An aphrodisiac cookbook

Front Cover

I’m a bit of a foodie, thanks to being influenced by some self-taught gourmets in my youth. When I saw that had a cookbook I’ve been coveting ever since spying it at a friend’s house, I eagerly requested it for review.

InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge is not just another compilation of recipes elegantly packaged. This book contains recipes featuring foods that are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.

InterCourses Back Cover

Back Cover

I actually received a copy of The New InterCourses, which is the revised and expanded 10th Anniversary edition, so while the front of my copy is similar to the original, the back cover is different.

The book starts off with a brief introduction and background information, which is really quite interesting. I normally skip over any preamble because I’m the type who wants to start drooling over the recipes as soon as possible, but this one is nice and short, as well as entertaining.

There are 19 chapters, each focusing on a different aphrodisiac, complete with a little background history as to why or how the food is believed to be capable of igniting passion, as well as gorgeous photographs of models wearing the featured ingredient.

While technically they’re nude, the food covers up the necessary body parts, so it’s all very artistic and tastefully done. I think the chapter covering booze has my favorite picture. I love this shot.

The New InterCourses features some ingredients that I never would have considered aphrodisiacs, like asparagus, artichokes, and black beans. Of course, the usual suspects are here: oysters, strawberries, chocolate, grapes, etc. The recipes vary in complexity quite a bit, from the quick and easy to those requiring more time and culinary skills.

InterCourses Ginger Chapter PhotoI suppose this is good in a way, as there’s something for everyone. There is also a resources section, which is very helpful, an aphrodisiac usage guide offering suggestions on how and when to use what, a page on making massage oils and salt scrubs, and an index. Yay! I love books with indexes.

So far, I’ve made three of the recipes, all with good results. The Chocolate Torte with Strawberries didn’t last long enough for me to even get a picture of it, but here’s the Cozy Vegetable Korma (my first effort at Indian cookery).

I also made the Chocolate-Almond truffles, which were the easiest truffles I’ve ever made, and these awesome delights are dairy free. I’m going to try the recipe with hazelnuts next time.

I quite like this cookbook, and I’m definitely looking forward to trying out more of the recipes, but I do think InterCourses is geared more for those who prefer to eat, think about, and look at pictures of food rather than those of us who enjoy cooking it. The reason I say this is because there are NO photos of the actual completed recipes.

While I don’t necessarily expect a full-color glossy of each dish in the book, a few here and there would be helpful as I like to know what I’m striving for. Also, there are no cook and prep time guidelines, which is another helpful element that’s missing. The recipes do list the yield, and quite a few of the recipes are scaled for 2-3 servings, which makes sense as they’re meant to be for a romantic evening of seduction, but others are family-sized.

If cooking isn’t really your thing, has plenty of other offerings to get you in the mood. As an online adult toy store, they also have a wide selection of erotica and instructional books that are well worth checking out.