(MediaQuire) Rather than fighting restaurant crowds this Valentine’s Day, consider the ultimate romantic gesture instead: stay in and cooking for, or better yet with, the one you love! Sarah Copeland, food expert and author of The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and For Each Other, invites you to join her {Virtual} Valentine’s Day book tour.

Sarah’s Twelve carefully curated chapters delight with more than 130 recipes for the type of gratifying, right-at-home cooking that make every couple’s table the magnetic core of their life together. The book is a recipe for life and love through food and what better time to launch it than around the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day!

Please join her anytime between February 1 and February 13 for a Practice Valentine’s Day with The Newlywed Cookbook, in your home and on your blog.

Here’s how it works:

Write to me, Catherine Manterola or Sarah Copeland to confirm your interest in participating. Work together with Sarah and I to pick a recipe or menu from the book that’s appropriate for your beloved and your blog audience {There’s something for everyone from meat lovers to strict vegetarians, fancy or no-fuss!  Main courses, indulgences, brunch, or breakfast in bed are all fair game. Anything that says celebration + love to you!}

Cook for your beloved {spouse, sweetie or anyone you love—best friends, girlfriends or a whole group of friends} with The Newlywed Cookbook as your inspiration and guide. Blog about it anytime between February 1 and February 13, and invite your readers to trade in their reservations for a cozy night at home this Valentine’s day with The Newlywed Cookbook.

Among the recipes you can choose from are:

Savory:

Window Box Salad for Two with Classic Vinaigrette; Roasted Beets with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios; “Big Flavor” Braised Short Ribs with Herb Gremolata and Melted Polenta; Arugula, Grapefruit and Shaved Fennel Salad with Smashed Castelvetrano Olives; Grilled Lamb Chops with Melted Polenta; Iron Skillet Steak with Thyme Butter; Fresh Pappardelle with Pork Ragu; Homemade Gnocchi; Two-For-Two Cheese Soufflé; Halibut with Coriander and Carrots

Brunch:

Overnight Egg and Cheese Strata; Little Beauty Baked Eggs; Dutch Babies with Poached Rhubarb; Whole-Grain Pancakes with Chocolate Shards; Ricotta Silver Dollars {pancakes!}; Oatmeal Yogurt Pancakes

Sweets:

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Smoked Sea Salt; Olive Oil Cake with Tangerine Marmalade; Deep Dark Secret Chocolate Cookies; 1000-Layer-Chocolate-Chip Cookies; Pure Chocolate Pudding

Only a select number of spots are available so please let us know by no later than Wednesday, January 18, 2012 if you would like to participate.

To learn more about Sarah Copeland or The Newlywed Cookbook, visit her blog, www.edibleliving.com, and watch this video peek into the luscious food and lifestyle you’ll find in her new book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzwZRb_ShjE

Sarah Copeland is a New York City-based writer, food expert, urban gardener and curator of good living. By day, she’s a seasoned recipe developer, and has created well over 1000 original recipes for publication. By night, she’s a consummate forager for edible adventures. A Food Network veteran, Sarah is a co-founder and former spokesperson for Food Network and Share Our Strength’s Good Food Gardens campaign, bringing edible education to produce-poor communities. She has appeared as a guest chef on Good Morning America and ABC News Now. Sarah trained in New York City and in France, and has cooked and taught in kitchens from Tecate, Mexico to St. Tropez, France. Her recipes and articles have appeared in national magazines such as The Food Network Magazine, Real Simple, Saveur and Fitness. Sarah believes that Edible Living (edibleliving.com) begins with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and a passionate appetite for life. She finds inspiration in photographs, family meals, homegrown veggies, stinky cheeses, and chocolate cake. She lives and feasts in New York and Hungary with her husband, András, and their new addition, Greta. Learn more about Sarah and her experience here.

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