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More Ketchup than Salsa

More Ketchup than Salsa [Kindle Edition]

Joe Cawley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)

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Have you ever thought about making a new life abroad?

"Dreams can come true!"

"Fantastic, hilarious, painful. Completely un-put-downable. Probably the best book I have read this millenium!"

"If you buy one book this year... get this!"

"Brilliant book... very funny..."

"It was while holding aloft a not altogether pleasant-smelling mackerel that the decision was made. The March rain hammered on the rotting tin roof high above the market stall, where I had spent the last six months pushing out dubious trays of marine life at three for a fiver. After a two-week holiday in Tenerife, one of Spain's Canary Islands, Joy and I vowed that a life in fish giblets was not going to be our destiny and a life in the sun, was.

A complete lack of catering experience, zero business acumen and the sum of our vastly wealth barely reaching waist level of a ceramic pig did little to deter our enthusiasm. “Where do we sign?” we replied. And then the whole silly, sunny saga began..." Joe Cawley

When Joe and his girlfriend Joy decide to trade in their life on a cold Lancashire fish market to run a bar in the Tenerife sunshine, they anticipate a paradise of sea, sand and siestas. Little did they expect their foreign fantasy to turn out to be about as exotic as a wet Monday morning.

Amidst a host of eccentric locals, homesickness and the occasional cockroach infestation, pint-pulling novices Joe and Joy struggle with the expat culture and learn that, although the skies might be bluer, the grass is definitely not always greener.

An hilarious travelogue exposing the wild and wacky characters of an expat community in a familiar holiday destination, More Ketchup than Salsa is full of humor and is a must-read travel memoir for anybody who has ever dreamed about moving abroad, finding a job overseas or even momentarily flirted with the idea of 'doing a Shirley Valentine' in these trying economic times.

More Ketchup than Salsa - a funny travel memoir like no other!

  • "Dreams can come true"
  • "Great book! A real page-turning real life read!"
  • "A book full of laughter and tears."
  • "Joe's travel writing in itself is of a very high standard - descriptive, funny, observant."
  • " far the best book I have read in years"

˃˃˃ "One of those 'Just one more chapter then I'll turn the light out' books... before you know it the sun is rising! Couldn't put it down!"

About the Author

Joe Cawley is a freelance travel writer and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. He has written for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the New York Post and Conde Nast Traveler amongst many others.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 095724990X
  • Publisher: Joe Cawley (26 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VFP47E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Joe Cawley is an award-winning author and travel writer. He lives in the hills of Tenerife with his partner and children, a dog called Mouse and five chickens. He's realised he gets most sense out of the chickens.
His first book, More Ketchup than Salsa, was voted 'Best Travel Narrative' by the British Guild of Travel Writers.
Joe's work has been published in many national and international publications including The Sunday Times, New York Post, Conde Nast Traveller and Taipei Times.
Joe also writes children's books under the pen name Jonty Cook.

Follow Joe on twitter - @theWorldofJoe

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True to life 1 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book that portrays Tenerife in a tourist resort in the 1990's. The story shows how two couples struggle to make a go of a bar in the outskirts of the tourist centre.
I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of moving to Spain to open a bar as it portrays more then the paperwork required. It charts their up and down struggle to adapt to living awa form home.
It is funny and sad in places and I really enjoyed it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams can come true 6 Aug 2006
If you're going on holiday to Tenerife,or have been,or in fact if you've ever dreamt of living and working abroad...I'd highly recommend this book.Joe Cawley writes with such a wry sense of humour. I had tears of laughter running down my face and laughed out loud from start to finish. I just could not put it down.

I enjoyed reading about all the things that I was familiar with on Tenerife and that together with Joe Cawley's hilarious descriptions of the characters and situations helped to cheer up some wet,dreary days in the U.K.

Had it confirmed that dreams can come true....depending on how you look at things,I suppose...So long as you're willing to put in the long hours and extremely hard graft and also accept the emotional/financial consequences, and perhaps be able to laugh,eventually, at the not so good experiences.

Look forward to the sequel and anyhting else that may come out of this fantastic book...Film,T.V.etc.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Ketchup Than Salsa 6 Aug 2006
Brilliant read,type of book you want to read in one session.Be prepared to laugh out loud,you just can't help yourself.

A must for anyone thinking of going to work in Tenerife.

Can't wait for the sequel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 6 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I would thoroughly recommend this book if you enjoy a good laugh and an insight into the ups and downs of leaving Britain to live and work on a paradise island. Joe Cawley describes the challenges of running a bar in Tenerife whilst telling hilarious anecdotes about the British ex-pats and holiday makers. This book brightened up a cold Scottish winter and I can't wait for a sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ketchup Beats Salsa Anyday 27 July 2006
After hearing about this book on a tenerife web site I decided to order it from you.

I'm so glad I did cause it just took be straight back to tenerife with all the desciptions of things and it was really interesting to read about all the dificulties of running a business in Tenerife. I can't wait for the next book to see how Joe and everyone gets on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful holiday read for any weather. It will augment a sunny vacation or warm you on a wintry break. Witty descriptions and a clever pace which brought me to the end too quickly. Hoping there will be a follow up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Ketchup than Salsa 18 Aug 2014
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I'd had this book on my kindle for a while, not quite wanting to read it, but as soon as I started it, I was hooked.

Joe Cawley is a good raconteur and I loved their naivety as they set off to run the restaurant in Tenerife without too much thought.

I was feeling the intense heat and their exhaustion as I was reading and I really enjoyed this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hola lotta fun 31 Mar 2013
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I don't fancy a drink or especially anything to eat in your bar, Mr Cawley but found your book very entertaining. I like your style of writing and enjoyed reading of your trials and tribulations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend buying them both together
This matches the quality of the first book. I recommend buying them both together.
Published 5 days ago by Mrs Jennifer Mcque
5.0 out of 5 stars You can never have too much ketchup...
I got this book on kindle to read on holiday and enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel and read it straight after finishing this one. Read more
Published 6 days ago by David Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's an enjoyable read
Published 8 days ago by Rachel Middleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Not "hilarious" or "laugh out funny" as some of the reviews suggest however a very enjoyable story none the less, especially for anyone contemplating opening a bar... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Minimoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read.
Thank you. Easy read.
Published 12 days ago by Mrs K A Dalton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 15 days ago by molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and funny read!
I read this whilst on holiday in the Canary Islands myself and found it really hard to put down. I laughed out loud several times at the hilarious anecdotes and groaned out loud... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Louise Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 25 days ago by Clive Westfield
4.0 out of 5 stars A great light-hearted read, but not for those offended by expletives.
I did indeed chuckle out loud in several places! The book is cleverly written, witty and funny; the little Spanish touches will probably appeal more to those expats living in Spain... Read more
Published 26 days ago by J. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining read
You've got to admire anyone who grabs the spirit of adventure with both hands and ventures into the complete and utter unknown. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ed's Mum
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