The Cook of Castamar Review

Cross-class romantic relationships are one of the basic narratives with the romance genre. The key for success is for the narrative to stand out from the pack.

The Cook of Castamar premiered recently on Netflix. Based on the book of the same name by Fernando Muñez, it is the story of unlikely love. In the early 18th century, Diego de Castamar, Duke of Castamar (Roberto Enriquez) is a widowed aristocrat who lost his pregnant wife when her horse threw her over. Spending nearly two years grieving her unexpected death, he is brought back to life by the exquisite meals of his new cook, who he starts to fall for. Clara Belmonte (Michelle Jenner) has a talent for creating food that memories are made of. She is also agoraphobic and still reeling from her father’s execution. It is an attraction that neither saw coming.

The concept this series was impossible to ignore. I loved the idea of court intrigue, sex used as a tool to gain or maintain power, and a blossoming love that is not exactly welcomed. I also appreciated that the extra narrative layer created by the female lead’s mental illness. It is rarely seen in this genre. Unfortunately, it did not live up to it’s promise. I was waiting for a Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester spark which never materialized. After watching a few episodes, I gave up. The slow burn was too slow for me.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

The Cook of Castamar is available for streaming on Netflix.


Author: Writergurlny

I am Brooklyn, NY born and raised writer who needs writing to find sanity in an insane world. To quote Charlotte Bronte: “I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.”

One thought on “The Cook of Castamar Review”

  1. Unfortunately, we live in a world where everything must be fast-paced to keep our attention. In one of Joe Rogan’s comedic performances, he says, “Slow your roll […]” Though the context of his statement differs, the action should be the same in the case of this series. Sometimes we need to slow it down.

    La Cocinera de Castamar is an extraordinary period piece for those who patiently allow the drama to unfold, lovers of Baroque, Classical music, history, and romance.
    It is a well-written piece for the time. It further is an expression that suggests “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” 😊 True!

    I watched it several times to capture the essence of the music, which I love, the narration, and the developing forbidden love between Lord Diego of Castamar and Clara Belmonte, and how each pursues their goal. In the end, love and the unspoken place in which both Diego and Clara choose to dwell emotionally, physically, and intellectually together enthralled my spirit for love at all cost. Loretta Holkmann- Reid


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