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Top 10 Cookbooks for Lovers

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History is ripe with the human pursuit of aphrodisiacs in many forms, particularly food. Scientific tests have proven that some aromas can cause a greater effect on the body than the actual ingestion of foods. For any celebration of love, these books can help you plan and cook a romantic and sensual dinner for your loved one.

1. The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

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by Martha Hopkins, Randall Lockridge (Terrace Publishing)
Not many cookbooks can claim to be sexy as well as functional. This one brings sex to the kitchen in a classy, entertaining manner with not only more than 85 recipes, but also a collection of sensual food art. History, lore and recipes are all designed to get the saliva flowing as well as the blood. Hardback.

2. The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers

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by Diane Brown (Innova Publishing)
Become a kitchen god or goddess with not only recipes but also techniques. Get tips on setting the mood as well as delectible finger food starters, seductive entrees and side dishes, heavenly desserts, and late night snacks. Don't forget the morning after recipes. Peruse the love menu suggestions for any romantic occasion. Hardcover.

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3. 50 Ways to Feed Your Lover

by Janeen A. Sarlin & Jennifer Rosenfeld Saltiel (William Morrow and Co.)
Some of America's most famous restaurant and television chefs share their recipes to put you and your loved one in a romantic mood for any occasion whether it be birthday, anniversary, engagement, Valentine's Day or just because. The chef recipes are accompanied by their own personal experiences, anecdotes and tips. Hardcover.
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4. A Taste For Love : A Romantic Cookbook for Two

by Elizabeth M. Harbison and Mary McGowan (Random House)
Along with such recipes as Pleasantly Puffed Scallops and Chocolate Kahlua Souffle, this book also offers menus, decorating ideas, music suggestions, and poems. From perfect picnics to breakfast in bed, you're sure to find something to get that special someone in the mood. Hardcover.
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5. Fork Me, Spoon Me: The Sensual Cookbook

by Amy Reiley (Life of Reiley)
Author Amy Reiley is a Cordon-Bleu trained chef, and it shows in her recipes. As well as including over 40 sensual recipes sure to delight the foodie as well as novice, Reiley delves into the background of foods as aphrodisiacs and how to use them to your advantage for romance and fun. Paperback.

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6. Cooking in the Nude : Playful Gourmets

by Debbie and Stephen Cornwell (Howell Press)
This playful couple offers such recipes as Exotic Erotic Chicken, Sea Nymph Promise and Hanky Panky Greens. The flirtatious recipes are offered up with a good dose of humor. As the warning label states: Excessive use of this book may result in lack of sleep. Best to reserve these meals for those very special occasions. Paperback.
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7. Booty Food: A Date By Date, Nibble by Nibble, Course by Course Guide...

by Jaqui Malouf with Liz Gumbinner (Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA)
Malouf, former co-host of Hot off the Grill with Bobby Flay, shows off her sexy humor with her combination of romantic advice and tempting recipes covering all stages of the relationship from the first date to an established cozy couple. Over 70 recipes are included to keep the ardor alive. Ooh-la-la. Hardcover.

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8. Table For Two: The Cookbook For Couples

by Warren Caterson (Winfield & Scott Press)
Spending time together in the kitchen can be a very satisfying experience, but what if you don't want anything super-fancy or gourmet? If you want something that is tasty, fairly easy to prepare, and designed for couples with a minimum of leftovers, this is the book for you. Suitable for newlyweds to empty-nesters, the book covers basic techniques along with 235 recipes using fresh and easy to find ingredients. Paperback.

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9. Will Cook for Sex

by Rocky Fino (Stephens Press LLC)
The ladies always seem to be impressed by a guy who knows his way around the kitchen. With step-by-step photography, it's easy to cook a delectable meal for that someone special in your life. Ladies, this award-winning cookbook would make a great gift (and hint) for your man. Hardcover.

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10. Venus in the Kitchen : Or Loves Cookery Book

by Norman Douglas (Bloomsbury USA)
The famed witty author delves deeply into aphrodisiacs with wit and surpisingly sober interest in this volume. Even if some of the exotic ingredients (such as crane, leopard marrow or skink) are unavailable or don't quite seem appealing to the palate, the recipes are certainly interesting reading for the foodie who normally tries anything once. Paperback.
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