Tuesday 12 August 2014

Review ~ Recipes for Disaster by Sheryl Browne.

Title: Recipes for Disaster.
Author: Sheryl Browne.
Publisher: Safkhet.
Genre: Romantic Comedy.
Release Date: January 24, 2012.
Source: Bought.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK

She's a single. He's a widower. She wants him. He wants her. She wants to impress. So does he. There's just one catch – she can't cook.

To get him, she needs to get past the big fish – his mother. Lucky her, she's got an Ace up her sleeve and all she's got to do is impress this one time. Bad luck, though, her new guy can't cook either, her dog Rambo is on the loose and now they've got to pull off the big lunch at the club.

Will it be a match made in heaven? Will they be able to pull off a culinary miracle? Will their combined efforts result in love at first bite? Or is it simply a Recipe for Disaster?

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.

Sheryl’s witty writing style is perfect for a romantic comedy and really adds plenty of character and life to the story. I couldn’t help but smile at all the people and drama she packed in to this short novel and if you’re a romance or food lover, (who isn’t?), I’d definitely recommend you check out Recipes for Disaster.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK


  1. Ohhhh, Sophie! What a fabulously lovely review! I was reading through the book the other day (not that I spend my day reading my own books! I was looking for a quote) and I must admit I did chuckle myself when Flint imitated the washing machine on fast spin. THANK you so much, Sophie. You totally got it! Thrilled to bits. :) xxx

    1. Ah Flint was such a star! I loved him being a *slight* nuisance and all his comments! You're very welcome :) xxx


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