Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Must Have for Cookbook Lovers -- Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from 8 Innkeepers of Notable Bed & Breakfasts Across the U.S. (Review) -

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Before I had kids, my husband and I used to love traveling and staying at bed and breakfasts and inns all around the East Coast, especially ones in quaint New England towns.  Not only were the rooms comfy and cozy, but we loved waiting to a hearty breakfast, cooked by some amazing home chefs.  I love to cook and bake, so I always found myself lingering at the dining room table to talk with the hosts and using getting recipes to many of the dishes they had prepared and shared during our stay, as well as others that were their favorites.  Over time, I had a nice collection of inn recipes that I had acquired during our travels, and I would spend time in the kitchen trying to recreate some of these tasty dishes, for my husband and I to enjoy.  

When the girls arrived, we stopped traveling like we used to, as it was just to hard to travel with little ones, and we didn't want to worry about finding childcare for the girls for a weekend getaway.  Even though we don't travel like we used to, I still find time, usually on the weekends, to get in the kitchen to whip together hearty breakfast and brunch dishes to serve to my family.  I love testing my husband to see if he can recall where we enjoyed a particular dish.  He is not that good at recalling the dishes, but after I tell him, we spend time sitting at the table reminiscing about our travels and sharing memories with our girls.  Hopefully in the future, we will be able to bring our girls to some of these inns to stay, so that, they too, can enjoy all these tasty dishes from innkeepers who cook like professional/restaurant chefs and bakers.   I have told friends and family over the years that the best food I have tasted have been from many of the inns and bed and breakfasts I have visited over the years.  And, if they were looking for a true culinary experience, or a foodie trip, to stay at an inn and enjoy true home cooking.

So, when I saw the "8 Broads in the Kitchen - Breakfast & Brunch Recipes" cookbook on the IPG website a few weeks ago, I had to reach out to the publisher to get my hands on a review copy.  While I wanted an excuse to get in the kitchen more, I also wanted to check out the different recipes and learn where they came, hoping maybe some of the features innkeepers and bed and breakfasts were ones my husband and I have visited in the past. When I received this cookbook the other day, I read it cover to cover like I do with all cookbooks I receive or buy.  Even though I did not know any of the cooks featured, I was happy to see that the innkeeper at the Birchwood in Lenox, MA was featured, as I grew up in MA, and have always wanted to stay in an inn in Lenox, MA, and this particular bed and breakfast has been on my wish list of places to stay. :-)  I loved checking out Ellen Gutman Chenaux's recipes, including her spinach brownies.  This innkeeper loves baking like I do, and has some interesting recipes that I have been baking up for my family to enjoy.  In addition to some of her tasty baked goods, Ellen also shares some delicious and oh so easy to prepare recipes including her corn, tomato, beet and basil salsa, which I made and served up with homemade tortilla chips for Father's Day.  Everyone loved this salsa, and kept asking for the recipe, so that they could make again at home.  

In addition to all the recipes shared from Ellen from the Birchwood, this cookbook also features 7 other "Broads," all with equally tantalizing recipes.  Usually I sit with sticky notes and flag recipes I am eager to try, but when I sat to go through this book for the first time, I found myself flagging almost every recipe in this cookbook.  I knew my girls would also love helping me in the kitchen whipping up some of these recipes, so I was looking forward to not only being the kitchen myself, but also teaching my girls some of these recipes as well as how to cook and bake properly and maneuver around a kitchen.  In addition to the salsa I made this past weekend, the girls also helped me making Vanilla Sauce and Arkansas Chocolate Gravy for us to have at the dessert, for people to drizzle over the homemade vanilla and peach ice creams we had whipped up earlier in the week.  The girls loved being in the kitchen, and loved being taste testers for each and every recipe we tried from this new cookbook.  If only there were more hours in the day, we would have spent longer cooking and baking up tasty treats and dishes for family and friends to enjoy.  But, that only means that come this week during the expected rain days, as well as over the weekend, that we get to get back in the kitchen to try more recipes from the "8 Broads in the Kitchen - Breakfast & Brunch Recipes" cookbook.  

If you are a fan or collector of cookbooks like I am, then you will want to check out this unique "8 Broads in the Kitchen - Breakfast & Brunch Recipes" cookbook, which features popular recipes served up by innkeepers at bed and breakfasts all over the United States.  Just be warned, that it will be hard to not want to try each and every recipe, once you sit down to mark the recipes you want to try.  With so many mouth watering, full-color pictures, you will find yourself wanting to try them all, and getting hungry at the same time! :-)

About this cookbook:

"A fantastic collection of recipes from eight food experts with years of Bed and Breakfast experience

Take eight innkeepers who've served more than 200,000 breakfasts to happy guests—and offered them at least a half-million cookies! These are the 8 Broads in the Kitchen—innkeepers of notable bed and breakfasts scattered across the country. Each one prepares sustainable local foods with creativity and flair, always accenting flavor and freshness. "We are committed to cooking locally," they say. "We each highlight our regional specialties, offering eggs from happy chickens, pork from humanely-raised pigs, fruit grown right next door, and fresh herbs from our own gardens." Try these matchless 150 recipes from the 8 Broads, including Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes with Lemon Sauce, Caramelized Onion Omelets, Parmesan Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, and Apricot Chocolate Crumb Squares. Each recipe includes Prep Time and Cooking Time—along with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and full-color photography."

224 PAGES, 8 X 10
TRADE PAPER, $22.99 (US $22.99) (CA $30.99)
ISBN 9781947597006

About the Authors:

The 8 Broads in the Kitchen are chefs from Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Washington, and New York. Each has perfected dessert recipes for their loyal guests in their award-winning inns.

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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