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More Ketchup than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman Kindle Edition
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About the Author
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 Traveler and The Taipei Times.
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- Publication date : December 25, 2013
- File size : 1261 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Joe Cawley (December 25, 2013)
- ASIN : B004VFP47E
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,893 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With wit and consummate skill, Joe Cawley tells how he and his wife Faye left one job in Bolton food market for another running a restaurant-bar in a largely English tourist enclave on a beach in the sun. That it happens to be on the Canary island of Tenerife is less significant than the mind-boggling array of characters that their bar attracts: wanna-bees, hangers-on, spongers, free-loaders, leeches, felons, hoodlums, crooks, mobsters and hit-men. There’s also the occasional mob of dogs, cats and a universe of cockroaches who treat the restaurant as a freebie. When well-behaved customers make a reservation, sit quietly, order drinks, and expect value for money, they provide as much fodder for humour as the delinquents and, oddly, more ridicule.
Joe Cawley gets away with poking fun at absolutely everybody because he does it so well. He writes beautifully, captures significant moments and makes clear and incisive observations about both people and incidents. His stories are insightful and told with precisely the right words and phrases.
More Ketchup than Salsa is an enjoyable read. I learned enough about the stereotypical tourist enclave to research my vacation destinations very, very carefully. Most of all I appreciated Joe Cawley’s excellent writing and finished the book willing to read the next one.
Joe Cawley and his girlfriend, Joy, are tired of the cold and damp of their native Great Britain and their careers at the fish market... so when Joe's brother David announces he's bought a bar in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, they see this as their chance for a new life on sunnier shores. Not knowing a lick of Spanish or having the slightest idea on how to run a bar, they make the journey anyhow, only to find themselves in over their heads. As they struggle to clean up the cockroach-infested bar, learn how to actually cook food and mix drinks, and handle over-intoxicated customers and staff, they encounter a host of colorful locals, tourists, lowlifes, and government officials, and learn that life in paradise is far different than they thought... though maybe that isn't entirely a bad thing.
This appears to be Joe's first book, and the writing, to be honest, isn't stellar. The book drags in places and occasionally drifts off the topic at hand, and at times the writing can be fairly bland. But Joe makes up for it with a warm and self-depreciating sense of humor, a keen eye for what makes the characters that populate the island most entertaining, and a description of Tenerife that feels even-handed and realistic -- not glossing over the flaws in the culture and setting, but not magnifying them to grotesque dimensions either.
As an American who's never really understood or gotten into the "expat" life, there were times I felt a bit like an outsider looking in while reading this book. But it's still an entertaining read, and I greatly enjoyed Joe's account of his time in Tenerife. He's certainly lived through some interesting times, and told them with great humor. If you enjoy Bill Bryson or Tony James Slater's humorous travelogues, you'll most likely enjoy "More Ketchup Than Salsa" as well.
Top reviews from other countries
Although the author has a number of books about his experiences the writing isn’t great. Much of it feels contrived and unrealistic (particularly the ‘apartment raid’).
Yes, Brits on holiday in the sun. Not sure where the’ salsa’ bit came in...
This just isn’t in the same league as, say, Chris Stewart’s Driving Over Lemons.
If you find yourself sitting on a sunny beach looking at a"For Sale" sign hanging outside a bar and thinking "How hard can it be?" read this book and find out!