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Newlywed Cookbook
by Sarah Copeland
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Almost wish I were back a number of years and readying for my wedding. Then someone might gift me with a copy of The Newlywed Cookbook. What a luscious compendium of wonderful photographs by Sara Remington and recipes by Sarah Copeland.

The title page is joined by a full color photo of freshly picked fruit that appears as though it can be plucked from the page and enjoyed. No less can be said of the photographs of enticing foods that grace many of the pages that hold 'Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and for Each Other'. Lovely idea, isn't it?

Okay, down to business. The Introduction is not to be skipped over. The whole purpose of this lovely book rests in this small section. The Table Comes First follows this. Then Strategies. Don't flip past these pages. They can put you in the mood for what is to come and provide you with new information to make your cooking more fun and enjoyable by sharing it.

The Table of Contents lists titles to the varied sections, from how to stock your pantry, how and what to buy, to what tools you'll need to prepare and cook the fabulous dishes suggested. Eat Fresh is another important section discussing Organics and How to Grow Your Own Garden! Meal ideas and recipes from Brunch to Escapes begin the new world of cooking for you and that permanent new person in your life. Go for it.

The real meat (no pun intended here) of the world of cooking is within the pages of The Newlywed Cookbook. Start off your new adventure with Brunch, featuring maybe Dutch Babies with Poached Rhubarb. Never heard of Dutch Babies? Me neither. Caught your interest? Check it out. Or maybe Oatmeal Yogurt Pancakes with Blackberry Crush. Gorgeous. Believe me; this section will have you looking forward to the alarm clock rousing you.

This is followed quickly by Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & Lots of Elegant Eggs. Summer Corn Soup catches my eye as well as Watermelon, Pistachio & Baby Greens Salad. Something simple like Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sliders could spark up a ho-hum lunch. And my all-time favorite Lobster Rolls. Moving on to Simple Meals for Well-fed Couples, here's Pan-Seared Arctic Char with Sorrel. Even a recipe to grace your kitchen with the comforting smell of baking your very own Dowry Rolls. Add Roasted Vegetables and there's a meal fit for your king or queen.

Date Night is next. How about Gardener's Pizza? Or maybe Grilled Lamb Chops with Melted Polenta? Now we reach the section on Vegetables. Boiled Baby Potatoes with Garden Chives would be first to try for me. They look so good. But I might go for the Shaved Zucchini with Ricotta & Walnuts. Wow! Talk about something new and different. Snacks, Sauces & Sips to Enlighten the Table. This section will tickle your fancy. Love olives? So do I. I would have to go for the Midnight Marinated Olives. Pair them with Easier Than-Pie Oven Fries.

I danced through the part on drinks. Would like to try them all from the Vietnamese Iced Coffee to the Scratch Sangria. Indulgences - Sweets to Love, Honor & Cherish is a dessert lover's paradise. Just open to any page and point. What a real treat. From Brown Sugar Pudding to Sticky-Sweet Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake, you can't go wrong. Then the Cookie Jar can't be left out: Deep-Dark-Secret Chocolate Cookies to Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Almost last but not least are ideas for Gatherings for Feasts for Friends & Family. All sorts of suggestions to wow your guests and not have you spending the whole time in the kitchen. How to Cook and Clean Hard-Shell Crabs has to be of help. Steak Night for the Guys would work well. The very last section is Escapes. Campfire Cooking, Pretty Picnics & Portable Parties. Short but so instructive on how to cook away from home and have a success on your hands.

So there you have it. Give this beautiful cookbook to that prospective bride. And don't forget one for yourself.

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