Over the weekend, I attended a party. Before you think how unusual, I thought Facing 50 was a hermit, it was a virtual party. (I am a hermit. I am far too busy online to go out into the real world.) The party was to celebrate the launch of So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? The latest book by Caroline James, a fellow ThornBerry author. Hubby allowed me internet access for the day in the hope I’d gain some culinary knowledge and make him some food. Fat chance. I spent most of the day enjoying photos and contest on Facebook with fellow Caroline fans.
Anyway, at one point we were invited to share our favourite fish recipes and, being somewhat challenged in the cookery department, I chose fish fingers with ketchup. I told Hubby who harrumphed and advised me to suggest his favourite fish dish Coquilles St Jacques. Well, to cut a long story short, I/He won and today I received my parcel of goodies.
Caroline sent me a beautifully wrapped parcel in pink paper and bows. I thought Christmas had arrived early. Inside was one of her fantastic book bags that I coveted the moment I saw them on her launch page, some stylish postcards and another mini parcel containing home-made brownies! Needless to say, I barely had time to take this photo before Hubby appeared, swooped on the brownies and made off with them. He has since declared them the best he has tasted.
I tell you all this, not just to crow about my win but to send you headed in Caroline’s direction because not only can she make wicked brownies, she can write a cracking good story. Since the launch I have read several comments by reviewers raving about her book. I have only read the first few pages and I am hooked. So, here’s a little about it. Judge for yourselves, but if it is anything like her bag, her postcards and her brownies…it will be perfect!
So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef?
An aging rock star fresh from rehab, and a Sloane Ranger food writer who gets her own TV show…
Bring to the boil…
At a Gourmet Food Festival, in Ireland, where anything goes!
When media agent Hilary Hargreaves travels to Ireland to look at a campaign for a new cookery school, she meets a blast from her past – the romantic but feckless chef Mickey Lloyd, who is hell-bent on resurrecting his flagging career. Her tough demeanour is rocked as it becomes apparent Mickey’s intentions involve more than a stint behind a stove in his quest to pursue her. But as plans for the school gain momentum, she realises that she’s developing more than a passing interest in reformed alcoholic Long Tom Hendry, who owns the crumbling old mansion where the school will be homed. Hilary has many ingredients to juggle with her demanding client list – which looks set to boil over if she doesn’t keep control. From London’s bustling Soho, to Southern Ireland and the sunny shores of the Caribbean, has Hilary got too much on her plate and is she really prepared to risk it all for love?
“A fabulous story, it made me shriek with laughter and I loved every twist and turn! One of my favourite current reads…” Valentina Harris, Author, Chef & International Cookery School Host.