Holiday-Rentals launches FREE Travel Cookbook

Inspiration for the perfect gastro break: over 90 recipes to enjoy on holiday

16 December 2008 Holiday-Rentals, the UK's number one holiday home rentals website, has launched the free-to-download Holiday-Rentals Travel Cookbook, containing holiday home owners' favourite regional recipes from around the world. With over 90 recipes from 14 countries, personal tips and comments, and links to beautiful holiday home rentals, this inspirational free e-book provides plenty of food for thought for a gastro-break.

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As a nation of food and travel lovers, a large part of the holiday experience now is sampling the local gastronomy and many people enjoy the interaction when buying local produce*. So for those looking for an authentic foodie holiday, there's no better option than to self-cater as it provides the flexibility to eat out, or experiment at 'home'.

This free e-book includes a variety of simple-to-make starters, mains and desserts, with recipes ranging from typical specialities such as duck with blackcurrant, to more unusual creations like sweet and sour wild boar or figs with lavender honey. Many have been passed on by local friends or relatives, or are owners' personal adaptations or creations. For some recipes, guests can even find the ingredients in the holiday home's garden.

With over 122,000 private holiday homes worldwide, Holiday-Rentals has properties to suite every taste and budget. Most have comprehensive kitchen facilities and BBQs on site, and many have unique features like pizza ovens, olive groves, fruit trees, vineyards or a veggie patch. Lots of owners offer welcome hampers of regional goodies too and some even offer cooking lessons on site.

In addition, staying in a private property provides a much more authentic experience, and owners can be an invaluable source of information, really helping guests get more from the holiday. From making sure they fit in all the 'must-see' attractions to telling them about that fab little café or restaurant that only the locals know about.

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Top row: l-r: Spaghetti with lemon (Greece), Omelette with wild asparagus (Italy), Light ricotta cheesecake (Italy) & Prawn 'Pil Pil' (Spain). Bottom row: l-r: Duck in orange sauce (France), Custard-style Barbados toast (Caribbean), Harira soup (Morocco) & Bruschetta with tomatoes (Italy).

* According to the Mintel 'Self catering holidays UK' report, February 2007