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Join Chef R.G. Emanuelle and sous chef Andi Marquette as they return to the kitchen to cook up another menu in their continuing quest to explore the sensuous qualities of food and illustrate how the act of preparing and eating it can engage much more than simply taste and smell. Food can become many things, from a gateway to greater intimacy to the creation or rediscovery of a connection. To help them in their quest, Andi and R.G. rounded up another group of cooks who created an array of dishes and meals, which they present to you here in a menu that ranges from sweet and romantic to sultry and seductive, from a relationship’s first tentative taste to the many layers of one that has simmered long and slow.
Each story also ends with a recipe. Some require cooking implements while others are whimsical accompaniments that don’t require cooking at all—at least not in the traditional sense. After all, food serves as more than sustenance—it’s a trigger for love, laughter, sex, pleasure, and carnal and sensory satisfaction. Whatever your palate prefers, you’re sure to find something tasty here.
The menu includes dishes by Andi Marquette, Brey Willows, Cheri Crystal, Cheyenne Blue, CK Combs, Emma Weimann, Jaye Markham, Jove Belle, Lea Daley, Liz McMullen , Marie Sterling, N.R. Dunham, Pascal Scott, R.G. Emanuelle, and Rebekah Weatherspoon.
Anthologies hold such highs and lows for me. I’m always excited to crack one open to see what tasty bits fall out. I love discovering an author either new or new-to-me who I can obsess over while looking for more written by them. And I absolutely love reading stories from authors I already stalk – um, I mean, follow. It’s like spending a little time with a beloved friend; you just know you’re going to enjoy it. I have to admit, reading the blurb about this book conjured images of food and sex – which I actually avoid – it’s messy, after all. But the idea of it is sensual and erotic. That isn’t exactly what I got in this volume. That isn’t to say that the stories weren’t good – I don’t think I read a story in the bunch that I didn’t like. But the flavor was heavily spiced with romance, not erotica. And I’m not sure that’s even a fair or accurate opinion. After all, it means different things to different people. But just like in a Thai restaurant where you order with a number letting them know how hot you want things, what may be a 3 to one person could be a 5 to another. I think I would have been much more content if the word ‘erotic’ hadn’t been in the tag line. That being said, the stories were full of romance and love and hope; they were all enjoyable and overall, I really liked the anthology.