Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
86 Reviews

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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User Review  - D - Goodreads

sensuous, but without much direction or urgency. a fun, utterly forgettable ode to the body. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
28
Section 3
36
Section 4
72
Section 5
96
Section 6
109
Section 7
113
Section 8
118
Section 10
128
Section 11
159
Section 12
188
Section 13
208
Section 14
228
Section 15
239
Section 16
268
Copyright

Section 9
125

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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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