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The Top 5 Bed and Breakfast Recipe Cookbooks

Updated on April 4, 2011

It isn’t easy to leave a bed and breakfast, especially after all the pampering, relaxing and delicious home-cooked breakfasts and brunches. Though you can’t recapture the lovely and elegant atmostphere, you can can recreate your morning meal with a bed and breakfast recipe cookbook. Here’s a list of the top 5:

Fabulous Fairholme Breakfasts and Brunches
by Sylvia Main

Fabulous Fairholme Breakfasts and Brunches features over 60 lushly-photographed breakfasts from Fairholme Manor, a 110-year-old Italianate mansion in Victoria, British Columbia. After receiving endless requests from guests for recipes, owner Sylvia Main responded with this 144 page, beautifully designed Victoria bed and breakfast cookbook.

The recipes are decadent, yet simple, and are accompanied by practical tips for the best flavours possible. Dishes include baked raspberry French toast, zucchini and oregano frittata, poppy seed bread cups with scrambled eggs and sweet mascarpone and strawberry lemon turnovers. Sylvia Main’s most popular recipe, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, are so popular that guests often call in advance to make sure they’re served during their stay. As far as bed and breakfast cookbooks go, it doesn’t get any better than Fabulous Fairholme.

The Lighthouse Breakfast Cookbook: Recipes from Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast
by Michelle Bursey and Carol Korgan

Located on the west side of 1,000 foot high Heceta Head, the Heceta Head lighthouse towers 205 feet above the ocean. It’s the brightest and most photographed lighthouse on the West Coast, and thanks to Mike and Carol Korgan, it’s now an unforgettable bed and breakfast. The Korgans, both executive chefs, took over the lightkeepers house in 1995 with the hopes of creating a welcoming home with fantastic food and conversation. What resulted is their now-famous seven course breakfast, followed by a 192-page cookbook containing the most scrumptious recipes from their collection.

Each recipe is home-tested and enhanced by insights on the best tools and techniques, an ingredients glossary and a resource guide to help you find unique ingredients in the Pacific Northwest. The cookbook also contains a history of the Lightstation, archival images and colour photographs that will inspire you to get in the kitchen.

Best Recipes from American Country Inns and Bed & Breakfasts
by Andy Andrews, Kitty Maynard and Lucian Maynard

If you’re the “go big or go home” type, this is the one for you. With over 1,500 crowd-pleasing recipes from over 240 inns across America, it satisfies all tastes, from fine dining to home-style cooking. The culinary treats are simple, delicious and made from everyday ingredients found in your own home. Look for tasty delights such as Cranberry Pear Dumplings, Smoked Salmon Quiche, Spicy Baked Pears with Yogurt and Moist Banana Bread.

The recipes are organized alphabetically, state-by-state and includes relevant B & B information such as addresses, phone numbers inn-specific activities. The extensive indexes also arrange them by city and state, as well as by recipe type.

Breakfast in Bed California Cookbook: The Best B & B Recipes from California
by Carol Frieberg

Blueberry Coffee Cake, Apple Cider Syrup, Eggs for a Crowd...these are just a few of the treats you’ll find in Frieberg’s delicious collection of recipes from over 120 Pacific Northwest bed and breakfasts.

The recipes are simple and organized in a convenient way, so it’s easy to whip up a tasty and elegant breakfast. If you don’t plan on staying in a bed and breakfast any time soon, this cookbook will tide you over until your next vacation.

Bed and Breakfast Cookbook
by Martha W Murphy

Perfect for the armchair traveler, this cookbook takes you on a culinary adventure to bed and breakfasts in all 50 states. Murphy, a bed and breakfast owner herself, filled 276 pages to the brim with scrumptious recipes from 147 American contributors, plus a dozen of her own. The mouth-watering treats include Smoked Salmon Egg Crepes, Ice Cream Strudel and Baked Apples in Caramel Sauce.

The chapters cover pancakes, waffles, French Toast, fruits, eggs and other breakfast favourites. The recipes are made from simple ingredients, are easy to make and are accompanied by over 93 full-colour illustrations. As a testament to its greatness, the Bed and Breakfast Cookbook was a Featured Selection in the Book of the Month Club, and a Main Selection of the Better Homes and Gardens Book Club.


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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the unique meals served at bed-and-breakfasts and browsing colorful photos of food inspire me! I'll definitely look into these cookbooks. Thanks so much!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I love your hub and the books you shared. I hope you add ebay and amazon capsules with those books so I can come back to buy those books. I collect cookbooks and this is one area my collection is missing.