Just because Jamie Oliver has his own magazine that sells on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, that doesn’t mean he knows what it contains. During an interview with The Independent, the star claimed he has never read a book because he is dyslexic.
The Huffington Post explains that dyslexia has not prevented other notable writers from penning prominent works:
“Dyslexia is rough on would-be readers, but it sure didn’t stop Hans Christian Andersen, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Butler Yeats — who all allegedly suffered from the disorder — from writing classic pieces of literature, and, presumably, reading up a storm.”
The thirty-seven year old chef is well-known for his television programs which appear in forty countries. However, blaming dyslexia for not ever reading a book seems a bit far-fetched.
From the interview:
“A book that changed me… I’ve never read a book in my life, which I know sounds incredibly ignorant but I’m dyslexic and I get bored easily. The one book I nearly finished was Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. But then the author came to Britain and didn’t stop slagging me off for five years. So on principle I threw it on the fire. He’s since apologised and we’ve made up. I should probably read the rest now.”
So, rather than focusing on the disorder, perhaps Oliver should be focusing a bit more on the laziness. In this same interview he reveals he left school at the young age of sixteen to train at Westminster Catering College before spending three and a half years working at River Café. During that period of time, it’s hard to imagine that not one single book was ever read by the famed chef. This is the chef’s reality nonetheless.