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Under the aegis of the Goddess of Love, Isabel Allende uses her storytelling skills brilliantly in Aphrodite to evoke the delights of food and sex. After considerable research and study, she has become an authority on aphrodisiacs, which include everything from food and drink to stories and, of course, love. Readers will find here recipes from Allende's mother, poems, sto ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 1999 by Harper Perennial (first published 1997)
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Huda Yahya
Apr 13, 2013 Huda Yahya marked it as to-consider  ·  review of another edition
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إن وقعت في الحب

سأقرأ الكتاب إيزابيل

وعـــــــــــــــد

:)
Anne
Mar 06, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: foodies, nymphomaniacs, people who like their English prose translated from Spanish
If you're looking for an aphrodisiac manual, a Vegas wedding chapel for your inner Britney Spears, look somewhere else. As some reviewers have pointed out, almost every food item on the planet is considered to have erotic connotations to Allende, be they visual, olfactory or legendary, she can make it seem sexy.

This is because it's not a serious attempt to prove or disprove aphrodisiac qualities of food, it is, as the title states, a memoir of the senses, a scrapbook of sensuality, and Allende c
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Shaimaa Ali
Oct 02, 2015 Shaimaa Ali rated it really liked it
الجميلة إيزابيل الليندى وكتاب عن الأفروديات .. الحب .. والطعام

تصورت أن الكتاب يحوى حكايات أيروسية فقط ولكنه كان رحلة ممتعة .. انقسم الكتاب إلى قسمين ، فى الجزء الأول ألهفت الليندى خيال ووجدان القارىء بقصص شائقة عبر التاريخ وحتى من خلال حكاياتها الشخصية . فى الجزء الثانى مزجت ذلك كله بوصفات أمها الخبيرة بالطهو ولم تترك فرعاً إلا وقدمت فيه العديد من الوصفات الأفروديتية ..

كتاب ممتع وفريد .. جميل أن تُرجم إلى العربية

أخيراً:

أن الشيء الافروديتي الوحيد هو الحب. ما من شيء يستطيع أن يوقف العاطفة المتأج
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Casey
Jul 19, 2007 Casey rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no-one
I tried to read this because it came recommeded from a friend with impeccable taste. Yeah, not so mcuh with this.

It tried to hard to be sexy in a Nigella Lawson way, and just came off like a desperate middle aged, sex starved housewife. While this may be the demographic they're going for it just sat all wrong with me. It felt a bit like buying sexy knickers with your mum.
ريفيّة
يبدو هذا الكتاب رفيقاً استثنائياً للمرأة.. باقةٌ عظيمة من أسرار النساء الأفروديتيات.. مكمّلٌ حميمٌ لهنّ في تقاسيم الليل والنهار، ملهمٌ روحاني وجسدي.. مادي ومعنوي، في كل مكان يمكن أن تتواجد فيه المرأة..
جُل ما دارت أفلاكه حوله؛ أن "الحياة امرأة" كما قال نيتشه..

طَيْف
Dec 28, 2012 طَيْف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أوقفت ترددي لمئات المرات...وهأنذا أكتب...
فرغم أنه من الكتب التي نحرص على تبادلها سرا، والحديث عنها همسا..ولكن لغة إيزابيل الراقية وأسلوبها الفريد الساخر المرح، ومعلوماتها الكثيرة، وفلسفتها الرائعة، وتجاربها الشخصية المنثورة هنا وهناك،وسحر كلماتها، شجعتني على كتابة مراجعة للكتاب، بل والتشجيع على قراءته...خاصة لمن قدمته إيزابيل لهم

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في كتابها حصيلة الأيام تحدثت إيزابيل بتشويق عن كتاب أفروديت، الذي كتبته كما تقول في مذكراتها بعد رحلتها للأمازون، وتقول ان ما رأته في تلك الرحلة ألهب مخيلتها وجعلها تنهي
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Erin
Oct 18, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
This was a strange book. Fascinating at times, dull at others, and occasionally plain puzzling (as in, where IS she going with this?). The best way to sum it up is a medley of anecdotes, myths, and personal experiences all regarding food and its role in love, romance, and decidedly kinkier ventures. Aphrodisiacs, if you will. I did love Allende's sauciness and odd split personality--very accepting of people's oddities on one hand, and slyly judgmental on the other hand.

By the time I got through
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بثينة العيسى

ما الذي يجعل الروائية التشيلية إيزابيل الليندي تجنح إلى توثيق عشرات الوصفات التي تستهدف إحياء الإيروسية في العالم؟ المغامرة؟ التجديد؟ أم الإحساس بالمسئولية إزاء علم شفاهي تتداوله الأفواه وتترفع عنه الأوراق؟

الكتاب بأي حال تجربة شيقة وممتعة للقراءة.
بدر الشيباني
Well, ايزابيل تقدم دليل ارشادات لقلب الرجل والمرأة على حد سواء ... عن طريق وصفات افروديتيه كما اسمتها ، طعام يقودنا الى الشبق مباشرة .

هذا الكتاب صالح لكل الازمنة ، لكل الفئات العمرية ...
كما انه يجب ان يقدم مع عقود الزواج في مجتمعاتنا الشرقية .
Yazeed AlMogren
كتاب تحكي فيه ايزابيل اللندي عن فلسفتها في الروائح والطبخ وأشياء شخصية آخرى، كثير من وصفات الطبخ في هذا الكتب أعتقد بأنه يناسب النساء المهتمات بالطبخ أكثر ومن يرغب بقراءة شيء عن ايزابيل
Hawra
Apr 06, 2012 Hawra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هناك عدة نقاط أحب أن أبينها قبل أن أبدأ في كتابة التعليق عن الكتاب، أولاً وللأمانة، لم أقرأ الكتاب كله لأني اجتزت الجزئية الأخيرة التي تتحدث عن الوصفات حيث إنّي حينما تصفحت بعضاً منها وجدتها لا تهمني واقعاً كونها تتضمن غالباً "مشروبات روحية" أو مكونات من "الخنزير" وكلاهما محرّم في الشريعة الإسلامية ولا أعتقد في الواقع بأنّ الوصفات ستنجح إذا ما أخللنا بالمكونات الأساسية. ثانياً، لست من أولئك الذين يقضون وقتهم في المطبخ حالياً، ولكني في المقابل أحب تفعيل حواسي مع المكونات كالخضار والفاكهة وصنع بعض ...more
kate
Feb 15, 2010 kate added it
i don't think this was the allende book i should have read first when i decided i wanted to explore latin american literature and magical realism in particular. i love the concept of food/sensuality/feminine/spice and enjoy other books on the topic.

however, the book did not quite translate into what i expected.

for example, there is a description comparing a lover's kiss to a 'mussel inserted in your mouth' which reminded me of the worst kissers in my life (thus far & hopefully ever) - zoomin
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Carrie
Aug 14, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it
Hot. That is the only word I can think of to describe this novel. It defintely has the Allende flavor of magical realism and picturesque description. I picked it up thinking it was a food memoir, but it is more of an exploration of the connection between food, sex and love. The recipes are her grandmothers'and you can feel the familial connection in the pages. The chapter describing the advice to her stepson on dating was downright funny and quite erotic. I liked the book, but it is not my favor ...more
Joana Augusto
Jan 30, 2011 Joana Augusto rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Isabell Allende is my favorite writer. This is the one book of hers I haven't tried reading because I thought it was just a cookbook. An aphrodisiac cookbook, but still...

It's actually a really good essay on what are aphrodisiacs, and how they are viewed in different times, and even in different cultures.

Also, her amazing writing is still very obvious, even if it's not in magic realism form. She's as witty and sarcastic as ever.

I haven't gone through all the recipes yet, but there's some I want
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Jennifer
Nov 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
Should be read in bed aloud to one's lover as s/he applies the whipped cream. Allende brings her own special brand of magical realism to this catalogue of aphrodisiacs and erotic lore, interspersing recipes and historical trivia with stories of love and sex from her life and the lives of the famous lovers of the past. Less prurient than passionate, even the book itself is a sensuous experience, printed as it is on heavy paper and lushly illustrated. To be sampled, savored, or devoured, as the m ...more
Fionna Guillaume
Jan 11, 2016 Fionna Guillaume rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud the first time I read this book. Isabel Allende has hilarious anecdotes and writes with such spot-on, amusing descriptions, it's impossible not to love each of them. She ties in personal stories and snippets of history with her analysis of various aphrodisiac foods, liberally seasoning the whole thing with her special wisdom. My favorite quote: "Among the few things that men and women have in common is sex and food." And thank goodness for those! I am a huge Isabel Allende fan ...more
Emily Peck
Jan 21, 2008 Emily Peck rated it really liked it
This is a very seductive book. As a combintion of cook book, food history book, and dictionary of adphrodisiacs; this book serves as a very informative and useful tool in many areas of our lives ( if you catch my drift). It is also very beautifully written and has lovely artwork within it. I have used this book as research for school as well as for my personal ventures and have never regretted purchasing it. If the sensualty of food is important to your pallete then this book is a must.
Sarar
Feb 16, 2014 Sarar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
فعلا كانت تجربة ممتعة قراءة هذا الكتاب الاستثنائي للروائية إيزابيل الليندي , فهو يختلف عن كل ما كتبته في مسيرتها ككاتبة, فهو مجموعة من الوصفات لأطباق ايروسية مكتوبة بطريقة ساخرة وهزلية و ممتعة , لولا حس الفكاهة الذي لدى إيزابيل لكان هذا الكتاب كتاب طهوآخر منسي في إحدى زوايا البيت , بلا شك اكثر اقتباس أعجبني هو التالي:
" زهرة اللاتنسني هي زهرة المنفى بالنسبة إليز حين كان من نصيبي ان اغادر بلدي بعد الانقلاب العسكري عام 1973 لم أستطع أن أحمل معي إلا أشياء قليلة جداز بقي في تشيلي جدي وحماتي التي كنت
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Chiara Tinelli
Da devota lettrice di Isabel Allende, devo ammettere che questo "esperimento di cucina afrodisiaca" mi ha lasciata piuttosto indifferente.
L'idea di partenza (raccogliere ricette, racconti e aneddoti afrodisiaci) era intrigante, così come far collaborare una scrittrice di fama con un amico illustratore, una editor nostalgica e una cuoca vecchio stampo.
Il risultato però, forse a causa dei troppi spunti e dell'organizzazione caotica delle idee, è un'insipida zuppa riscaldata, in cui si confondono i
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Karen Wellsbury
Jan 17, 2016 Karen Wellsbury rated it really liked it
A combination of an essay on the eroticism of food, and a cookery book.
The essay is beautifully written and the writing sensual, reflecting both Allende's style and the subject matter.
The recipes are a bit hit and miss frankly.
Melanie
Oct 06, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Delicious, sensual, funny and well researched read! One to dip in every now and then just for fun and inspiration to concoct that special meal to seduce an object of desire... :-)
Great cookbook too!
سارة الخضير
شيق ممتع غير تقليدي
روح الليندي المرحة كالعادة تقفز بين السطور
معلومات قيمة يحويها الكتاب
مستمتعة بالقراءة وبالصور وبالوصفات العجيبة حتى الآن
dalya  dalya

على العكس من الرجال الذين يفكرون بالهدف فقط ، فاننا نحن النساء نفكر بالطقوس والطريق



هذا هو خلاصة ما استوعبته من الكتاب
Valeria Scotti
Jul 16, 2015 Valeria Scotti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mi pento delle diete, dei piatti prelibati rifiutati per vanità, come mi rammarico di tutte le occasioni di fare l'amore che ho lasciato correre... Non posso separare l'erotismo dal cibo e non vedo nessun buon motivo per farlo; al contrario, ho intenzione di continuare a godere di entrambi fino a quando le forze e il buon umore me lo consentiranno. Da qui nasce l'idea di questo libro, un viaggio senza carta geografica attraverso le regioni della memoria sensuale, là dove i confini tra l'amore e ...more
Bobbi Miller
Oct 12, 2012 Bobbi Miller rated it really liked it
Interesting compilation of stories about aphrodisiacs and related topics.
Fania Martinez
May 05, 2015 Fania Martinez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
"Me arrepiento de las dietas, de los platos deliciosos rechazados por vanidad, tanto como lamento las ocasiones de hacer el amor que he dejado pasar por ocuparme de tareas pendientes o por virtud puritana... la sexualidad es un componente de la buena salud, inspira la creación y es parte del camino del alma... Por desgracia, me demoré treinta años en descubrirlo".

No es el mejor libro de Isabel Allende, pero entretiene. Obvio, si nos ponemos a comparar con otras obras, pues sale perdiendo. Confie
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Ginny_1807
Qualche momento godibile, ma nell'insieme non mi ha entusiasmato.
Kira McGann
Sep 04, 2015 Kira McGann rated it really liked it
Very sensual reading.
Mikol
Jul 04, 2007 Mikol rated it it was amazing
Pink Steam

I organized a small dinner group around this book.

We would get together and share the buying of food and preparing the dinner. Eventually we expanded the menu to other recipes found elsewhere.

There is a recipe for cornish hens in a rose sauce that takes up one of the chapters and that was one of the meals we prepared.

The night of the dinner we began with each of us taking turns reading from the chapter that contained the recipe for the hens in rose sauce.

The recipe called for grinding
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Alana Hughes
Mar 13, 2014 Alana Hughes rated it it was amazing
The book really was a lesson in love and many types at that. I started reading it when I was in high school. Perhaps the information was beyond my years at the time but it opened up an inner fascination for me that to this day I still have. I can't let go of my need to find ways to please not only myself but whoever I give myself to and not even in a sexual manner. It could be a meal that a give to someone I love that I've filled with love. And Allende has made it okay to be a sexy cook
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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at s ...more
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