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Discover Iowa: Cooking With Iowa Wines, Meats and Other Iowa Products Paperback – November 26, 2008
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Painter has done a superb job with this project, making it truly a must have for Iowans and anybody traveling through Iowa.
This work goes far beyond the typical recipe book, and the recipes are terrific, I might add. What sets these Iowan menus apart, is that the recipes were largely contributed by Bed and Breakfast establishments which Painter also covers in this splendidly organized, useful book.
There's so much going on in this volume it's difficult to know where to start! I suppose the beginning is a good place. Here Painter lists the participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns by city and also by name which is a great help for travelers. There's also a topical table of contents.
Now the fun begins! The pages that follow contain a photo of every participating B&B, along with all the necessary contact information including address, email, website, phone and owner names, plus a paragraph or two about the B&B and the area. This alone is a tremendous help for any traveler or tourist. Unbelievably delicious recipes contributed by the establishments are also included. If this were all, this alone would be outstanding, but Painter includes even more in this incredible Guide/Cookbook.
Recipes from Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Egg Council are included, along with cooking tips for fruit pies, cinnamon use in cooking and information about Iowa wines and cooking with wines.
In addition to the above, Painter includes tremendously interesting information about Iowa products as well as cooking tips and nutritional tidbits. I honestly don't know what the author could possibly have overlooked.Read more ›
Who better to write this kind of book other than a true B & B owner? She and her husband operate The Prairie Cottage in Fostoria. Not only does "Discover Iowa" take you on an armchair journey to some of the most enchanting accommodations on the map, it does an excellent job of providing a mouth-watering sample of recipes. One thing is certain, you will never look at the humble egg in quite the same manner; Iowa is one of the largest producers of eggs in the country. I cook with eggs all the time, and am just beginning to realize their versatility. If you never plan to visit Iowa, B & B owners are some of the best foodies on earth and if you like to cook, the book is a must-have on the recipe shelf. If you don't like to cook, this is a must-have on the shelf...you will experience a sweet, homespun journey. "Discover Iowa" is the perfect companion to curl up and discover!
I really like this cookbook! The recipes are quick and easy, plus some are extremely unique. There is one called "Pumpkin Stew" and I can't wait to prepare it -- this one is going to be a dish the family talks about for some time.
The cookbook also contains photos and descriptions of the B&Bs that the author obtained the recipes from -- very interesting. And, I am especially glad the author added a listing of all the Iowa B&Bs and the Iowa Wineries -- these listings are going to come in handy when I return to Iowa in the fall.
If you enjoy good food and cooking, you too will enjoy this cookbook from Iowa telling you just how to cook the recipes Iowans serve.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There must be other cookbooks out there in the land of cookbooks which are better written, more interesting, than this.
I must, I will, keep looking.
The recipes in this are tasty. I found them inspiring and delightful. Highly recomended!Published on April 20, 2009 by E. Wasnetsky