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300 Sandwiches: A Multilayered Love Story . . . with Recipes Hardcover – May 19, 2015
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Stephanie is a writer for the New York Post and has a blog called 300 Sandwiches. The book deals mostly with the ups and downs of her love life and her job at the post. The reader feels true empathy when Stephanie is faced with the illness and eventual death of her father. Aside from that life shaking happening most of the book is rather bland and plays second fiddle to the recipes.
There are not 300 recipes in this book but there are so many that I’m in a quandary as to whether I should shelve this book with memoirs or my cookbooks – the latter choice won. There are a couple of the sandwiches that remind me of my childhood. My mom would make Grilled Peach and Cream Cheese Sammys as well as the Roasted Tomato and Grilled Cheddar Cheese. I plan to make the Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Pecans next weekend for a little get-together.
I will say that the book reads predominantly like a blog and I personally don’t think that one genre grows better by infiltrating another but this was a valiant effort. It was a fun book and it’s one that I’m going to recommend to my reading group. Maybe we’ll each make a sandwich to bring to the meeting so we can try a lot more of Stephanie Smith’s offerings.
However, the prose is not as palatable. It is pedestrian and a bit plodding, as if Smith were giving a report instead of talking casually to a friend. Not every page is like that, but too many of them are. At times the writing seemed forced, as if she had to do her "300 words" that day or else! And, of course, there is that other thing: the (to some) humiliating idea of a modern, smart, talented, healthy, pretty woman working hard for a proposal from her boyfriend. A few times she almost blows it because there is no "movement" in that direction that she can see from E, her boyfriend. Her friend tells her, "Stop. You're about to wreck everything. . . " She ponders her predicament and comes up with the decidedly torturous and "woman-in-captivity" mentality as she concludes, "He held all the cards." Oh? But, my dear, who gave him all those cards?
In this day and age it still surprises me how many girls/women politely "wait" for that proposal.Read more ›
The only part of the book i did not like was the first three chapters, about her perfect childhood and perfect career, etc.....
She called his bluff.
Ha! she earned it; They both earned each other.
Goes to show love can blossom in many forms
Now, you have 300 choices!
The very idea that Smith would be willing to do such a thing could be off-putting to some readers; if E. really wanted to marry her, would he have her jump through hoops like that? But I counter this by pointing out the price of the bridal ring set that Smith wants; many women would be happy with a more modest ring set. So perhaps Smith is the winner there? We’ll see.
Smith also details other things going on in her life during the “three hundred sandwiches” period, in particular, her father’s terminal illness and her wish to have him escort her down the aisle to E. Smith and E., like all couples, do have occasional quarrels, and sometimes readers might wonder whether Smith and E. might give up on the sandwiches – and the relationship.
Though the narrative part has some strong points and some very weak points, the recipes that Smith shares are some that I like. Though she lives in Brooklyn and would likely have fairly easy access to not-so-commonplace foods and ingredients, most of the ingredients in the sandwich recipes are available at most supermarkets. I will look the recipes over again and try some.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love to cook and sandwich combinations are a favorite. The only downfall I found with this book was there were no pictures, ouch!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by tiger117
Wasn't super excited about the recipes, which was disappointing. The only interesting recipe was ruined by the description of her then boyfriend criticizing her every move in the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Abinanti
I love a good sandwich. Who doesn’t? Mine is a good turkey and swiss – any kind of bread, but my favorite is on a croissant with lettuce, tomatoes, and some good spicy mustard. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Whatwillshereadnext
This is a breezy read by a blogger (go figure!) about her food-flavored romance with her boyfriend (now husband). Literary it ain't, but it's entertaining enough. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Aaron Silverman
I truly enjoyed the book! It is heartfelt story mingled with wonderful recipes!Published 7 months ago by Gladys Landing
Great book. I read the entire block of Stephanie.
I have yet to test out some of the sandwiches.