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If you've ever fantasized about running a country inn or a small bed-and-breakfast, this is the book for you. Leahy, chef-owner of The Inn at Twin Linden in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, takes you behind the scenes of innkeeping life, while serving up 125 easy recipes that have become guest favorites over the years.
This successful inn, run by Donna and her husband, Bob, has been featured in Country Living and Victoria. Since the inn opened in the early 1990s, Leahy has become celebrated for her food -- she has appeared on the Food Network and the Today show. With all this acclaim, you'll be especially interested to know that the day the Leahys moved in to their inn, the roof leaked and the septic system backed up; the following week, the kitchen appliances started to die, one by one.
Leahy mixes up real-life successes, setbacks, and practical advice with guests' favorite recipes in this handsome book, illustrated with photos of the Amish and Mennonite country. Her tone is charming, informal, and candid, and so are her recipes.
On the recipe side, unsurprisingly, breakfast buffet and teatime are the main events of the day. Look for star dishes like Gorgonzola Spinach Frittata and Cheddar Soufflé Roll, which can be prepared in advance, as well as non-egg dishes like Baked French Toast with Peaches and Blueberries. At the ever-popular teatime, Leahy turns out trays full of Pecan Short Bread Bars, Pumpkin Raisin Squares, and Strawberry Mascarpone Meringues. Of course the guests return again and again!
On the practical side, Leahy shares her hard-won knowledge through sidebars on such diverse topics as" Setting an Elegant Table," "Cancellation Policies," "The Difficult Guest," and "Publicity." All these qualities should make Recipe for a Country Inn a favorite for armchair cooks, armchair travelers, and would-be innkeepers. (Ginger Curwen)