Aphrodite by Isabel Allende
A Memoir of the Senses

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New York Times-bestselling author 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.


About Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende is the bestselling author of eleven works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young- adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with over 57 million copies sold. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.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.
Published January 14, 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Self Help, Cooking. Non-fiction

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An elegant grandmother ponders the erotic side of food and the most delicious aspects of eros.

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As always, her secret weapon is honesty: ""Some [aphrodisiacs] have a scientific basis, but most are activated by the imagination."" Allende's vivacity and wit are in full bloom as she makes her pronouncements: ""There are few virtues a man can possess more erotic than culinary skill"";

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It is about the essence of food, catching the food at the right moment and savoring its natural, naked, exposed form.

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Allende bolsters her own life vignettes with ingredients including an "Ode to Conger Chowder," the recipe for the classic coq au vin, a letter from Anais Nin to an anonymous man on the essence of eroticism, the symbolism of the forbidden fruits, discussion of the worded romance of Cyrano de Berge...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Novelist Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna) cannot separate eroticism from food.

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