"If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken and so die."
William Shakespeare, ‘Twelfth Night’
“Many so-called aphrodisiac recipes are basically wholesome ingredients prepared in a tasty way. The receptivity to romance probably comes from the general sense of relaxation and well-being good food induces.”
Harry E. Wedeck
“Fruit of all the kinds that the country produced were laid before him; he ate very little, but from time to time a liquor prepared from cocoa, and of an aphrodisiac nature, as we were told, was presented to him in golden cups.....I observed a number of jars, above fifty, brought in, filled with foaming chocolate. of which he took some.....”
Bernal Diaz del Castillo, member of Cortez's force, describing a meal of emperor Montezuma
“A number of rare or newly experienced foods have been claimed to be aphrodisiacs. At one time this quality was even ascribed to the tomato. Reflect on that when you are next preparing the family salad.”
“Wine is a precarious aphrodisiac, and its fumes have blighted many a mating.”
Norman Douglas, English writer (1868-1952)
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