A RECIPE FOR DISASTER BLOG TOUR and AMAZING GIVEAWAY – You HAVE to check out this unique book – A great story that includes delicious recipes to indulge yourself.




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 – Visit their website: www.cookucina.com 

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.



Stephen Phelps was educated at Oxford University. He began working with BBC Radio, moving to BBC TV where he launched Watchdog and produced the investigative legal series Rough Justice. In Hong Kong for BBC World Service Television Stephen oversaw the start of BBC World. 

Stephen then spent twelve years running his 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 he has been working as a consultant for Aljazeera English on major documentary projects.

In 2002 Stephen took an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His writing credits include many plays for BBC Radio, most recently 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 (which is now available on Amazon Video, Google Play and iTunes.)

As if all of the above was not enough, Stephen has several other books and three screenplays currently in development.

To learn more about this author visit the following links: 






GIVEAWAY (Open Internationally)

Win Biscotti artigianale
Local honey
3 x DVD of the Cookucina series
Plus a signed copy of A Recipe For Disaster



Want to experience this book in a special way? Try this recipe at home: 


  • 400g. Nutella

  • 400g. whipped cream

  • 4 savoy biscuits

  • a cup of strong black coffee

1. Gently mix together the whipped cream and the hazelnut cream. 

2. Line a deep mold with clingfilm. Pour the mixture into the mould and smooth flat. 

3. Dip the biscuits briefly into the coffee, and cover the mixture with a single layer of biscuits. 

4. Place in the freezer for a minimum of 40 mins.


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