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I'm ready to open my C&C
on January 12, 2015
After reading How Not to Run a B&B, I realized that realistically, I'm not suited for running a B&B. I think I need to set my goals at a C&C - Cocktails and Couches.
The idea of a B&B has always sounded tempting to me, but after reading Bobby Hutchinson's book about her own, I realize it isn't something I am cut out for. I love breakfast - when someone else cooks it. And while I want to live in a clean house, and would expect everything to be top notch as well as totally clean, the practical side of having to do all that every single day - Ok - I'm convinced - not me! So I've decided my best bet would be to open up around cocktail hour, and let everyone sit around on couches, sipping my signature drinks, and maybe nibbling on a snack or two. Less laundry, less cooking. and since everyone would have to leave to spend the night somewhere else - less exposure to the 'crazy ones'.
Ok - serious review of the book time. The running the B&B part was interesting and enlightening. I really wasn't planning on trying it, and it reaffirmed why for me. I was really pleased with the recipes included at the end of each chapter - at first. By Chapter 3, her recipe was to go to the store and buy a box of Celestial Seasonings tea. And if someone had collected rose hips, there isn't a hint of how to use them. By Chapter 7, Bobby is telling the readers how to do a cleansing ceremony on their house with burning sage. Chapter 9 is followed by a flippant (and worthless) "tip" for attracting a man. Chapter 10 is a "tip" on writing, and by Chapter 11, the reader is given a lecture on the author's belief system, covering several pages, and not relevant to me, or the book. It was totally out of place, and it appeared the flow of the book had come to a grinding halt. By Chapter 21, she does get back to advice on food, and 22 is mostly recipes, so she does get back to the original rhythm of the book.
Bobby is a good writer, and I will be trying some of her other works. This one was both a hit and a miss. Some parts were very good. Interesting, informative, and fun reading. Other parts seemed like they were out of step, random and dull. But if a couple of those recipes turn out a good result, I'll be happy.