by Pamela Roller

Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, let’s talk about things from the kitchen that spice up our sex lives.

These aren’t aphrodisiacs I’m speaking of.

Aphrodisiacs are supposed to arouse sexual desire; however, they don’t really work. Even Viagra is not an aphrodisiac. All it does is bring more blood to the penis and keep it there, which helps a man maintain an erection. He has to start out with the sexual desire in the first place.

The fact that some foods look like genitals classifies them as aphrodisiacs, so these might be considered sex foods. For example, think about the shape of a banana. Or a long, thick carrot. Not much brain power needed to know that those two reasonable a penis. More imagination is required to picture avocados resembling testicles, or oysters looking like little wet grey vaginas. Ehh, I don’t think so. In fact, picturing oysters like that sort of grosses me out. I like them fried anyway; then they look like testicles.

Other foods do yummy things to the brain, such as chocolate. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and serotonin, two chemicals known to stimulate the brain’s pleasure areas. Chocolate doesn't make you more sexy, but it sure tastes good.

Supposedly, if a man smells pumpkin, penile blood flow is increased (vanilla scent does this for older men). Thanksgiving must drive the guys nuts, don’t you think?

A quick run on Google fielded all sorts of books on recipes for great sex. The main theme I found while reading the descriptions was that good nutrition and well-being have a lot to do with sexual energy. So we should get in shape, eat right, and maybe we won’t blow out the scented pumpkin candle and just fall asleep on that special night.

Books on recipes for sex:

The Passion Parties Guide to Great Sex: Secrets and Techniques to Keep Your Relationship Red Hot

RECIPES FOR HOT SEX: add spice to your sex life!

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

The Orgasmic Diet: A Revolutionary Plan to Lift Your Libido and Bring You to Orgasm

The Hot Sex Handbook

Pamela Roller is the author of On Silent Wings, a sexy gothic historical romance set in Restoration England. Visit her website at©Pamela Roller


  1. Georgie Lee // February 3, 2008 at 1:33 AM  

    Interesting post. I may never look at pumpkins the same way again :-)

  2. Nightingale // February 3, 2008 at 2:56 PM  

    Interesting article, Pam! What about cucumbers as a penis look-alike.

    And Wellbutrin, the anti-depressant also stimulates sexual desire--something to do with dopamine.

  3. Helen Scott Taylor // February 3, 2008 at 6:15 PM  

    Wonderful blog, Pam. Had me laughing! I remember reading somewhere that pizza arouses men. So maybe Homer Simpson has it right!

  4. Beth Trissel // February 3, 2008 at 7:36 PM  

    Great post, Pam. Very informative and scintilating. :)

  5. Anonymous // February 10, 2008 at 1:45 PM  

    You know Linda, I didn't even consider cucumbers. Good idea!
    Reminds me of the airport scene in This is Spinal Tap
    when he had the cucumber wrapped in tinfoil stuffed in his underwear and the metal detector kept going off. Always brings me a laugh.