Light your "fire" in other rooms of the house aside from the kitchen with this list of the Top 10 Romantic and Sexy Cookbooks. From stories about love and food to aphrodisiac cookbooks, we've provided you with all the ingredients to help heat up more than just your stove. So grab an apron and get ready to "cook yourself sexy" with collections of romantic dinner recipes, sexy foods and even love poems.
Fork Me, Spoon Me: The Sensual Cookbook
Promising to stimulate more than just your taste buds, the cleverly titled Fork Me, Spoon Me: The Sensual Cookbook delivers proven potions for pleasure seekers. Using sultry, provocative language, this small volume by aphrodisiac queen Amy Reiley offers easy-to-follow recipes highlighting ingredients known for their arousal-inducing potential such as ginger root and saffron.
Table for Two: French Recipes for Romantic Dining
French writer Marianne Paquin's Table for Two is devoted entirely to gastronomic pleasure for couples. The recipes -- such as Tagliatelli in Cream with Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Pistachios, Olives and Parma Ham, and Strawberry Soup with Mascarpone and Pink Sugar -- are inspired and exciting but also sensibly grounded and definitely delicious. Whatever the season or occasion, think about using this book next time you set the table for two.
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
Lunch in Paris is a playful, feel-good book, one you can devour in just a few nights, while living vicariously through the young protagonist's adventures with love, lust and food -- lots of food! Who doesn't feel like just flying up and away to the city of love, and then falling in love with a handsome stranger and the country's incredible edible bounty?
Booty Food: A Date By Date, Nibble by Nibble, Course by Course Guide to Cultivating Love and Passion Through Food
Combining food and romance, Food Network personality and Angeleno Jacqui Malouf (along with writer Liz Gumbinner) penned Booty Food, "a date-by-date, course-by-course, nibble-by-nibble guide to cultivating love and passion through food." In more than 250 weighty and colorful pages, we journey through the life of a relationship, from First Date Eating, to The Marathon of Lust, to Everything Old is New Again. It's part dating manual, part therapist, part relationship advice and part bootylicious cookbook.
The New Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook
The New Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook takes you on an aphrodisiac journey of more than 135 sexy dishes ranging from traditional stimulants, such as oysters, chiles or artichokes, to lesser-known mood boosters such as black beans, basil and pine nuts. It's a delicious book for the kitchen, the coffee table and, of course, the bedroom.
The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations for Lovers
This little volume will get you in a playful mood in no time, with the help of seductive dishes such as "Pornish" game hen dressed up in orange, ginger and soy sauce or erotic ahi and mussels ménage a trois. We love the little bits of history and erotic lore and playful ideas for "fork-play."
Romancing the Stove: The Unabridged Guide to Aphrodisiac Foods
Unlike your typical unabridged guide, Romancing the Stove is short, sweet and sassy. From its libido-stoking recipes to its Dictionary of Desire, this playful tome will teach you and seduce you. The aphrodisiac ingredients of each recipe are highlighted alongside sexy serving suggestions. Although the collection contains some indulgent fare like creamy lemon custard cakes, the emphasis overall is on healthy eating.
Sweet Serendipity: Delicious Desserts and Devilish Dish
What's more romantic than serendipity (the idea of a "pleasant surprise" or "happy accident")? Although, to New Yorkers, Serendipity means the famous and whimsical general store, restaurant and dessertery named Serendipity 3, with Sweet Serendipity, you can have the best of both. Give your significant other their own pleasant surprise with one of the book's 75 fun desserts (e.g. Lemon Ice Box Pie or Cherry Pan Dowdy and Chocolate Chip Pizza) and a viewing of 2001's "Serendipity," a romantic comedy featuring the restaurant.
love, eric: Delicious Vegan Macrobiotic Desserts
Chef Eric Lechasseur started dabbling with microbiotics when his wife Sanae was diagnosed with cancer in 1993. Today, Sanae is well, and Lechasseur has cured himself of debilitating allergies. The former head pastry chef at Los Angeles macrobiotic mecca M Café de Chaya has published love, eric, a vegan, macrobiotic desserts cookbook that is a true love letter to this life-affirming approach.
Sustenance & Desire: A Food Lover's Anthology Of Sensuality & Humor
An opening by famous food writer M.F.K. Fisher, who is known to describe food the way others describe sex, sets the tone for the journey through Sustenance and Desire. More of a love letter to food than a cookbook, this compilation of poems and prose pieces complemented by paintings by the editor, Bascove, is a great read for literary gourmets and food-loving couples alike, and thus it earned a spot on our list!
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