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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  3,147 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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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إن وقعت في الحب

سأقرأ الكتاب إيزابيل


Mar 06, 2008 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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..

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


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
Jul 19, 2007 Casey rated it 1 of 5 stars
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.
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.
Bader Al-Shaibani
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 .
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
Emily Peck
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.
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...more
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!
Bobbi Miller
Interesting compilation of stories about aphrodisiacs and related topics.
Qualche momento godibile, ma nell'insieme non mi ha entusiasmato.
Kira McGann
Very sensual reading.
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...more
Alana Hughes
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

The book is a sensual delight when Allende sticks to her thesis that we should all allow ourselves to indulge our carnal appetites without guilt.

However, too often she strays away from her own point and ends up way far out in the weeds on tangents about death, violence and inequalities that killed the mood faster than consuming three day old oysters.

The book needed a firm editor / reviewer / co-author / someone / anyone at the helm to keep her on course, which would have resulted in an amazing...more
Guadalupe Reed
Entretenido y con buenas recetas que se antojan

El libro tiene muchas anecdotas muy entretenidas y divertidas.
Disfrute mucho del sentido del humor de la Sra. Allende y de su estilo de escribir, que, como siempre me ha pasado con todos sus libros que he leido, termino con muy buen sabor de boca.
Recomiendo el libro ampliamente, aun si el objetivo final no es el de realzar el sentido afrodisiaco o erotico en la relacion de pareja.
May 11, 2008 Tori rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: carol
Shelves: non-fiction
Yay! My first "traveling book"! I alway wanted to find one, and finally I did. (See to learn about traveling books.) I even have the opportunity to "release" it thousands of miles away from where I obtained it.

Anyway, Aphrodite is not the type of book I normally would even look at, but I did enjoy it a lot, so the traveling book concept did its job. The book is a collection of essays and recipes exploring the idea of aphrodisiacs, though you won't get that from reading the c...more
Ismaa Khan
Isabel Allende is one of my most favorite writers. She is witty, sarcastic, wise and funny, her words are eloquent, her stories memorable.

Aphrodite was the first book I ever read by her and it was bought as a special treat for me many years ago, and now re-reading it I feel vilified that it was money well spent. After this book I was determined to find her other books and have become a great fan of her novels.

This particular book is nonfiction, a memoir of aphrodisiac foods, or the connection b...more
Sep 29, 2007 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Open-minded readers
I have to confess that I didn't read every word of the memoir portion of the book; parts of it were tedious. Allende has a scintillating storytelling style that's addictive, but she tends to sound preachy and didactic at times.

The book is basically a manual for enhancing your culinary and love lives, both physical and emotional. She covers every aphrodisiac known to man, across cultures and ages (crickets? wasps? snake blood? All included!) and ultimately concludes that the best aphrodisiac is b...more
Jan 14, 2013 Derek rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel
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, stories from ancient and foreign literatures, paintings, personal anecdotes, fascinating tidbits on the sensual art of food and i...more
Aliaa Talaat
كتاب فى موضوع فانتازى بيدفعك للأبتسام فى أوقات كتير و بيدخل تفاصيل عائلية لطيفة فى النص ..
الكتاب بيتكلم عن علاقة الأكل بالعلاقات العاطفية من الاخر كله هرى مالوش لازمة ..
لكن بجد خفة دم الكاتبة خلت الكتاب فى المجمل لطيف ومعقول ..
فيه كمية وصفات كتير بس كلها فيها خمور طبعا عشان كده جزء الوصفات مريت عليه مرور الكرام الجزء الاول كان الامتع بالنسبة لى ..
One of my favorite writers and one of my favorite books. Even if you don't like food (I don't know who that would be) this book will delight you and touch you and make your heart swell like a hazelnut, too big for it's own shell.
I'm a huge Isabel Allende fan. Believe in the bond of cooking and its important connection to special people in your life? READ THIS. On my 'special cookbook' book shelf for a 'must have.
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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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