There are so many wonderful, inspiring, informative, and humorous books on cooking, the art of seduction, entertaining, and practically any “how-to” book you can imagine. I’ve assembled a few, many of which are in my collection. These books will help you get through your first home-cooked meal together, help you select seductive dishes for any occasion and provide tips on entertaining and how to plate your dish. There is also a selection of books on the art and magic of using spices and aphrodisiacs in your dishes. Hey, a little gastronomical alchemy never hurt anyone!

Seduction

Jacqui Malouf: Booty Food: A Date By Date, Nibble by Nibble, Course by Course Guide to Cultivating Love and Passion Through Food

Booty Food: A Date By Date, Nibble by Nibble, Course by Course Guide to Cultivating Love and Passion Through Food

Jacqui Malouf

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Alexandra Angle: Cocktail Parties With a Twist: Drink + Food + Style

Cocktail Parties With a Twist: Drink + Food + Style

Alexandra Angle

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Drew Campbell: Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook (Cookbooks)

Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook (Cookbooks)

Drew Campbell

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Ben Reed: Cool Cocktails: The Hottest New Drinks and the Best of the Classics

Cool Cocktails: The Hottest New Drinks and the Best of the Classics

Ben Reed

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Allana Baroni: Flirtini: A Guide to Mixing and Mingling

Flirtini: A Guide to Mixing and Mingling

Allana Baroni

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Ellen Albertson: Food As Foreplay: Recipes for Romance, Love and Lust

Food As Foreplay: Recipes for Romance, Love and Lust

Ellen Albertson

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Amy Reiley: Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook

Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook

Amy Reiley

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Max Sussman: Freshman in the Kitchen: From Clueless Cook to Creative Chef

Freshman in the Kitchen: From Clueless Cook to Creative Chef

Max Sussman

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Robert Fried: Great Food, Great Sex: The Three Food Factors for Sexual Fitness

Great Food, Great Sex: The Three Food Factors for Sexual Fitness

Robert Fried

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Rudy Sodamin: Seduction and Spice: 130 Recipes for Romance

Seduction and Spice: 130 Recipes for Romance

Rudy Sodamin

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Garth Fuller: The Chick Magnet Cookbook: More Than Seventy Seductive Recipes to Get Your Sex Life Sizzling

The Chick Magnet Cookbook: More Than Seventy Seductive Recipes to Get Your Sex Life Sizzling

Garth Fuller

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Christina Moles Kaupp: The Erotic Cookbook

The Erotic Cookbook

Christina Moles Kaupp

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Ryan O'Horn: The Loin King: 366 sexy and uplifting aphrodisiacs to answer the call of the wild

The Loin King: 366 sexy and uplifting aphrodisiacs to answer the call of the wild

Ryan O'Horn

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Martha Hopkins: The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

Martha Hopkins

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Diane Brown: The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers

The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers

Diane Brown

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Bunny Crumpacker: The Sex Life of Food: When Body and Soul Meet to Eat

The Sex Life of Food: When Body and Soul Meet to Eat

Bunny Crumpacker

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Norman Douglas: Venus in the Kitchen: Or Love's Cookery Book

Venus in the Kitchen: Or Love's Cookery Book

Norman Douglas

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Nicole Alper: Wild Women in the Kitchen: 101 Rambunctious Recipes & 99 Tasty Tales

Wild Women in the Kitchen: 101 Rambunctious Recipes & 99 Tasty Tales

Nicole Alper

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Rocky Fino: Will Cook for Sex: A Guy's Guide to Cooking

Will Cook for Sex: A Guy's Guide to Cooking

Rocky Fino

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Alex Hilebronner: Win Her With Dinner

Win Her With Dinner

Alex Hilebronner

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Cookbooks

Taste of Home: The Taste of Home Cookbook: Cooks Who Care

The Taste of Home Cookbook: Cooks Who Care

Taste of Home

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Barbara Lynch: Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition

Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition

Barbara Lynch

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Thomas Keller: Ad Hoc at Home

Ad Hoc at Home

Thomas Keller

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Gino D'Acampo: Buonissimo!: Italian Food Has Never Been So Sexy

Buonissimo!: Italian Food Has Never Been So Sexy

Gino D'Acampo

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International Culinary Center: The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts

The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts

International Culinary Center

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Mary Ann Esposito: Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes from an Italian Kitchen

Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes from an Italian Kitchen

Mary Ann Esposito

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Mario Batali: The Babbo Cookbook

The Babbo Cookbook

Mario Batali

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Giada De Laurentiis: Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

Giada De Laurentiis

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Johnny Iuzzini: Dessert FourPlay

Dessert FourPlay

Johnny Iuzzini

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Brigit Legere Binns: Breakfast (Williams-Sonoma Collection  N.Y.)

Breakfast (Williams-Sonoma Collection N.Y.)

Brigit Legere Binns

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Culinary Institute of America: Gourmet Meals in Minutes

Gourmet Meals in Minutes

Culinary Institute of America

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Rick Tramonto: Amuse-Bouche: Little Bites That Delight Before the Meal Begins

Amuse-Bouche: Little Bites That Delight Before the Meal Begins

Rick Tramonto

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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA): Hors d'Oeuvre at Home with The Culinary Institute of America

Hors d'Oeuvre at Home with The Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

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Julia Child: Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home

Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home

Julia Child

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Kevin Garvin: Neiman Marcus Cookbook

Neiman Marcus Cookbook

Kevin Garvin

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Jim Stott: Stonewall Kitchen Favorites: Delicious Recipes to Share with Family and Friends Every Day

Stonewall Kitchen Favorites: Delicious Recipes to Share with Family and Friends Every Day

Jim Stott

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James A. Beard: The James Beard Cookbook

The James Beard Cookbook

James A. Beard

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Celia Brooks Brown: Vegetable Sides

Vegetable Sides

Celia Brooks Brown

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Scott Linquist: Mod Mex: Cooking Vibrant Fiesta Flavors at Home

Mod Mex: Cooking Vibrant Fiesta Flavors at Home

Scott Linquist

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Gourmet Magazine Editors: The Best of Gourmet: Sixty-five Years, Sixty-five Favorite Recipes (Best of Gourmet)

The Best of Gourmet: Sixty-five Years, Sixty-five Favorite Recipes (Best of Gourmet)

Gourmet Magazine Editors

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Entertaining

Matthew Kenney: Entertaining in the Raw

Entertaining in the Raw

Matthew Kenney

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Jennifer Iannolo: The Gilded Fork - Entertaining At Home: A Year of Dinner Parties

The Gilded Fork - Entertaining At Home: A Year of Dinner Parties

Jennifer Iannolo

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Melanie Barnard: Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Simple Suppers (Food Made Fast)

Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Simple Suppers (Food Made Fast)

Melanie Barnard

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: Williams-Sonoma: Essentials of Healthful Cooking (Essentials of...)

Williams-Sonoma: Essentials of Healthful Cooking (Essentials of...)

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Lindy Wildsmith: Eating Outdoors: Cooking And Entertaining in the Open Air

Eating Outdoors: Cooking And Entertaining in the Open Air

Lindy Wildsmith

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Liz Scott: Sober Celebrations: Lively Entertaining Without the Spirits

Sober Celebrations: Lively Entertaining Without the Spirits

Liz Scott

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Barbara Smith: B. Smith's Entertaining and Cooking for Friends

B. Smith's Entertaining and Cooking for Friends

Barbara Smith

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: Mambo Mixers: 50 Luscious Latin Cocktails 20 Tantalizing Tapas

Mambo Mixers: 50 Luscious Latin Cocktails 20 Tantalizing Tapas

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Rafael Palomino: Fiesta Latina: Fabulous Food for Sizzling Parties

Fiesta Latina: Fabulous Food for Sizzling Parties

Rafael Palomino

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Donna Hay: Instant Entertaining

Instant Entertaining

Donna Hay

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Christopher Styler: Working the Plate: The Art of Food Presentation

Working the Plate: The Art of Food Presentation

Christopher Styler

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George Dolese: Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Easy Entertaining

Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Easy Entertaining

George Dolese

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Jennifer Rubell: Real Life Entertaining: Easy Recipes

Real Life Entertaining: Easy Recipes

Jennifer Rubell

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Lauren Purcell: Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! Easy Hors D'oeuvres

Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! Easy Hors D'oeuvres

Lauren Purcell

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Editors of In Style Magazine: In Style Parties

In Style Parties

Editors of In Style Magazine

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Rick Rodgers: Sauces, Salsas & Relishes: Williams Sonoma

Sauces, Salsas & Relishes: Williams Sonoma

Rick Rodgers

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Denis Kelly: Grilling: The Williams-Sonoma Collection

Grilling: The Williams-Sonoma Collection

Denis Kelly

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Georgeanne Brennan: Salad: The Williams-Sonoma Collection

Salad: The Williams-Sonoma Collection

Georgeanne Brennan

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Carolina Buia: Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass

Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass

Carolina Buia

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Brigit Legere Binns: Williams-Sonoma Collection: Breakfast

Williams-Sonoma Collection: Breakfast

Brigit Legere Binns

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Colin Cowie: Dinner After Dark: Sexy, Sumptuous Supper Soirees

Dinner After Dark: Sexy, Sumptuous Supper Soirees

Colin Cowie

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Aphrodisiacs & Spices

Valerie Aikman-smith: Salt: Cooking With the World's Favorite Seasoning

Salt: Cooking With the World's Favorite Seasoning

Valerie Aikman-smith

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Sam Beall: The Blackberry Farm Cookbook: Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Life

The Blackberry Farm Cookbook: Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Life

Sam Beall

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Rosario Safina: Truffles: Ultimate Luxury, Everyday Pleasure

Truffles: Ultimate Luxury, Everyday Pleasure

Rosario Safina

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Paul Scott: Aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiacs

Paul Scott

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Nancy Mehagian: Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey

Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey

Nancy Mehagian

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Michael Recchiuti: Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor

Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor

Michael Recchiuti

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Martha Hopkins: InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

Martha Hopkins

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Marco Canora: Salt to Taste: The Key to Confident, Delicious Cooking

Salt to Taste: The Key to Confident, Delicious Cooking

Marco Canora

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Linda Tubby: Cooking With Herbs & Spices

Cooking With Herbs & Spices

Linda Tubby

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Katherine Alford: Caviar, Truffles, and Foie Gras: Recipes for Divine Indulgence

Caviar, Truffles, and Foie Gras: Recipes for Divine Indulgence

Katherine Alford

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Karen Page: The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

Karen Page

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Julia Mcfadden: The Chocolate Cookbook: Luxurious treats for total indulgence: 150 irresistible recipes shown in 250 stunning photographs

The Chocolate Cookbook: Luxurious treats for total indulgence: 150 irresistible recipes shown in 250 stunning photographs

Julia Mcfadden

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James Peterson: Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making

James Peterson

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James Peterson: Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making (2nd Edition)

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making (2nd Edition)

James Peterson

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Gwyneth Doland: Cilantro Secrets (Cook West) (Cook West)

Cilantro Secrets (Cook West) (Cook West)

Gwyneth Doland

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Grant Achatz: Alinea

Alinea

Grant Achatz

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Francois Payard: Chocolate Epiphany: Exceptional Cookies, Cakes, and Confections for Everyone

Chocolate Epiphany: Exceptional Cookies, Cakes, and Confections for Everyone

Francois Payard

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Beth Ann Petro Roybal: Sex Herbs

Sex Herbs

Beth Ann Petro Roybal

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: Herbs & Spices: The Cook's Reference

Herbs & Spices: The Cook's Reference

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