Sabtu, 22 September 2012

Get It While It's Hot! The New Erotica Cuisine

Lately, there is more material about the connection between food and sexuality than ever before. Of course, writing on edible aphrodisiacs has been around for at least 3,000 years. The Kama Sutra, renowned 2000-year-old sex manual from India, contains tips on foods that enhance one's love life. There is an aphrodisiac recipe on an Egyptian papyrus that dates back to 1700 B.C. And the use of luscious fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce in the bedroom is not exactly a new concept.

But, recent compositions in novels, movies, articles, and web posts are demonstrating an increasing playfulness with this subject. And it is no longer about using food as occasional, exotic foreplay, or a naturalistic approach to healing sexual issues. Writers are exploring the correlation between the experience of food and sex. It's an easy line to draw between the two, considering that humans exhibit voracious appetites and a high level of creativity for both.

During more puritanical periods in our history, combining the pleasures of food and sex would be viewed as deviant and unacceptable. Even remarking on a vegetable's phallic shape, or making flirtatious suggestions about the many uses of butter would have been frowned upon. However, despite conservative disdain (then and now), people have always found humor and stimulation in erotic references to food.

For the past 50 years, this has been explored copiously in books, magazines, and movies. Consider these popular movies that all contained scenes where food and sex are lustily combined: Tom Jones (1963), Last Tango in Paris (1972), Tampopo (1985), 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), Henry and June (1990), Like Water for Chocolate (1992), American Pie (1999), Chocolate (2000), Woman on Top (2000), The Secretary (2002), I Am Love (2009), and Love & Other Drugs (2010). And consider this list of books that also reveal the correlation: The Mistress of Spices (1997, 1999); The Food of Love (2005); The Joy Luck Club (2006); Eat, Pray Love (2006); Comfort Food (2008); Hot in Here (2009); and Food for Love (2011). Undeniably, this has been a topic for our time.

Today, this approach is being further demonstrated, in a lighthearted way, through online articles and videos; as well as television cooking shows, and even cookbooks! This new "erotica cuisine" is everywhere. Searching the internet for "sexy food" or "romantic chef", presents an amazing array of related videos. From girls cooking in their underwear, to couples getting frisky on the floor covered in flour, the available material in the erotica cuisine style is abundant.

Some authors are obviously having fun with the subject; while some like are more serious. There are books like "Erotic Cuisine: A Natural History of Aphrodisiac Cookery" that are intended to be informative. And there are books that exemplify the humorous approach to erotica cuisine, such as the recipe eBook on this site,

In light of the developing erotica cuisine phenomenon, it is worth considering what cultural element benefits the most from this expanding examination of the connection between food and sex. Perhaps there is a social evolutionary process at work here; or perhaps it is a recurring fascination that appears in our cultural products from time to time to spark new creativity and inventiveness toward these two fundamental, survival-based elements.

Whatever the motivation for the prevalence of erotica cuisine, it is increasingly becoming an acceptable, mainstream approach to exploring both subjects. There is some controversy about the validity of this style of expression. Some noted writers, such as Stephen Poole (author of "You Aren't What You Eat"), have expressed their dissatisfaction with drawing a correlation between sexuality and food. However, since erotica cuisine is typically presented in a fun and lighthearted way, it is an approach that will, most likely, continue to be artistically developed and socially embraced.

Lorrie Tabar is a freelance writer with 18 years of experience as a proposal writer for the construction industry. She also has experience as a caregiver and a licensed massage therapist in Georgia. She indulges in movies, books, art, movies, and creative cooking.

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