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Recipes for Disaster Paperback – 1 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Safkhet Soul (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908208058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908208057
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,317,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite all the hype, and the genre, and the tags and the advertising... I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this book, and I certainly didn't expect a novel married with a cookery book. And yet... it works! It more than works, it's delicious.

So there's the love story between Lucy... sorry, Lisa and Adam. Adam, whose mother has a big issue with Lisa, whom she keeps calling--yes, you guessed it, Lucy. Potential mother-in-law does not approve of the relationship and things get messy when Lisa decides to impress Adam's mum by cooking. Except: she can't actually cook. Enter best friend Becky to the rescue! If that cast isn't enough to get you hooked, let's not forget Rambo, Lisa's little dog who has a very strong opinion and quite a big impact all by himself. Also Adam's wise-cracking parrot generates plenty of mirth throughout the novel.

In between instalments of this amazing love story, you get: yummy recipes skilfully woven into the plot. Recipes for Disaster is an unusual romance, and an unusual cookery book, but it serves both genres exceptionally well. The book is peppered (pardon the pun) with laugh-out-moments and the tension towards the end has you reading ever faster. The author has a fast, fluid and funny style that makes the novel--love story and recipes--a real treat, and I cannot wait to read more from this intriguing new talent.
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By Sophie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2014
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Recipes for Disaster was sweet, light-hearted entertainment. Lisa and Adam’s story, along with pets Rambo and Flint, was completely bonkers and very funny. Sheryl’s writing is really charming and the humour and ridiculous scenarios she threw her characters into really appealed to me. This book had me laughing the whole way through.

The concept of Recipes for Disaster is to combine fiction with some tasty sounding recipes. As the book revolves around the complete lack of culinary ability shared between Lisa and Adam, and their kitchen disasters, we’re given the actual recipes throughout the novel. Sadly recipes which don’t direct me into the kitchen and give me step-by-step directions on how to turn the oven on are beyond me but I do think for anyone half-decent in the kitchen, they’re a great addition to the book.

Character wise, I adored this book. Lisa was very chaotic and, bless her, a bit of a disaster at relationships, cooking and being calm, patient or positive…. But with this, she was so easy to like and I couldn’t help but root for her. Her relationship with her equally mad dog Rambo well represented the love and adoration people have for their pets and it was a sweet, if crazy, feature in the book. Adam was slightly calmer, though not much judging by some of the comments repeated by his parrot Flint. I must admit I was a little in love with Adam there but he only had eyes for the whirlwind that was Lisa. Not helped by his interfering mother, I loved seeing their rollercoaster of a relationship and I loved the dialogue throughout this book. With the added involvement of Becky, Ryan and Luke, Recipes for Disaster had a whole host of fab characters.
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When Lisa sets out to make a good impression on Adam by providing the food for his mother's golf do, one disaster strikes after another. What she hasn't told Adam or his dragon of a mother is that she's actually hopeless at cooking.

Will Lisa, helped out by her best friend, Becky, who's having her own relationship calamities, win through? This book, told from three different viewpoints (Lisa, Becky and Adam) was a delight to read and so funny. Not simply a romantic romp but the recipes Becky showed Lisa to cook are included throughout the text - a clever idea!
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I couldn't stop reading! The story is amazingly addictive and I can't wait to try the recipes that come with the story. I think it makes a great present for friends and family: story and recipes in one book! Amazing!
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This book is LITERALLY delicious! The recipes are well worth a try even if you aren't usually a dab hand in the kitchen - yes, I've tried one! I couldn't stop myself thinking that this book is a romantic comedy waiting to be turned into a TV sitcom. The characters are as zany as they come and you can't help but feel sorry for poor Adam - Lisa IS rather like a whirlwind and then there's his mother 'her Maj' ... But the person who really stole the show, and I have to say that the gorgeous Luke was a close second, was of course Rambo. Wonder dog, funny little guy and general all-round star! I laughed and you will too, it's mayhem at times but such a fun read. My favourite line? 'I braced myself and willed my traitorous eyes not to cry' - you're thinking, oh that's quite serious, well when you are riding the wave of love it's a rollercoaster and the lovely Lisa is taking that ride! Fun all the way, guaranteed to cheer up any rainy day.
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Being a bit long in the tooth for cavorting in the kitchen with a man in a pinny, I have to confess that Recipes for Disaster is not the sort of book that I would normally have picked. But thanks to Sheryl's light and easy writing style and massive sense of comedy it was just the thing to lighten a rainy Sunday afternoon. Without giving out any spoilers I was relieved that all Lisa's tribulations were not in vain. But I do hope for her and Adam's sake that she will go on to cure Rambo's little problem! A great and original idea to combine all those delicious recipes into the plot but not so great tempting me to nibble away whilst reading them. So thank you for a fun read but no thanks though, Sheryl, for all the extra calories I consumed along the way :)
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