Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Allende's purpose in writing this book?

Allende's purpose in writing this collection of recipes is to entertain and be creative. The author says she has researched the substances, spells, and magic that have been employed over the centuries to incite passion, and she proves it by providing examples.

2. How does Robert Shekter become the book's illustrator?

Allende met Shekter in her neighborhood bookstore. Shekter reminded her of her grandfather, which drew her to him. They became friends in the bookstore over morning cups of coffee and croissants. One day, she told him about a dream she had, in which she was a plump nymph, running around in a land of very erotic vegetables and meat dishes. While she was speaking, he drew a picture of a nymph and a satyr- character, which later became the drawings that decorate the pages of this book.

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