COOKUCINA- A RECIPE FOR DISASTER BLOG TOUR
AUTHOR: STEPHEN PHELPS
Welcome to my stop today for the blog tour for #Cookucina #ARecipefordisaster Thankyou so much to Racheal at Authourrite for inviting me onto the tour and for my copy.
A Recipe for Disaster is a cookbook, a travelogue and the companion to Cookucina, a six-part TV series available on Amazon Video, iTunes and Google Play – see http://www.cookucina.com . It’s also the entertaining journey of an Englishman struggling with the ups and downs of living in rural Italy. After giving up a successful career in television, Stephen found himself dragged back into a world he had happily given up when his neighbour, Lia, persuaded him to listen to her Big Idea – making a TV cookery series. But Lia speaks no English. And Stephen’s partner, Tam, can’t cook. So, much against Stephen’s better judgement, the three of them embarked on a six-part series set among the rolling hills of the little-known, but spectacularly beautiful, Italian region of Le Marche. In the Cookucina TV series Lia teaches Tam to cook alla Marchigiana, while Tam translates. A Recipe for Disaster follows their many encounters with the real Italy – a world away from the picture-book ideal of summer holidays in Tuscany. As the team try to construct a professional series with no funding they come to rely on the generosity of the Marchigiana people, while attempting to overcome the constant difficulties thrown up by those whose stubborn adherence to their age-old way of life is rooted in their beloved fields and woods. A Recipe for Disaster is a goldmine of simple yet delicious recipes, while peeling back the veneer of television professionalism and opening the door to a world of Italian surprise and delight. A Recipe for Disaster comes with unique access to Cookucina, the final six-part TV series, so you can see for yourself how the team cracked their problems and (just about) held it all together in a blistering heatwave. Experience this contradictory world of vendettas and kind hearts through the laughter and frustrations of Stephen and the team, as you follow A Recipe for Disaster slowly coming to its surprising fruition.
About the Author
I am a writer and former TV producer living in Le Marche, Italy. For the BBC and C4 in the United Kingdom, I produced Rough Justice, Watchdog and Dispatches. With an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia I write both books (The Tizard Mission, Before i Forget) and radio plays for the BBC. I also work on occasional major documentary series for Al Jazeera TV in Qatar, London and Washington DC.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the moment I started reading to the very end. Engaging, entertaining and interesting from the get go, I found that as a foodie this was perfect reading material for me and the fact that it was set in a beautiful region of lesser known Italy was an added bonus ( my favourite holiday destination)and really heightened the experience for me.
Stephens writing is warm
And engaging and gives a wonderful insight into the Italian life through an Englishmans eyes. The colourful descriptions of the culture,and the food were mouthwatering and as a foodie I literally devoured them all.
The book is wonderfully written I absolutely loved the style which I found very readable. It felt like a real treat and everytime I had to put it down I couldn’t wait until I could escape real life and slip back into this Italian adventure.
Peppered with recipes and rich in history, I found Cookucina educated me in a very informal way about the area where Stephen ans Tam had settled. I loved that Tam couldn’t Cook and Lia couldn’t speak English it made their endeavours againstall the odds to set up their cookery show all the more humourous and entertaining. Their journey from
idea to the fruition of their well recieve cookery show was a rollercoaster and watching them overcome adversity from the back of beyond and encountering obstacles that ultimately they overcome was a heartwarming and exciting one.
Original and fantastic, o am now desperate to watch their series and see the show that was bought to life as chronicled in this wonderful book.
If you love travelling, if you loved a year in Provence, if you love food and an engaging read, this is a must to add to your TBR like. Espacpism at its best!