'It is fitting, I think, that his last book should be as unserious and shameless as this collection of aphrodisiac recipes. With its air of scholarship, its blend of the practical and the wildly impractical, the crispness of its comments, this book will be one of my favourite Douglas's.' - Graham Greene VENUS IN THE KITCHEN is a delightful and ...
'It is fitting, I think, that his last book should be as unserious and shameless as this collection of aphrodisiac recipes. With its air of scholarship, its blend of the practical and the wildly impractical, the crispness of its comments, this book will be one of my favourite Douglas's.' - Graham Greene VENUS IN THE KITCHEN is a delightful and eccentric collection of aphrodisiac recipes. Here are dishes to seduce with and be seduced by - oysters with champagne, elderflower fritters and intoxicating love drinks, combined with fascinating recipes from antiquity to marvel at, from crane cooked with red wine to leopards marrow in goats milk. A classic, indispensable and utterly decadent book of recipes first published in 1952, Norman Douglas's VENUS IN THE KITCHEN is sure to put you in the mood for love.
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Near Fine. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. (UK) 12mo, illus wraps, xvi, 189pp, index. Douglas is best known for his novel SOUTH WIND and for his hedonistic life-style. When he died in 1952, he left behind this small cookery book which is "full of recipes to stiffen up the sinews and summon up the blood of gentlemen who fear their ardour may be fading..." The Introduction by Stephen Fry goes into some of Douglas' dalliances before praising the recipe for Almond Soup and passing over the recipe involving a sow's vulva. Elizabeth David mentions the book in an essay in AN OMELETTE AND A GLASS OF WINE: "...let nobody waste his time looking into (this book) for advice on love-potions. Not once in the entire book does Norman suggest that he regards the idea of aphrodisiac recipes as anything more than a jovial diversion....the book (is) a different kind of fun....that is of reading about the spices and wines and herbs, the fruit and flowers, the snails, the truffles, the birds, animals and parts of animals which went into the cooking pots...". NFine in soft-cover. (0.9 FO 34/1.
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