Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Rekaya Gibson GuestBlog: The Romance of Food

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From Michelle:
I e-met Rekaya Gibson when she became involved in TEAM RBTB @ Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Diabetes. Since then, she's become a Bella, and this author of the upcoming "The Food Seductress" came to mind immediately when I was looking for someone to get us all riled up and thinking about the sensuality, romanticism and plain good sexy fun of food. Please offer her your sultriest, "Chocolate and I have become rather close" Bella buongiorno...

From Rekaya: Hi Bellas! Do you remember the first time you met a smooth chocolate cake? Your eyes widened; your lips moistened; and your heart pounded. All you managed to say was “Oh!”

When was the last time you felt that way about your mate? A nice dessert will do it to you every time. You don’t even have to taste it first. You can simply imagine what it would feel like touching your tongue.


If you have ever experienced this, then it is more likely than not that you have experienced the romance of food. Sure, it nourishes the body and mind, but it also plays on our five senses and emotions. For example, the scent of cinnamon and sage during the holidays make you feel safe and warm no matter if you are at home or at someone else’s house. You give the pumpkin pie and the turkey your undivided attention no matter what – I know I do.

When you pull those homemade biscuits out the oven, you quickly place them on a plate. What is the first thing that you do? You feel them. Their hot, soft, and round bodies excite you. Before you know it, you are having an unhealthy relationship with the dough man!

Try dangling steak, gravy, and potatoes in front of a man. He will follow you to the ends of the earth just to get a taste. The grin on his face takes him some place special. Perhaps the love that goes into preparing meals transmits pheromones to the souls of its diner – you never know.

Don’t get me wrong, the romance of food will let you down. Your unconditional love will fall by the waist side – literally. The crunch of your favorite chips will fade over time. Then you will end up writing romance novels about food!

Have you experienced the romance of food? If so, what food did you carry on a love affair with? Is it over or are you still in a relationship?

25 comments:

Linda Henderson said...

Cheesecake, just typing the word makes me want to go get a piece of cheesecake. That's probably my biggest weakness. I mean, I like chips, but I love cheesecake. I don't even like raspberries but I will eat raspberry cheesecake.

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amy kennedy said...

Rekaya, I have one-night stands with chips an Cheetohs all the time, but my heart belongs to breakfast. In a restaurant. I love all breakfast foods: biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, omelets, hashbrowns...

I especially love breakfast when I'm with a favorite person, and we have a couple of hours to sit and eat and talk and drink coffee.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

ohhhh, Amy. Biscuits and gravy. I need a moment to myself.

OK. Buongiorno, Bellas, and welcome, Rekaya! It's awesome you're here with us to get everyone riled up about the fun and sensuality and good stuff we associate with food.

And you even mention the pleasure associated with feeding someone we care about, which is as wonderful for some folks as eating.

I really appreciate how you were so cool about jumping in here at the last minute when the whim hit me to have a day in praise of the romance of food. Your name popped into my mind, and you were, like, oh, no problem!

Your description of fondling the biscuits reminds me of how touching food is such an element of some folks' enjoyment of it. Some Italians, who I know, anyway, love to pat beautiful roasts, cooing over how lovely they are. And I once hugged an enormous round of parmigiano reggiano cheese in a deli. There's a scene in the movie "Big Night" in which the chef and his bro pat a huge 'timpana," a big sort of cake-ish, crusted thing they've made, before they serve it. I so totally related to the sensuality of it. But some folks were skeeved, like, ew, you touch the food then you serve it?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

And may I just say your covers are absolutely fab!

Becke Davis said...

Oh, I have to get this book for my son's girlfriend. She is a foodie -- loves dark chocolate, loves to cook. She's even teaching my son to cook, something I was never able to do. This book is made for her!

Rekaya Gibson said...

Hi Bellas!

I am glad that I am not alone. Thanks for coming out to admit your real pleasure in life. Linda and Amy, I am with you on the cheesecake and breakfast.

Michelle, I love touching food; I still think I am an Italian in a former life. I appreciate you having me. Thank you on the book cover.

Have a good day everyone!

Rekaya Gibson said...

Hi Becke,

Your son's girlfriend would enjoy The Food Temptress. If she follows along as the character cooks, she can make the recipe. It's like two books in one.

Thank you for visiting!

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amy kennedy said...

Ooh Kirsten, Yes on the French cheeses. I make a whole ritual out of eating Brie cheese...but, I think you had me at, "Chevre, honey and thyme." Wasn't that a song? JK :)

Michelle and Rekaya, I love to work at some of my foods. Like crab legs or lobster, maybe that's part of the love of touching/feeling food.

nicola said...

Rekaya I love your thoughts on dark chocolate. Even though I am allergic, I will keep your ideas in perspective when it comes time to entertain the lucky beau......

Kudos Rekaya, I wish you....

Rekaya Gibson said...

Kirsten, I am just now exploring other cheeses along with wines. Brie, of course, is one of my favorites.
Amy, if "Chevre, Honey, and Thyme" isn't a song, you might want to consider it. I am thinking about making one about sweet potato pie.
Poor Nicola, I am so sorry about your chocolate allergy. We will have to find a good substitute for you.

Thanks for visiting everyone!

Pamela Keener said...

Filet Mignon & Buttery lobster Tail. MMMMMMMM then for dessert Hershey's chocolate cake w/mousse filling. To die for.
Love & Hugs,
Pam Keener in PA
pk4290@comcast.net

Eva said...

I have a wonderful relationship with chocolate. Every night in bed before I go to sleep I eat a piece or two of chocolate. Depending on how many pieces I have in my stash I will share with my husband. So the last taste and smell I have before sleeping is of chocolate.

Princess Bumblebee said...

Amy, I'm with you on the breakfast thing! I love cheesecake, dirt cake, brownies, chocolate cake and pecan pie, but breakfast is the best! Especially gravy and biscuits! Yum!
Is anyone else getting hungry?

Rekaya Gibson said...

Eva, you are definitely having a love affair with chocolate. Pamela, I love your menu; when's dinner. Princess Bumblebee - btw nice name - you have officially made me hungry for a nice sweet dessert.

Thank you for sharing!

Pat L. said...

This book looks really interesting.

I love most foods - especially my desserts - cheesecake, carrot cake, choc and banana cream pie, peach pie, rhubarb pie, chocolate cake, pecan pie, key lime pie; I could go on and on.

Also love Thanksgiving Dinner and Italian Food.

Rekaya Gibson said...

Pat, you are my kind of girl!
Thank you.

Eva Gale said...

I am LOVING the food theme here! What a great way to celebrate life-with love and food through books.

I wish you much success, Rekaya. They look fabulous and I'll have to just tuck them in my online book cart...

Rekaya Gibson said...

Eva, I appreciate you stopping by to wish me well. Thank you kindly.

I've had fun hanging out with the Bellas today. Thank you for having me!

amy kennedy said...

Rekaya, when my oldest was little, I used to sing some kind of made-up sweet potato pie song...you're my sweet potato, sweet potato, sweet potato piiiiieeeee.

It was quite horrible, I'm sure you'll do much better.

Pat L. said...

I always forget the email; most sites say dont post it - old habits - lol.

patoct@yahoo.com

Diamond M said...

Men seem to love my sweets. My specialty is my banana pudding. My mama taught me the way to a man's heart is through his stomach so she taught me how to cook. When I'm trying to impress a dude, I go way out in the kitchen. But I don't cook for just anybody--I really and I mean really have to want him.

Rekaya Gibson said...

Amy, I forgot to mention that I love singing, but I am not good at it. That's why I am a writer. Beyonce doesn't have to worry about me. I have the book/song already. A little boy watches his mom make a sweet potato pie. It's a instructional song on how to make the pie.

Diamond, I totally agree that a way to a man's heart is through his stomach. That's the premise for my book. I wish that I could make a flirty banana pudding. I feel the same way about cooking for a man; he must be worthy.

Thank you for sharing!

Judy McFadden said...

Rekaya, you certainly have the right idea. The old saying, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach," is still true. It's just that you do it so creatively and sexy in your book, The Food Temptress. Looking forward to reading your next book.

Judy McFadden