by Donna Leahy
Recipe for a Country Inn
William Morrow, March, 2002.
Hardcover, 228 pages.
What is it about owning a country inn that seems to attract the most fabulous cooks? Donna Leahy and her husband, Bob, had always dreamed of owning a little country inn which served wonderful food. And after much work, they have achieved their dream: they are the owners of the award-winning Inn at Twin Linden, located about an hour outside of Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish country. Recipe for A Country Inn tells the story of the Leahy's journey from novices to expert innkeepers. Written in a warm and entertaining style, their story is both funny and inspiring. Starting out with no innkeeping experience at all (Donna was a video producer and is a self-taught cook and Bob was a college professor) they used their considerable intelligence and determination to achieve their goals.
Known for its incredible food, the Inn has received rave reviews for its restaurant. The book includes the Leahy's most popular recipes, which are all easy to prepare in a home kitchen. From breakfast treats such as Baked French Toast with Peaches and Blueberries, Cheddar Souffle Roll and Proscuitto and Egg Tart in a Polenta Crust, to dinner entrees such as Lobster with Fingerling Potatoes and Citrus Sauce, Salmon with Basil Pesto and Polenta Crust, Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion Tart and Portobellos with Herbed Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze, these recipes are absolutely scrumptious. And don't forget dessert: Chocolate Waffles with White Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Mocha Pie or perhaps Fudge Pecan Tart might be nice. Bob Leahy's beautiful photographs of the surrounding countryside and of their Amish and Mennonite further add to the enjoyment of this excellent and attractive book.
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This review was published in the May, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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