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Saturday, November 4, 2017

RRR SPOTLIGHT: Cookucina: A Recipe for Disaster by Stephen Phelps - RECIPE + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're joining a Rachel's Random Resources blog tour already in progress starring a unique and TASTY combination to satisfy the reader and eater in you!  It's a work that takes the idea of a cookbook a few steps further as those recipes are mashed together with a travelogue and ultimately serve as the piece de resistance companion to the TV series Cookucina!  Pretty nifty, right?  Right!  So, let's get to the spotlight and take it from there, shall we?  Ready, set, READ!

Cookucina:  A Recipe for Disaster
Stephen Phelps

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 .

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.





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As if that wasn't enough to wet your taste buds, we've got an extra dose of bloggy fun for you!  A special recipe from the work itself  that's definitely new to me and sounds pretty good.  The beauty of it is you don't have to take my word for it because HERE IT IS for you to try all on your own!



360 g. of dry pasta

half an onion
2 sausages
200g. of ricotta cheese
some saffron
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese
extra virgin olive oil

Chop the onion and soften them in a little oil. Chop the sausage roughly. Add it to the onion and sauté for a few minutes. Remove from the heat, then add the ricotta cheese and a little salt and pepper to taste. Dissolve the saffron in a little stock or the water you used to cook the pasta. Add it to the sausage, combine the mixture with the pasta (cooked al dente and drained). Sprinkle with parmesan before serving.


About author Stephen Phelps...

Educated at Oxford University, I began working with BBC Radio, moving to BBC TV where I launched Watchdog and produced the investigative legal series Rough Justice. In Hong Kong for BBC World Service Television I oversaw the start of BBC World. I then spent twelve years running my own TV production company, Just Television, specialising in investigative programmes in the field of law, justice and policing. In particular, Trial and Error for Channel 4 which exposed and investigated major miscarriages of justice, winning the Royal Television Society’s inaugural Specialist Journalism Award in 1999. Recently I have been working as a consultant for Aljazeera English on major documentary projects. 

In 2002 I took an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Writing credits include many plays for BBC Radio, my most recent being a drama documentary for the 30th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster. Books: The Tizard Mission published by Westholme Publishing in the United States, tells the extraordinary story of how Britain’s top scientists travelled in secret to America in the autumn of 1940 to give away all their wartime secrets to secure US support in WWII. A Recipe for Disaster is a book about living in Italy while trying to make a TV cookery series, Cookucina (now available on Amazon Video, Google Play and iTunes.

I have several other books and three screenplays in development.



Special thanks to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this promotion to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!  Be sure to stop by the other sites on the tour for more fun than you can shake a spoon at.


Up for grabs...
...a fabu prize pack including...

...biscotti artigianale
...local honey
...3 x DVD of the Cookucina series a signed copy of A Recipe For Disaster 

Open INTERNATIONALLY...ends 11/09/17!


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Unknown said...

Thanks very much for joining our Tour. Glad you enjoyed A Recipe... Stephen

traveler said...

This is very special. Wonderful.

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