“We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks.” Owen Meredith.
So begins Cuisine De l’Amour, or the Aphrodisiac Culinary Manual. This 1942 cookbook and guide was compiled by Charles F. Heartman, a German émigré and book collector. Heartman and his family moved to New orleans in 1935 where he founded The Pelican Galleries in the French Quarter. More information about Heartman is available from USM where the Heartman Papers are held.
While oysters are often touted for their aphrodisiac qualities, Cuisine also suggests using eggs, vegetables, and fish to entice the object of your desire.
The manual includes recipes as well as historical anecdotes and general advice.
If you’re looking for Henry IV’s “prowesses in duels of love,” Aphrodisiac Culinary Manual is available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives.
Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.