The Sex Life of Food: When Body and Soul Meet to Eat

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Macmillan, Jan 24, 2006 - 260 pages
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"The sex life of food" doesn't mean that the strawberries have fallen in love with the oatmeal. It's a look at food--and sex--and how they go together in our daily lives much more often than we realize. There are so many ways that hunger and desire act on each other, and so many things that can influence our preferences. Not only are people moved by the taste, texture, and the shapes of the food they eat, but even the names of some dishes can kindle hunger--of both kinds--in some. As the author writes, "Sometimes cooking is foreplay, eating is making love, and doing the dishes is the morning after."

The many things Bunny Crumpacker shares with the readers of her fascinating book almost could have inspired her to write a novel, sending Adam and Eve (with their apple) traveling through history as the icons of our passions. Instead, she has gone far beyond the obvious to bring us unexpected and tantalizing knowledge of how much and in how many surprising ways we assuage our hunger for both food and sex and how where there's one, there is often the other. The result is a continued delight. There's history and humor, obvious connections and truly amazing ones. The author enlightens us on a myriad of topics, including food in fairy tales, what politicians eat, comfort food, and manners at the table.
But enough! There's too much to say. Turn the pages and let Bunny Crumpacker introduce you to The Sex Life of Food.

 

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Contents

Eating Secrets
3
The Sex Life of Food
23
Eating Styles
33
Sex in the Kitchen
43
Bedtime Snacks
53
Dinner in Bed
63
Love and Bread and Wedding Cakes 7 1
71
A Bun in the Oven
79
Mine Own Petard Some Inside Stories
121
The Restaurant Democracy
137
Chewing the Sound Bite Political Gastronomy
159
The Civilizing Process Manners at the Table
175
Immortal Meal Cannibalism
195
The Big Apple
233
A Few Relevant Recipes
241
Index
249

FairyTale Food
83
Comfort Me With ApplesComfort Food
107

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About the author (2006)

Bunny Crumpacker, a New York native, has been a professional caterer, editor, newspaper columnist, and school public relations officer. She is the author of two books based on food and recipe pamphlets issued from 1875 to 1950 - a chronicle of American cooking in those years. She and her husband, a record producer, live in the Hudson River Valley region, just north of New York City.


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