Friday, September 11, 2020

The Tiny Chef and Da Mishing Weshipee Blook

Somedays you just need a little something to make you smile, especially during these difficult days of COVID-19. Well today I have a charming audiobook to tell you about that even the cover will make you smile.

By Rachel Larsen, Adam Reid & Ozi Akturk
Narrated by RuPaul and the Tiny Chef
Listening Library
Audio Download ISBN: 9780593294666
Audio Library Download ISBN: 9780593294659

Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race creator and host RuPaul teamed up with Instagram’s Tiny Chef to narrate the audiobook of the Chef’s debut children’s book, THE TINY CHEF: AND DA MISHING WESHIPEE BLOOK, on sale September 15, 2020, from Listening Library.

The Tiny Chef is a tiny herbivore who cooks up tiny delicacies from his tiny kitchen for over 600,000 followers on his not-so-tiny cooking show – but when his recipe book goes missing, he has to get creative and come up with something new.

RuPaul and the Chef were introduced by mutual friend Kristen Bell.

Tiny Chef comments: “Moognesh me im shtill en blabsholute shock Wu wead da blook wif me. blits twuwy a dweam come twu and I can neber fank my fwend Kweesten Blell enuf fo makin et blappen."

RuPaul and the Chef spent an afternoon in the studio together and have included a number of their takes on this very special audiobook. This includes a reading with both RuPaul and the Chef, and a recording of the Chef reading all by himself. RuPaul also shares with the reader the Chef’s very own Blegaful Shew recipe – with help from the Chef himself, of course!

Here is a sample of this delightful audiobook for your listening pleasure.

Meet the Narrators
RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American actor, model, singer, songwriter, television personality and author. Since 2009, he has executive produced and hosted the reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, for which he received five Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. RuPaul is the most commercially successful drag queen of all time, and in 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

RuPaul was born and raised in San Diego, CA and later moved to Atlanta, GA to study performing arts. He settled in New York City where he became a popular fixture on the nightclub scene. RuPaul achieved international fame with the release of the single, "Supermodel (You Better Work)", which was included on his debut album Supermodel of the World (1993).

In 1995, he became the first spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, raising millions of dollars for the MAC AIDS Fund, becoming the first man to land a major cosmetics campaign.

In 1996, RuPaul landed a TV talk show on VH1, The RuPaul Show, taping over 100 episodes with co-host, Michelle Visage, while simultaneously co-hosting a morning drive radio show on WKTU, also with Visage. Currently, RuPaul hosts a weekly podcast, called “RuPaul: What’s The Tee?” with Michelle Visage.
As a recording artist, RuPaul has co-written and co-produced fifteen studio albums to date, including Foxy Lady (1996), Champion (2009), Glamazon (2011), Born Naked (2014), American (2017), and You’re a Winner Baby (2020).

RuPaul's Drag Race has produced twelve seasons to date and has inspired several spin-off series, including RuPaul's Drag Race: UK and RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. RuPaul was also featured as a host on the series Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, Good WorkGay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul, and as a judge for CBS global competition series, The World’s Best.

As an actor, RuPaul has appeared in over 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag including Crooklyn (1994), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Comedy Central series Broad City (2017), Netflix originals Girlboss (2017) and Grace & Frankie (2019), and the voice of Queen Chante in The Simpsons (2018). Most recently, RuPaul has teamed up with Michael Patrick King (Sex in the City, 2 Broke Girls) to produce Netflix original comedy series, AJ & The Queen, in which RuPaul also stars.

As an author, RuPaul has published three books: GuRu (Harper Collins, 2018), Workin' It! RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (Harper Collins, 2010), and Lettin' It All Hang Out (Hyperion Books, 1995).

RuPaul splits his time between New York, California and Wyoming. He is married to Australian rancher, Georges LeBar, who he met on the dance floor in 1994 at Limelight Disco in New York City.
About the Tiny Chef
From his humble garden tree stump, an herbivore named The Tiny Chef creates the world’s tiniest dishes for the world’s tiniest cooking show, @thetinychefshow.

There’s never a dull moment with The Chef as his spirit, charm and cleverness help him deal with the unpredictable nature of life in a tiny kitchen. More than anything, the Tiny Chef is always truly himself as he finds ingenious ways to work tiny.

The Tiny Chef believes that children should learn how to cook and is hopeful that kids watch his cooking program. In his free time The Chef enjoys playing endless games of Uno and he loves to play his tiny banjo.

About Listening Library
Since publishing its first audiobook in 1955, Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, Listening Library has grown into one of the biggest names in the youth audio industry, publishing bestselling authors like Mary Pope Osborne, Philip Pullman, Rick Riordan, Nic Stone, and Sabaa Tahir, and earning more than 450 ALSC and YALSA Audiobook Awards, 20 Odyssey Awards and Honors, 22 Audie® Awards, and two GRAMMY® Awards.

Listening Library’s list also includes audio recordings of classics like Dr. Seuss, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, and works by dozens of Newbery and Printz award-winning authors, including Jacqueline Woodson, Kate DiCamillo, and Christopher Paul Curtis. Random House Audio, Penguin Audio, Listening Library, and Books on Tape are imprints of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to the complete audio yet, but what I have listened to was a delight. I’m looking forward to hearing more of it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope today starts your weekend off to a good and safe adventure. Had you heard of The Tiny Chef before today?  


  1. Even the title makes me smile, and you are right, smiles never ever go astray.

  2. Hi Mason - sounds like so much fun ... and the thought of the options with the mix of recipes possible ... I hadn't heard of the Tiny Chef before ... lovely to think about - thanks ... Hilary

  3. Never heard of him. That's a lot of Instagram followers though!

  4. Oh, this does sound like a lot of fun, Mason! And as you say, it's a nice tonic. Thanks for sharing.


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