Breakfast in Bed: More Than 150 Recipes for Delicious Morning Meals is a cookbook for breakfast lovers. Or perhaps I should say that it is for bed-and-breakfast lovers, since every recipe in the book has been shaped by a bed-and-breakfast from somewhere in the country. The recipes come from all over, from Washington to Florida, and each is a favorite in the kitchen where it is served – and, no doubt, a hit with the guests there, too.
The book is very simple and is essentially a collection of recipes, without much text to introduce them or to try and tell a little story about the food, making it a book that you only read if you want to cook. The recipes are from a number of categories, including scones, muffins, breads, coffee cakes, egg dishes and eggs for a crowd. The House Specialties chapter includes bread puddings, oatmeal and homemade granola – things that don’t quite fit into the other chapters. All of the recipes are written simply and are easy to follow along with. Having asked for recipes at B&Bs before, I can assure you that these are a lot more filled out in terms of instruction than the recipes I usually get! Each recipe is also followed by a note saying what B&B it is from. The only real downside to this cookbook is that there aren’t many photos. There are only a few full color photos at the center of the book, and seeing the photos of dishes like Fresh Fruit Crepes makes you want to see more of the dishes (since they look so tasty) before you try them. You could try traveling to the B&Bs in question to see them in person, but I’d say some experimentation in the kitchen could result in a delicious meal that you don’t have to travel for.