Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Under the aegis of the Goddess of Love, Isabel Allende uses her storytelling skills brilliantly in Aphrodite to evoke the delights of food and sex. After considerable research and study, she has become an authority on aphrodisiacs, which include everything from food and drink to stories and, of course, love. Readers will find here recipes from Allende's mother, poems, stories from ancient and foreign literatures, paintings, personal anecdotes, fascinating tidbits on the sensual art of food and its effects on amorous performance, tips on how to attract your mate and revive flagging virility, passages on the effect of smell on libido, a history of alcoholic beverages, and much more.

An ode to sensuality that is an irresistible blend of memory, imagination and the senses, Aphrodite is familiar territory for readers who know her fiction.

  

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Delicious, sensual, funny and well researched read! - Goodreads
A very sensual read - and some great recipes too. - Goodreads
Mystical fiction writing meets The Food Network. - Goodreads
Great illustrations too!!! - Goodreads
The artwork is also enchanting. - Goodreads
Great recipes, interspersed with humorous commentary. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Pamelangeles - LibraryThing

This is a very interesting book wich relates us to the incredible world of afrodisiacs, such as spcies, food and way of thinking primarly. I realy enjoyed this book, it is a fresh story telling. food ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
36
Section 3
54
Section 4
67
Section 5
96
Section 6
109
Section 7
113
Section 8
118
Section 13
188
Section 14
203
Section 15
205
Section 16
208
Section 17
227
Section 18
228
Section 19
235
Section 20
243

Section 9
125
Section 10
128
Section 11
144
Section 12
159
Section 21
267
Section 22
268
Copyright

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Page 52 - Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits, camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices: A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.
Page 158 - Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
Page 31 - And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
Page 52 - His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely.
Page 152 - He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples : For I am sick of love.
Page 10 - I repent of my diets, the delicious dishes rejected out of vanity, as much as I lament the opportunities for making love that I let go by because of pressing tasks or puritanical virtue.
Page 99 - Dear Collector: We hate you. Sex loses all its power and magic when it becomes explicit, mechanical, overdone, when it becomes a mechanistic obsession. It becomes a bore. You have taught us more than anyone else I know how wrong it is not to mix it with emotion, hunger, desire, lust, whims, caprices, personal ties, deeper relationships which change its color, flavor, rhythms, intensities.
Page 106 - Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred, then another thousand, then a second hundred, then yet another thousand, then a hundred.
Page 294 - Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the noodles are tender, about another 25 minutes.

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About the author (1999)

Isabel Allende is the author of nine novels, translated into more than twenty-seven languages, including the New York Times bestsellers InÉs of My Soul, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

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Nacida en PerÚ y criada en Chile, Isabel Allende es la autora de nueve novelas incluyendo mÁs recientemente Zorro, Retrato en Sepia, Hija de la Fortuna e InÉs del Alma MÍa. TambiÉn ha escrito cuentos cortos, tres libros autobiogrÁficos incluyendo Mi PaÍs Inventado y Paula, y una trilogÍa de libros para jÓvenes. Sus libros han sido traducidos a mÁs de 27 idiomas y son bestsellers a travÉs del mundo entero. En 2004, fue nombrada a la Academia de Artes y Letras de los Estados Unidos. Vive en California.

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