Love Iowa home-cooking? More than 400 dishes are featured in the new book “Favorite Recipes from Iowa Bed and Breakfasts.” Author Ann Crowley says she wanted to compile a book about Iowa B-and-Bs and the great foods they serve, as some recipes are considered family heirlooms since they’ve been around for generations. Crowley says one Iowa B-and-B is using a recipe for Irish soda bread that’s 200 years old, though certain adjustments have been made, as the flour in Ireland two centuries ago is different from today’s flour. She says some of the recipes are very ethnic. Besides food that features the ethnic and cultural background of the innkeepers, Crowley says the cookbook features a variety of different tastes from different parts of the state. A recipe for fried mush is included, something that used to be very popular in certain areas of Iowa. Crowley says the book also includes the histories of the 55 B-and-Bs that contributed the recipes and the innkeepers’ stories too. For more information, contact your nearest bed and breakfast to get a copy of the book.
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