book very much (for me) worth it.