Downton Abbey Withdrawal Symptoms? Talk on Cotswolds Film Locations

DOWNTON ABBEY Film Locations in the Cotswolds

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Author Diz White’s 
Talk and Book Signing (where and when below)

Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds

Creating the Perfect Cottage and
Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds

In her talk Diz White shows gorgeous video footage and photos of Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds. Also she relates amusing anecdotes of meeting the Downton cast and her adventures while writing
More Cotswolds Memoirs

This sequel finds the author on another fun-filled roller-coaster ride as she discovers Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds, explores their history and meets the cast during her bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage.

Diz White’s love note to the Cotswolds can be read independently, however the story began in her last book, Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage, when this British-born author’s roots pulled her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to England.

More Cotswolds Memoirs doubles as a travel-tour with pub walks, hog roasts and historic sites, and is also a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read. The author scrambles between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream and overcome all obstacles to achieve her goal – Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage.

Talk and Book Signing
More Cotswolds Memoirs
behind the Scenes at
DOWNTON ABBEY’S Film Locations in the Cotswolds
Diz will sign Cotswolds Memoirs and More Cotswolds Memoirs at three locations
Free Admission

MONDAY 28th MARCH at 7.30 p.m.
Distant Lands Bookstore
20 Raymond Ave, Pasadena, 91105
or
TUESDAY 29th MARCH at 7.00p.m.
Burbank Public Library
300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, 91505 

Wednesday 30th MARCH at 7.00p.m.
Chevaliers Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, 90004

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Press Release

AUTHOR AND ACTRESS DIZ WHITE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HER LATEST BOOK

 MORE COTSWOLDS MEMOIRS

Creating the Perfect Cottage and Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds
Available from Amazon and Fine Book Stores in April 2016.

This sequel finds the author on another fun-filled roller-coaster ride as she discovers Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds, explores their history and meets the cast during her bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage.

Diz White’s love note to the Cotswolds can be read independently, however the story began in her last book, Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage, when this British-born author’s roots pulled her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to England.

More Cotswolds Memoirs doubles as a travel-tour with pub walks, hog roasts and historic sites, and is also a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read.The author scrambles between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream and overcome all obstacles to achieve her goal – Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage.

  • Identifies Downton Abbey Cotswold film locations and explores their history
  • Gorgeous colour photos of Downton celebrities and Cotswold scenery
  • Laugh-out-loud Bill Bryson (Notes from a Small Island) style humour
  • Doubles as a Travel Tour of the Cotswolds
  • Extensive Visitor Guide included
  • Valuable Tips and Resource Guide for Cottage Buyers

“Diz White tells a great tale and along the way had me in stitches”
                                                                                                          Debbie McGee, BBC
“Diz paints a nostalgic and affectionate canvas …enchanting.”
                                                                                     Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

About Diz White:

British-born Diz White divides her time between Hollywood and the Cotswolds. Acting credits include Star Trek Next Generation and Bullshot (HandMade Films). Other books by this author: COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage (Larrabee Libraries) HAUNTED COTSWOLDS and HAUNTED CHELTENHAM (The History Press)

Details for More Cotswolds Memoirs:
A Paperback Original ISBN 978-0-9571162-4-5   Kindle: 978-0-9571162-5-2
More Cotswolds Memoirs published by Larrabee Libraries. A division of Larrabee Industries, Inc.

To review this book, request an interview and for all other press enquiries, please contact:

Katie: PublicityPromo@aol.com
More information online: www.dizwhite.com

New! Cotswolds Memoir is now available as an AudioBook in addition to Paperback and Kindle

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This book contains descriptions of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBC Universal International Limited.  Neither Ms Diz White nor Larrabee Industries, Inc. has any association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of, the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.

Hollywood Comes to the Camera-ready Cotswolds

Camera-Ready Cotswolds

Crumbs magazine interviewed me about my kitchen, in the camera-ready Cotswolds my book Cotswolds Memoir and its sequel which I am currently writing. Enlarged text of article (below).

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Cotswolds Memoir:
Now available in Paperback, Kindle and Audio Book

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Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain
on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage
(Larrabee Libraries)

A portion of the proceeds of every copy of this author’s book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage is donated to Cotswold conservation institutions. Available on

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Cotswolds Memoir Book Signing

Cotswolds memoir book signing is featured at Monsieur Marcel’s Gourmet French Market. Come join Diz White at the historic Los Angeles Farmers Market. She would love to meet you and discuss the Cotswolds as you snack on free strawberries and cream. This is a not-to-be-missed event that will be fun for the family. While you’re there feel free to browse the aisles of this gourmet French market. Strawberries and cream, a wonderful market and a chance to meet Diz-an actress, author and Cotswolds expert!

Join Diz White for a Cotswolds Memoir book signing

Cotswolds Memoir Book Signing

Diz White has written four books about the Cotswolds. If you’re planning a holiday to this beautiful region you’ll really want to chat with her first.

Lobster Bisque with Puff Pastry and Cotswolds Butter

 

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

This luscious lobster bisque is enhanced by using locally churned Cotswold Butter which is available at many Cotswold farmer’s markets. Below is the link to farmer’s markets in the region. This link and other useful foodie information appear in the Travel Guide of my book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. (Available on Amazon in Paperback, Kindle and Audio Book)

www.thecotswoldgateway.co.uk

Serves 4
Ingredients:

Bisque:
2 each 1¼ to 1½ lbs. live lobster
6 cups Water
2 cups Dry white wine
2 cups Fish stock
½ cup Melted butter, salted (Cotswold if possible)
1 cup Onions, finely diced
½ cup Carrots, finely diced
½ cup Celery, finely diced
1 tsp. Garlic, minced
½ cup All-purpose flour
¼ cup Cognac (or Brandy)
1½ cups Tomatoes, seeded and diced (fresh or canned)
1 tsp. Paprika
½ tsp. Thyme
¼ tsp. Ground red pepper
1 cup Heavy cream

Pastry:
Ready-made puff pastry
1 Cotswold egg
1 tbls cold water

Preparation:
1.Place the water, the white wine and the fish stock into a wide, deep pot (or a Dutch oven), and bring to a boil on high heat.
2.Place lobsters, topside down, in the broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered for approximately 6 minutes. With a pair of tongs, turn lobsters and cook covered for another 6 minutes.
3.Remove lobsters from broth and put them to the side. When the lobsters are cool enough to handle, begin removing the meat from the shell, dicing the pieces into ½-inch cubes. Store the lobster meat in the refrigerator until later. Place the lobster shells back into the broth, reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes.
4.Strain the broth through a sieve into a container and store in the refrigerator until later. Discard the lobster shells.
5.Put your pot (or Dutch oven) back on the stove under medium heat. Pour in the melted butter.
6.Once the butter is heated up, add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Sautee for 3 to 4 minutes.
7.Add the cognac (or brandy) and cook until the alcohol has evaporated.
8.Mix in the flour, stirring with a heavy gauge spatula or spoon until the mixture is blond in color and has a buttery aroma.
9.Mix the diced tomatoes, paprika, thyme and ground pepper with the cold broth from the refrigerator. Then, pour the broth slowly into the butter and vegetable mixture. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes under medium low heat, stirring frequently so not to burn.
10.Remove bisque from heat. Blend small amounts of bisque in blender and then puree. Puree all of the bisque and pour pureed bisque back into pot with remaining amount.
11.Add chopped lobster meat and heavy cream, heat and serve. If the soup is too thick, thin it by adding milk or water prior to serving.

Lobster Bisque

To add puff pastry:
Allow bisque to cool over night
Pre-heat oven to 350F/200C/180C fan/gas 6
Fill ramekins almost to the top with the cooled bisque (if filled to the
top, the bisque will wet the pastry and prevent it from rising)
Roll out a square of puff pastry to overlap the ramekin by an inch or so
Brush pastry with a mixture of egg beaten with a tbls of water
Place ramekins in oven for 20-30 minutes or until pastry is puffed up and browned

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New! Cotswolds Memoir is now available as an AudioBook in addition to Paperback and Kindle

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New! Cotswolds Memoir Audio Book

NEW! Audio Book
COTSWOLDS MEMOIR

Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain
on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage

 Click above to hear Award-winning Actress/Author-Diz White bring the Cotswolds
to vivid life as she performs over 70 characters 

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Co-Produced and Directed by EMMY AWARD WINNER Marsha Goodman

* Award-winning actress brings Cotswolds alive with Bill Bryson-style humour
* Downloadable Travel Guide- Visitors can use in their car on their travel tour
* Does for the Cotswolds what Under the Tuscan Sun did for Italy
* Donation to Cotswolds Conservation Organizations from book’s proceeds

 

The ultimate laugh-out-loud, good life, house-hunting, foodie, travel-tour, meet the eccentric locals, roller-coaster cliff hanger, fun memoir. A love note to the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful regions of England.

Although it might not seem as if buying a cottage would make for an exciting story, in this Audio Book, Diz has turned her journey into a fun-filled adventure. It all begins when this Award-winning comedy actress finds herself craving Yorkshire Pudding at every meal, knowing that her roots are pulling her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to her homeland in the UK. After a holiday in the Cotswolds, with her husband, Diz is hooked and the hunt is on to find her dream country cottage.

Diz’s experience as a top professional on-camera and voice actress, much in demand for Hollywood films and television, guarantees a charming read in her soft English accent for this Audio Book. During this entertaining tale she also captures the spirit of the Cotswolds in her uncannily accurate portrayals of the eccentric country characters she meets on her search for the perfect cottage.

Diz’s quest includes an exploration of the Cotswolds as she visits Roman settlements, Domesday Churches, archaeology digs, and enjoys river rambles, garden tours and pub hikes. Her roller-coaster journey leads to being charged by a bull named Chasin’ Mason, auditioning for the hind end of a horse and trampled by thirty children while wearing a bear suit. But the fondness she develops for this region and its vivid people gives her a feeling of community missing from her busy urban existence.
This memoir explores the author’s journey, through a combination of laugh-out-loud moments and cliff-hanging twists, to the satisfaction of a hard won prize. Join Diz in this five hour Audio Book as she draws the listener into her Cotswold bliss on a virtual trip to one of the most beautiful regions of the world.

British-born Diz White divides her time between an acting and writing career in Hollywood – credits include Voice – How to Train Your Dragon, Titanic, Friends, Boston Legal and many more On camera: Star Trek Next Generation, Bullshot (HandMade Films) – and the Cotswolds – her passion. She wrote Haunted Cotswolds (The History Press), Haunted Cheltenham (The History Press) and produced with her husband GHOSTS OF GREAT BRITAIN COLLECTION – Haunted Cotswolds DVD (Available on Amazon).

What the Press says about Cotswolds Memoir

“Diz White writes about the Cotswolds with such passion. Superb story telling.”

Debbie McGeeBBC

“It’s enchanting …very funny…..Diz White has written a book that paints a nostalgic and affectionate canvas.”

          Steven Leigh MorrisLos Angeles Weekly

“Extremely entertaining, funny and beautifully written”

Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life Magazine

“Wakes us up to the joys on our doorstep”

Sue Bradley, Gloucestershire Echo

Available on Amazon also as a Paperback Original and Kindle

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Cotswolds Memoir Book Signing and Talk with Slide Presentation and Video Clips at Distant Lands Bookstore

Cotswolds Memoir Book Signing

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Cotswolds Memoir book signing

20 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA

Monday, April 7th @ 7:30 P.M.

RSVP to 626 449 3220

British-born writer and comedy actress Diz White describes how she came to write her travel-humor book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. Amusing anecdotes about her roller-coaster search for a cottage, as she scrambled between Hollywood and Gloucestershire, are interwoven with a slide show of gorgeous pictures of this scenic region and video clips of little known historic treasures of off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds. Don’t miss this Cotswolds Memoir book signing.

In addition to being an author, Diz is also an accomplished actress and playwright with several of her plays constantly performed in the United States and around the world.

 

Cotswold New Born Calf with Wobbly Legs

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The first clue ….. one cow stayed back from the others who all moved off when they spotted the farmer in the next field putting out their feed.  But why? This herd usually stayed together but not this time.

I was watching this scene from my cottage in the Cotswolds – the one I describe in my book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. My land overlooks a meadow and I really enjoy watching the cows ripping at the grass and munching away. Somehow this is a very calming sight.

At first I thought this lone cow might be ailing in some way. Then I looked through my binoculars and realized that this lovely animal was giving birth.

Soon a gangly-legged calf appeared and Mama Cow licked her and fussed over her while my husband and I rushed to get a camera. When we returned this calf, born moments earlier, was learning to sit down for the very first time.

As you’ll see in the video, she hasn’t yet mastered her gangly legs, but with absolutely no help from her mum she achieves her goal and acknowledges her accomplishment with a nod of the head.

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Cotswold Cows in the Mist

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One early morning in the beautiful Cotswolds I made a cup of tea and took it into the conservatory where I was amazed to see a thick mist enveloping the field view. Instead of the usual couple of hundred yards of fields, trees and hedges I could see for only a few yards beyond the dry stone wall. As I sipped my hot tea the mist began to slowly swirl, making fantastic shapes as it curled around the edges of trees and gradually lifted a little off the ground. After a few more minutes a low moo heralded a cow, wreathed in mist, as it emerged in the field like a sepia painting in soft focus.

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Cotswold cows are among my favourite creatures and this one was enhanced even more by the soft focus treatment of this gently dissolving background.

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As more cows joined the first one Randy my husband grabbed his camera and was able to capture their images before the mist was dissolved by the warm sun. Eventually the day evolved into a glorious scorcher – perfect for a picnic on the river.

But I’ll never forget those magical, early morning moments when my lovely Cotswold cows appeared to be part of a Turner painting.

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Mint Tea Mojito with Cotswold Honey

Mint Mojito

Mojito

Diz’s  COTSWOLDS MEMOIR 

Mint Tea Mojito 

with COTSWOLD HONEY

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Pour 2 1/2 cups boiling water over
5 table spoons mint leaves (or a big handful)
Steep for ten minutes
Strain through a wire mesh strainer (not plastic)
into jug with a bunch of ice cubes on bottom
Throw away mint leaves
Stir 1/2 cup of rum (I used Bicardi white rum – could be dark rum)
1/2 cup Fresh lime juice and
1/4 to 1/2 cup runny COTSWOLD honey (preferably Acacia – or other)
according to taste
into mint tea mixture
Stir thoroughly to make honey distribution even
Pour mixture over ice cubes in glasses.
Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and lemon or lime wedges,
Cocktail Parasols, multi coloured straws and other cocktail decorations.
Take photo and send it to me – I am collecting them for my website
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