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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Aphrodite by Isabel Allende. Robert Shekter Illustrator. Panchita Llona Recipe Creator. New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende celebrates the pleasures of the sensual life in this rich, joyful and slyly humorous book, a combination of personal narrative and treasury of erotic lore.

Under the aegis of the Goddess of Love, Isabel Allende uses her storytelling skills brilliantly in Aphrodite to evoke the delights of food an New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende celebrates the pleasures of the sensual life in this rich, joyful and slyly humorous book, a combination of personal narrative and treasury of erotic lore.

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 foodand 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 7th by HarperVia first published December 29th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Aphrodite , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. Feb 25, Anne rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: foodies, nymphomaniacs, people who like their English prose translated from Spanish.

If you're looking for an aphrodisiac manual, a Vegas wedding chapel for your inner Britney Spears, look somewhere else. As some reviewers have pointed out, almost every food item on the planet is considered to have erotic connotations to Allende, be they visual, olfactory or legendary, she can make it seem sexy. This is because it's not a serious attempt to prove or disprove aphrodisiac qualities of food, it is, as the title states, a memoir of the senses, a scrapbook of sensuality, and Allende c If you're looking for an aphrodisiac manual, a Vegas wedding chapel for your inner Britney Spears, look somewhere else.

This is because it's not a serious attempt to prove or disprove aphrodisiac qualities of food, it is, as the title states, a memoir of the senses, a scrapbook of sensuality, and Allende considers cooking and eating to be sensual activities.

Read this book and its poetery, short stories, anecdotes, legends, and yes, recipes, and you may come to agree, even if you're not a foodie or an honest pig. Frankly, a lot of the recipes are so rich, involved and time-consuming that they could replace actual sex, with all the energy and time spent making and tasting them I'm not sure I could even eat once done, much less do anything else.

It's about zest for life, though; read it after Paula to appreciate Allende's correlation between various forms of appetite and life. She says herself in the intro that when she began to dream of food she knew she was healing after her daughter's death, and this scrapbook of tastes and flavors and textures is as close to embracing life as you can get.

Plus, there's a freakin' awesome mushroom soup recipe on page , and you can read the excerpt including it at: IsabelAllende. Jul 19, Casey rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no-one. Shelves: thingsitriedtoread.

I tried to read this because it came recommeded from a friend with impeccable taste. Yeah, not so mcuh with this. It tried to hard to be sexy in a Nigella Lawson way, and just came off like a desperate middle aged, sex starved housewife.

While this may be the demographic they're going for it just sat all wrong with me. It felt a bit like buying sexy knickers with your mum. View all 3 comments.

Apr 03, kate added it. Even though I have forgotten her I continue to eat plum after plum. I remember plums I have eaten with more eroticism than I remember the mussel tongued kissers of my life and, unfortunately, most of this book. View 2 comments. Jan 23, Joana Augusto rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. Isabell Allende is my favorite writer. This is the one book of hers I haven't tried reading because I thought it was just a cookbook.

An aphrodisiac cookbook, but still It's actually a really good essay on what are aphrodisiacs, and how they are viewed in different times, and even in different cultures.

Also, her amazing writing is still very obvious, even if it's not in magic realism form. She's as witty and sarcastic as ever. I haven't gone through all the recipes yet, but there's some I want Isabell Allende is my favorite writer. I haven't gone through all the recipes yet, but there's some I want to take note of, that's for sure.

View 1 comment. Oct 22, Erin rated it it was ok. This was a strange book. Fascinating at times, dull at others, and occasionally plain puzzling as in, where IS she going with this?

The best way to sum it up is a medley of anecdotes, myths, and personal experiences all regarding food and its role in love, romance, and decidedly kinkier ventures. Aphrodisiacs, if you will. I did love Allende's sauciness and odd split personality--very accepting of people's oddities on one hand, and slyly judgmental on the other hand.

By the time I got through This was a strange book. By the time I got through the stories and the exhaustive lists of all foods ever possibly considered to be aphrodisiacs whether by virtue of chemical powers or crude visual insinuations , I must admit that I was too worn out to bother looking through the allegedly rigorously tested recipes at the end of the book, written by Allende's mother.

I think the book served more to convince me that the mythical power of aphrodisiacs is a bunch of bunk, rather than a tantalizing possibility. Aug 10, Carrie Honaker rated it liked it Shelves: food-writing-and-cookbooks. That is the only word I can think of to describe this novel. It defintely has the Allende flavor of magical realism and picturesque description. I picked it up thinking it was a food memoir, but it is more of an exploration of the connection between food, sex and love.

The recipes are her grandmothers'and you can feel the familial connection in the pages. The chapter describing the advice to her stepson on dating was downright funny and quite erotic. I liked the book, but it is not my favor Hot. I liked the book, but it is not my favorite Allende novel.

It moves a little slow in parts. It is provocative and entertaining for a fun read, it just takes a little while to get through. Mar 28, Maria Velkova rated it liked it. Gosh, it is slow to read this book Jan 03, Rachel Helms rated it really liked it.

Isabel Allende is a deliciously entertaining, no-bullshit writer and cook. After reading this memoir, I want not only to read her other works, but to cook a 5-course dinner with her aphrodisiac-centered, of course.

Nov 26, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: reads. Allende brings her own special brand of magical realism to this catalogue of aphrodisiacs and erotic lore, interspersing recipes and historical trivia with stories of love and sex from her life and the lives of the famous lovers of the past.

Less prurient than passionate, even the book itself is a sensuous experience, printed as it is on heavy paper and lushly illustrated. To be sampled, savored, or devoured, as the mood strikes. Jan 18, Emily Peck rated it really liked it. This is a very seductive book.

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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 foodand 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. I enjoyed the recipes, some stories but the rest of the short stories and tales were horrific to me and quite sexual. I found it exaggerated and inordinate. Not my cup of tea.

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Isabel Allende's collection of recipes is less wistfully innocent. Her model for Aphrodite is not the pastoral idyll, but the erotic manual. She recommends dishes which are spiced to incite desire, and offers catering tips for orgies. Mussels, resembling the female genitals, are recommended as titbits.

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