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Twenty for Breakfast: Upbeat and candid insights on meeting the unpredictable challenges of bed and breakfast innkeeping Kindle Edition
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Question: Did her past book; 'Time In, Time Out, Time Enough' prepare her to dive into this unknown lifestyle? Maybe, but not altogether. Pat drills down on the nuts and bolts of the whole B&B canvas from European buffets to excellent internet sites and resources. An American snapshot, with overtones of 'Under the Tuscan Sun-at home in Italy, by Frances Mayes and quest surprises and requests to include the "Taco Wedding."
It should also be required reading for those in the hospitality industry, take note Bill Marriott and Motel 6 for insider tips on the right 'thread count' for sheets and color coding inventory for efficiency and profitability. It also includes 10 delicious recipes from Baked Apple French toast to Quiche for a Crowd. It would not be complete without the help of her husband Bob and his fascination with Jumbo Balloons and financial wizardry. Take your seat next to the country kitchen and join for other quests for "Twenty for Breakfast."
It's loaded with really useful practical information, including recipes, along with heart-warming and amusing anecdotes about all sorts of guests, help, things that go wrong (or right). I would even recommend it for people who deal with lots of house guests, or those with large families in one house. And I love the illustrations (check out the cover--doesn't that say a lot?).
If you actually are considering running an inn, this will give you the kind of insight you need to determine whether it would be a good fit for you. If you already are running one, I'm sure you could pick up some great tips here. If you never thought about being an innkeeper, I doubt you'd suddenly decide you must--it's very balanced, and acknowledges that this isn't the lifestyle (more than simply a career) for everyone. But it will help you appreciate all that goes in to running a great inn--and being a good guest. Highly recommend!
This book, though, is about much more than B&Bs. Below is my partial list of the kind of nuggets of wisdom you’ll find in this gem of a book.
On running a business:
…disguise no as some form of yes
…establish reasonable rules but also know when to bend them or overlook them entirely
…let yourself, as a business person, be lighthearted and even silly at times
…earn the loyalty of people who work for you
...ask for reviews (and respond to the occasional bad one)
…run a business deeply rooted in personal values
On being human:
…laugh at people’s foibles and move on
…have faith through hard times
…deal with personal tragedy (of the worst kind) with strength and grace you never thought possible
…win people’s hearts through generosity and understanding
…make the world a better place through graciousness
In summary, this book is full of engaging stories for just about any reader. The author’s tone and writing style is warm, gracious (that word again), and entertaining, much like her hosting skills. Reading it is like sitting across the table from her at her B&B over a cup of coffee (or tea).
If you like to be inspired and read great stories, this book is for you! And as a bonus, you’ll learn how to cook an omelette, which by itself is worth the price of the book. Bon appetit!
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Practical advice for potential B&B owners.