Food as Aphrodisiac: Top 9 Cookbooks for Lovers

Fun in the Kitchen Has Double Benefit

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 physical response than the actual ingestion of food. For any celebration of love, these cookbooks can help you plan and cook a romantic dinner for your partner.

  • 01 of 09

    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. Hardcover. By Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge. 

  • 02 of 09

    Become a kitchen god or goddess with both recipes and techniques. Get tips on setting the mood as well as delectable 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. By Diane Brown. 

  • 03 of 09

    Some of America's most famous restaurant and television chefs share their recipes to put you and your partner in a romantic mood for any occasion, whether it's a birthday, anniversary, engagement, Valentine's Day or just because. The chef recipes are accompanied by their own personal experiences, anecdotes, and tips. Hardcover. By Janeen A. Sarlin & Jennifer Rosenfeld Saltiel.

  • 04 of 09

    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. By Elizabeth M. Harbison and Mary McGowan.

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  • 05 of 09

    Author Amy Reiley is a Cordon-Bleu trained chef, and it shows in her recipes. As well as including more than 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. By Amy Reiley.

  • 06 of 09

    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 the lack of sleep. Best to reserve these meals for those very special occasions. Paperback. By Debbie and Stephen Cornwell. 

  • 07 of 09

    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. By Warren Caterson.

  • 08 of 09

    Women 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. This award-winning cookbook would make a great gift (and hint) for your man. Hardcover. By Rocky Fino.

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  • 09 of 09

    This famous witty author delves deeply into aphrodisiacs with wit and surprisingly sober interest in this volume. Even if some of the exotic ingredients (such as a crane or leopard marrow) 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. By Norman Douglas.