300 Sandwiches Blogger Gets Book Deal Instead of Engagement Ring

Stephanie Smith of 300 Sandwiches project fame is still a little over 100 hoagies away from getting an engagement ring but has just been given some extra motivation to keep slicing and dicing in the kitchen: a book deal. 

At the end of September
, Smith, a writer for the New York Post, revealed herself as the woman behind the food blog based on a promise her boyfriend, Eric Schulte, made. Schulte — or “E” as Smith affectionately refers to him in her blog that's part confessional, part cooking guide — said he would propose only after Smith made 300 unique subs for him. And we're not talking about peanut butter and jelly. Smith whips up elaborate creations like her “In the Doghouse,” a combination of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and chives.   

But since Smith came out as the woman behind the blog, some have suspected she's motivated by more than just trying to get her boyfriend down on one knee. In a piece she wrote for the Post after feminists, along with most of the Internet, freaked out that she was using the project as a ploy for self-promotion, she insisted, "This project is not about me promoting myself as some gourmet chef, nor a desperate plot to win Eric’s love — or a movie deal or Internet fame."

Related: Man Promises Proposal After Sandwiches; Feminists Freak Out

You might compare the Twitterverse’s responses to Smith’s impending publication to a mixed plate of charcuterie ... with tweets ranging from praise to ridicule.

The 300 Sandwiches book is due out around Valentine’s Day 2015. This gives Smith plenty of time to finally get that multicarat sparkler she’s been working toward and add the proposal as “Chapter 301: Soon-to-be-Betrothed Bologna and Cheese Sandwich.” Yum.

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