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A Recipe for Disaster: Cooking Up A Big Italian Idea

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A RECIPE FOR DISASTER is 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 finds himself dragged back into a world he had happily forsaken when his neighbor, Lia, persuades him to listen to her BIG IDEA – making a TV cookery series. But Lia speaks no English. And ...more
Published July 19th 2017 by Stephen Phelps
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Dash fan
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5☆ Simply Scrumptious!! A real Gem to read!

A Recipe For disaster was simply a joy to read. If you love Italian food, Italy and are looking for a book with a sprinkling of recipes with a difference then this is definitely one for you!
A story about Stephen, his wife Tam and their decision to create a Cookery TV show from nothing but passion, and determination!
Plus if you enjoy the book as much as i did don't forget that this is accompanied by the Actual Cooking TV Show! Links can be found on my
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Memoir: The filming of Cookucina in Sarnano, Le Marche, Italy

“Not-So-Famous 5 conquer the (cookery) world…..”

Stephen Phelps has done his stint in the TV industry and it is time to try something new. Like living in Le Marche, Italy, for example. He and his partner, Tam, head out to this beautiful but lesser known area of the country. But it is an area of earthquakes and he shares how the reverberations from the 2016 devastating event in Amatrice could very much be felt in Sarnano – a beautiful sm
Debra Schoenberger
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I began reading "A Recipe for Disaster".  Was it a cookbook?  A travel or food commentary?   It was a bit of both, really.

I had no idea how much work went into producing even the simplest TV / video segment.  Stephen as director (D), recounts the ups and downs (or should I say (the different degrees of how excessively hot it can get) of filming in different locations around the Italian countryside.  His description of different Italian towns, country setti
Donna Maguire

This is quite different from the books that I would normally read on a regular basis but I found it to be a refreshing change. I do enjoy non fiction books and I liked the description of this book as soon as I saw it so I was really keen to get started on it.

The book is honest, funny and brilliantly written - the recipes are nice and easy to follow and I thought that the whole concept was a great idea - and I'm definitely pleased that the author chose to p
Misfits farm
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
How hard can it be to make a TV programme when you are a producer/director? OK, do it in a different country, the “chef” doesn’t speak much, if any, English, you have no crew, no money and you don’t speak much of the lingo either and your target audience is English. You get the gist! This is written from the heart and is a wonderful , highly enjoyable read. There are some pictures (which explain a few things) and some recipes which are very appealing. an tempting. Think “Summer in Provence” but ...more
I love travelogues and cookbooks and true stories about people undertaking bold things. Under the Tuscan Sun and Peter Mayle’s Provence series are some of my favorite books in this genre. I read them, and I imagine leaving my cushy suburban lifestyle and relocating to Guadalajara, MX, or somewhere in Scotland.

Agreeing to read and review A Recipe for Disaster: Cooking Up a Big Italian Idea was obviously a no-brainer for me. I expected that I would enjoy Stephen Phelps’ story about living and cook
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like Stephen have little knowledge of Italy. Although, I have never been there. Reading this book, I felt like I was there with Stephen, Tam, and Lia. Plus, I learned some history about Italy. Book your passport as you travel Italy in a fun filled, yummy and funny journey in A Recipe for Disaster!

Instantly, I loved the way that Mr. Phelps wrote this book. He has an ease about him as a storyteller. His description of places and the foods he tasted were great. They had my mouth watering. Yet, I
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