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Valentine's Day the PAPER/PLATES Way

Valentine's Day the PAPER/PLATES Way

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Valentine's Day. It's the best day of the year! It's a corporate scheme to make us buy chocolate and get fat! It's a fake holiday invented to make single people (and unhappy relationship people) feel bad about themselves! My opinion on this, obviously, is that all of those arguments don't matter and I'll gladly take any excuse to indulge in sweets and receive flowers. So sue me. And because I believe everyone deserves special treatment once in a while, here are some ideas for books and treats you can share with the ones you love.

For the dreamer: A copy of Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins and a warm bowl of cioppino. If someone you love dreams of faraway places and long-gone eras, soothe and transport them with this pairing, sure to be a literal and figurative heart-warmer. Buy the book here.

For the passionista: Everyone's got one – a friend who's a little overenthusiastic. And while 50 Shades may leave her (or him, we don't judge!) a little hot and bothered, that's nothing a great sundae can't cool down. Buy the book here.

For your lover: If you're one of the lucky ones, let that special someone know how you feel! Between the short, sweet and sensitive Lover's Dictionary and the decadent deconstructed chocolate cake, there's no mixed messages here. Buy the book here.

For the bibliophile: Here's the plan: Invite a nerd over, hand them Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. BOOM. Love connection. The next morning, seal the deal with this excellent blueberry-and-almond-filled baked oatmealBuy the book here.

Do you have any other romantic book and food pairings? Let us know in the comments!

Now, briefly, the personal stuff...

THIS WEEK, I READ...

- "To reread what you loved most at a particular moment is to risk the possibility that you might love it less, and I want to keep my memories undegraded." Katherine Boo, if I didn't already have a crush on you, I don't know what I'd do.

- "Why You Should Work From A Coffee Shop, Even When You Have An Office." Because everyone should break free from their desk once in a while!

- A Flavorwire post on literature-inspired hotels. 'Round the world pilgrimage, anyone?

THIS WEEK, I COOKED...

Kichari (basmati rice cooked with dal), keema (spiced ground beef) and raita (yogurt sauce) – AKA my favorite comfort food meal. Holler if you're interested in the recipes for these!

Team of Rivals & Apple Pie Cups

Team of Rivals & Apple Pie Cups

Eat Your Words: Hemiola and Caramelize

Eat Your Words: Hemiola and Caramelize