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The Passionate Palate
ISBN 034542543X / 9780345425430 / 0-345-42543-X
Publisher Ballantine Books
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In the course of every great romance, there's at least one great meal. Remember Grace Kelly offering Cary Grant a breast or thigh of chicken in To Catch a Thief? Or Albert Finney lasciviously grappling with both his dinner and his lover in Tom Jones? How about Kevin Costner throwing Susan Sarandon down amidst the milk and Cheerios for a spot of lovemaking on the kitchen table in Bull Durham? Art imitates life, after all, and these examples simply illustrate what we already know: love stimulates the senses, and even the most ordinary foods can become sensuous--even downright incendiary--when shared with the object of one's desire. However, as Lord Byron once said, "No one can live in a perpetual state of passion.... How would one find time to shave?" And it's true that with time, love's fevered pitch cools somewhat. As we settle into the routine of everyday life, all too often romance takes a back seat to painting the living room, getting the oil changed in the car, or signing Junior up for swimming lessons.
It doesn't have to be this way, says author Ailene Eberhard, who believes that love is in the details, and that with imagination and just a little more effort than it takes to slap together a meatloaf, you can create memorable, romantic meals that will remind both you and your partner of just why you're still together. In Passionate Palate, she offers 30 menus featuring more than 100 tried-and-true recipes that follow both the seasons and the natural changes that occur in relationships over time. From Rosemary and Garlic Lamb Chops in the garden to bouillabaisse served by the fire, Eberhard suggests meals and locales guaranteed to get you and your sweetheart in the mood for love. [via]