To Cook is to Love: A Foodies Journal

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By: John Verlinden

Foreplay begins in the kitchen – a primer on aphrodisiacs.

Valentine’s Day, 2010 – for two weeks you planned – fine wine, a light dinner … then, well you know what you wanted then. Things started so well; dinner was a big hit. But, when you dimmed the lights and leaned into your beloved for a kiss, instead of sweet nothings your ears got snores.

Sound familiar? Well, never again, dammit! Chef Johnny’s here with advice to ensure next time you throw an intimate dinner party; you get your hostess gift in the bedroom.  The answer, isn’t candy or flowers, it’s aphrodisiacs. And the formula’s simple: increase the aphrodisiacs in your meal, increase your chances. Suggesting you introduce aphrodisiacs into your cooking does not mean stirring a viagra-rhino horn-Spanish fly cocktail into your guest’s mashed potatoes. I want you to bring nature’s fresh aphrodisiacs into your kitchen.

Abundant and available everywhere, some even look the part. Take avocados, for example. The sexiest fruit alive – curvaceous shape, the big, hard pit embedded in silky flesh, that rich and decadent taste. I get hot and bothered just writing about them. Then there’s papayas – don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. And, how about peanuts – lip-shaped shell with two darling little nuts inside? Whew!

These gifts from nature nourish our bodies, excite the senses and enliven our minds.  Make them part of your regular diet.  That’s right; aphrodisiacs aren’t just for the other people – the poor wretch you wish to bend to your will. Aphrodisiacs are also for you.  They’ll make you hotter, sexier, and more irresistible. Think about it – we are what we eat!

Skeptics say: “no food can make me do something I don’t want to do.”  Well, of course not.  Natural aphrodisiacs just make you want to do it! Or, you’ll here: “there’s no scientific evidence that consumption of any food arouses warm feelings or stimulates naughty thoughts.” To this, I simply say it’s not what you have; it’s what you do with it.  A boiled potato isn’t an aphrodisiac, but a French fry can be a powerful one – especially when shared.

What’s your favorite aphrodisiac? Got a story to share? Drop me a line at or visit the food forum on my website:

Until next time – ¡Mucho Gusto!, ¡Muchas Gracias! y ¡Buen Provecho!