A collection of exotic and aphrodisiac recipes of varying complexity both for the kitchen and bedroom. Some are drawn from ancient Greece and Rome, ...Show synopsisA collection of exotic and aphrodisiac recipes of varying complexity both for the kitchen and bedroom. Some are drawn from ancient Greece and Rome, some from hearsay and some, it seems, from trial and error.Hide synopsis
Description:Near Fine. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. (UK) 12mo, illus wraps, xvi,...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 41/1.
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