Plan Your Perfect Holiday Meal with “A Culinary Journey Through Iowa”

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From appetizers to desserts, here are recipes for every occasion -- be it quick post-shopping lunch, Christmas Eve dinner, or a family New Year's brunch.

The gift-giving season is upon us and people everywhere are rushing about to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list. Fortunately, those who are culinary inclined tend to be easy to shop for! The Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association (IBBIA) has the perfect gift: “A Culinary Journey Through Iowa: Travel Guide & Cookbook.” A Culinary Journey Through Iowa offers home cooks the very best of Iowa innkeepers’ culinary treasures by presenting the fine flavors and creative recipes of mid-western kitchens – some recipes have been handed down over generations. Sandwiched inside a rugged soft cover, the reader will find 235 recipes from some 79 Iowa Innkeepers -- from Appetizers to scrumptious Wild Game Entrees along with Desserts and everything in-between.

Whether you are an experienced home cook or are just beginning to discover cooking, A Culinary Journey Through Iowa can help take your cooking to the next level. One of the best features of this clever cookbook is a special lay-flat binding. And, all readers will appreciate the step-by-step instructions of the dishes, plus it is designed for constant kitchen use.

The book is a means of sharing the meritorious cooking skills of Iowa innkeepers and to help the Iowa travelers locate and identify getaway attractions throughout the state. "We fashioned the book to specifically meet the needs of people who love to cook and want access to recipes from experienced innkeepers around the state," said Mary Nichols, President of the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association.

Those of you who wish breakfast came three times a day, as well as anyone hankering for the likes of a Baked apple-cheese Pancakes, Blueberry-raspberry sauce, and Old fashioned Stir-N-Roll Biscuits, will be delighted. The delicious country breakfast ideas you will find in the book are exactly the kind you will enjoy when you visit and stay at an IBBIA member inn. And, if your palette is craving an exotic entree, you’re going to love Medallions of Venison Finished with Calvados Sauce and Oakwood's Pheasant Breast Filet.

This book is also a reliable guide to the inns themselves, including addresses, phone numbers, and a listing of area attractions near each inn. Bed and Breakfast enthusiasts will find the sturdy book easy to take on in-state excursions. The book is organized with the recipes grouped into Iowa's three tourist regions ~ Central, Eastern, and Western ~ with a Potluck section for extra recipes. Readers will find line drawings or photographs of the participating inns. There are two extensive indexes. One allows you to find the inns by city and the other allows the reader to find any recipe or type of recipe quickly and easily. And, as an extra bonus, each book has an Iowa Transportation Map attached to the inside of the back cover.

The organization’s goal is to connect the traveling public with their 79 plus member inns and enable travelers to have a dynamic, unique, and cultural travel experience. Innkeepers can be a great resource on the area you are visiting, and are available to assist you with whatever your particular needs might be, be it sightseeing tours or diet restrictions, since all IBBIA member inns serve breakfast as part of the room rate.

This cookbook is one of a kind! And just in time for holiday giving. Take a peak at the colorful book online at where it can be purchased securely or call IBBIA at 1-800-888-4667 and order your copy by phone.

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