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Dinner As An Aphrodisiac

British critic Jay Rayner talks culinary aphrodisiacs, which maybe don't really exist. He admits that, yes, eating dinner may be sexy and people do sometimes have sex in restaurants, but that the evidence is "negligible" that these things are due to the actual food. He also has some creative writing tips: "If you want to spot a mediocre novelist, all you have to do is look for the scene in which the writer uses a meal as a metaphor for sensuality. It's a cheap shot. Dinner isn't a metaphor for anything. It's dinner." [Guardian]