Excerpt: “Anyone Feed Phil the Ebook” by Phil Rosenthal

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In his upcoming journey diary and cookbook, Phil Rosenthal, star of the hit Netflix collection “Anyone Feed Phil,” and beforehand the showrunner of the long-running sitcom “Everyone Loves Ray,” writes how its star, Ray Romano, impressed his meals and journey present.Learn an excerpt beneath, and do not miss Dr. Jon LaPook’s interview with Phil Rosenthal and Ray Romano on “CBS Sunday Morning” Might 8!

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One individual’s life I wished to alter by journey was my good pal Ray Romano. I requested him the place he was going after we had been on hiatus after the primary season of Everyone Loves Raymond. He mentioned, “We all the time go to the Jersey Shore.” I instructed him that was nice, however had he ever been to Europe? “Nah.” I requested him why not, and he mentioned, “I am not likely curious about different cultures.” I could not perceive how somebody might really feel that means. Not even Italy? Ray’s household was Italian. I knew immediately it was a narrative I wished to inform on Raymond, do an episode set in Italy and ship his character, Ray Barone, over there, this man who does not need to journey. He’d come again as Italian as Roberto Benigni, or me, somebody who’s been remodeled by the magic of journey – the meals, the individuals, the sweetness, particularly of Italy.

So after a number of convincing, we obtained Raymond on a aircraft and filmed the episode in Rome and outdoors the town in slightly city known as Anguillara Sabazia on the Lago di Bracciano, the lake there. After taking pictures one evening, Ray and I, together with thirty members of the forged and crew, ate at an enormous desk in the midst of the piazza in Trastevere, the outdated Jewish ghetto in Rome. Ray noticed a gelato retailer within the nook of the plaza and mentioned, “We’ll most likely get dessert right here, however we should always get gelato after, proper?” As he and I had been having fun with our second dessert of the evening, he noticed a pizza place and mentioned we then needed to strive that. Then he noticed one other gelato place and mentioned, “One of the best combo is coconut and chocolate. Should not we strive that right here, too?” I noticed what occurred to the character that I wrote really occurring to Ray the Particular person. And watching my pal expertise the fun of journey for the primary time was pretty much as good as doing it myself. I really bear in mind pondering, “If solely I might do that for different individuals.”So after Raymond ended, and a number of other futile makes an attempt to do one other sitcom, I made a decision to pursue my dream. And you recognize what? No person wished it. “Why are you doing this? Follow sitcoms” is one thing I might hear from everybody, together with my brokers and my dad and mom. However I saved making an attempt for years. I wished to make use of all the things I realized about the right way to inform a narrative within the service of all the things I liked in life: Household, Pals, Meals, Journey, and Laughs.

Lastly, the good individuals at PBS noticed some clips I had product of some journey movies and appreciated them, and I obtained a gathering. Here is how I pitched the present: I mentioned, “I am precisely like Anthony Bourdain, if he was afraid of all the things.”After the assembly, I known as Richard. I instructed him that PBS was giving me six episodes on the air the place I might attempt to get you to journey by exhibiting you the most effective locations on the planet to eat. He mentioned, “Actually? What are they going to name the present? The Fortunate Bastard?” I instructed him to give up his job (he was already a TV producer) and are available produce this present with me, and we’ll name our manufacturing firm Fortunate Bastards. We obtained Zero Level Zero (the manufacturing firm that did Anthony Bourdain’s reveals) to affix us, and that present turned I will Have What Phil’s Having.We introduced my dad and mom into every episode, they usually have all the time been not simply supportive and improbable however a fantastic supply of comedian materials. You may see their debut in my 2011 documentary about my journey to Russia to attempt to assist them flip our sitcom into Everyone Loves Kostya. It is known as Exporting Raymond. And what you see on these video calls to my people is admittedly how they’re. I noticed these calls dwelling are the trendy day equal of a postcard from wherever you are touring. And we realized they’re comedian geniuses on digital camera. My mother was a whole pure and completely hysterical. (In contrast to Dad, she by no means wished to be on TV, however later, she did get pleasure from individuals recognizing her. I liked that.) Then we had Dad together with his jokes. He had accomplished some stand-up right here and there when he was youthful. He all the time amazed me, as a result of he did get very nervous going up there, however then he owned the stage. He had collected a number of jokes through the years, however because the collection went on, Monica would inform me that Dad would go to the Web and search for outdated Jewish jokes earlier than I known as. He wished to ensure he had the joke proper in order that it appeared to the viewers as if he simply occurred to recollect it. The dynamic of the 2 of them collectively, my mother and pop, first on IHWPH and on our first 4 seasons of Netflix’s Anyone Feed Phil, was unbelievable. They’re simply as humorous on this collection, being themselves, because the actors who portrayed variations of them in Raymond had been on the sitcom. They weren’t simply the most effective a part of the present, they had been among the best components of my life. This e-book, like all the things else I am fortunate to do due to them, is devoted to them, Max and Helen Rosenthal.It is also devoted to the remainder of my household: Monica, Ben, and Lily, Richard and his household, Monica’s household, and my prolonged household: our crew and manufacturing workers, all of the cooks and buddies we have made, and all of you, who ought to actually be dropping this e-book nearly now.

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