The vanilla revolution against loneliness … Writings of women sensitive to “sweetness”

Our needs change and our pleasures change. Some of us are interested in the pleasure of food, others are attracted to sex and most of us may need more emotional satiety. As for literature, it confuses these pleasures and gives a special flavor to them within a package, to produce for us a special kind of sensory literature.

The pleasure of the pleasure we get from works dealing with distinct food tastes, as it is a magical mix, in which the writer puts his life experience mixed with this passion for love and relationships and how we can combine them into a harmonious musical rhythm. until we reach the “pleasure of the text”.

In the book “Aphrodite – Tales, Recipes and Other Aphrodites” by Chilean novelist Isabel Allende, she presents different visions and different voices, reviewing the relationship of food with sex and what has been transmitted to her since ancient times and around some of the erroneous folk traditions associated with it.

In the past, they used lettuce soak, which is drunk while sleeping, and tucked under the bed to avoid nighttime masturbation and happy dreams of boys in military service and religious school students, and conflicting ideas on the subject are numerous. . .

Cucumber, which in many religions is considered erotic because of its shape, is used by other religions in monasteries to soothe the male ferment of monks.

Isabela sympathetically recounts her personal experiences and memories from her childhood until she became a woman, presenting recipes of pleasure that she and other women lack. She says: “I belong to the generation of women who are just losing their virginity. “lose their value in the marriage market.”

Isabelle takes excerpts from Chinese, Indian and Greek texts about food, its relationship and its ancient concepts. For our ‘erotic’ writer, women are sensitive to ‘sweetness’, words and music.

Freed in the position of Isabella, do you believe and sanctify love, or do you triumph over the controlling desires of the body?

Between the lines I spotted the contradiction of some of her ideas, or perhaps the possibility of the contradiction being intertwined and reconciled at the same time; She believes in love at first sight and expects honey to speak by placing appetite and sex in a container. She says: “Appetite and sex are the great engines of history, they preserve and spread the genre, they promote wars and songs, they influence religion, law and art.”

“All creation is an uninterrupted process of digestion and fertility.”

“Appetite and sex are the two great engines of history”, “everything comes down to devices that devour each other”, “I find residence only in the kitchen, a fertile ground for wild fantasies, a gateway to the lives I wanted to live . . ”

“Everything descends into organs that devour each other, reproduce themselves, dead, fertilizing the earth and reborn mutated. Blood, semen, sweat, ashes, tears and a poetic and incurable human imagination that seeks meaning.”

The writer did not separate the pleasure that love leaves from writing, but according to her it is a fuel that pushes the writer towards creativity and empties what is inside with a flow.

“Is there a connection between creativity and sensual desire? I hope so. The happiness I feel after making love is reflected in my work, as the saturated body directs its best energies to give wings to writing.”

The heat of love is no different from the heat of food and boiling water, which is the same as igniting passion and desire. Without heat, food is not complete and love does not gain “flavor”.

Just as everything is in proportion, any addition or minus can ruin the recipe or turn love into another name and lose its value. This is what the Mexican writer Laura Esquibel says in her novel “Like water for chocolate”, which was translated by Saleh Lamani, just as food is cooked, so love is cooked in special quantities that are added or subtracted.

Laura presents magical realism in pure manifestation. The protagonist Tita leads a difficult life, deprived of love for Pedro, who as a little girl is destined not to marry and devote herself to caring for her mother, while her boyfriend her gets married. her big sister. This is in addition to her life in the middle of the kitchen and between her food and her enjoyment.

The novel consists of 12 chapters like months, each chapter contains a recipe, with exact sums written by Laura.

“Her eyes met Pedro’s eyes,” says Tita, “and at that moment I understood exactly what a pete dough should feel when it comes in contact with boiling oil. It was such a real feeling of heat that it covered my whole body.” “I was so scared of her. The bubbles would start to burst, like noodle dough all over her body.” Face, abdomen, heart and breasts.

Laura introduces her most important recipe, “Chocolate,” and explains exactly how the heat in this recipe judges her success or failure; The decrease or increase of heat can lead to its burning or to the density of its force, which occurs in love when it oscillates between the beginning and end heat.

Laura describes our emotions as matches and sees that we were born with flammable substances inside and says, “If we were all born with phosphorus in us as a matchbox, we could not light it alone… So we have to stay away from people with icy spirit, as soon as they come “According to the results we know, it can extinguish the most intense fires. The farther we are from these people, the easier it is to protect us from their breath.”

A series of messages presented by the narrator Heba Allah Ahmed, from her world that she is constantly attracted to, which is the “kitchen”, addressing herself in confusion, rearranging things and changing their names according to different situations in it which are located. settles and with its special means creates different worlds and puts special spices on it, attacking its smell The reader’s senses when first mixed with a rich and saturated language.

Different lives, Heba goes from one to the other, generating a series of wild fantasies, helping her get rid of her loneliness and live her true and courageous love.

A woman in her warm atmosphere in the kitchen, leaning on his arms to get rid of the ice that surrounds her heart and occasionally grabbing those stolen hugs.

She addresses her boyfriend, saying: “Solving molokia, a sheet of paper, or chopping zucchini in preparation for its grinding, with the melodies of a dance song emanating from the radio, are simple events, but obsessions lose their prestige and take away its rigid mask of loneliness … Dancing, my friend, on the vibrations of grinding cumin in the Electric Mixer is as effective as taking rectangular and square pellets for very harmful sedatives.

“My friend told me that the presence of the woman in the kitchen for long periods and the housework is like a social prison for her and a constant effort to soften the woman’s imagination, but I see that staying alone in the kitchen is increasing. wild fantasies, a gateway to the lives I wanted to live. ”

The writer in the kitchen addresses her silent friend, removes the absence with words that carry guilt and longing, and gives her qualities that comfort her loneliness, and shares all this with the living creatures that live on the ceiling or floor, rotating between them. precious moments and waiting for a reward.

“The Vanilla Revolution”

In the messages that vanilla carries between her palms, she finds herself, her friend and your events scattered on the kitchen carpets. By reading them you can feed your hungry heart for all feelings and extinguish the fire of loneliness with words you flirt with your nostalgia and discover the secrets of the past, which you may encounter hidden inside a dish that you have forgotten. A long time ago in the corner of the kitchen.

The smell is of great importance, as it loves the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla, that scent that gives the day a special taste, through the aroma flows with its femininity and is ready for the challenge wherever it is.

Heba tells her friend in a message: “Today I will make rice with milk for dinner and I will add pink dots, a piece of mastic and a lot of sugar. Once my grandmother said: Sugar is a liar .. “And today I need a lot of sugar and lies to believe that you still love me.” “And it will rain down on me with great longing, like the rain of a vineyard.”

Heba tells of the atmosphere that accompanies her presence in the kitchen, through her messages of day, night, and darkness, as well as of Alexandria, its coldness and rain, which strikes the kitchen window and disturbs her loneliness.

The smell is of great importance, as it loves the scent of cinnamon and vanilla, that scent that gives the day a special flavor, through the scent overflowing with its femininity and preparing for the challenge wherever it is.

Reading it was a pleasure and a pleasure.

According to Roland Barthes, in the book The Pleasure of the Text, “The text of pleasure is the text that satisfies, fills and gives joy. It is the text that comes from culture; and it is the one that returns comfort. thus destroying the historical, cultural and psychological foundations of the reader.Then he comes to the strength of his tastes, values ​​and memories, making them scattered in vain.And remains with until his relationship with language turns into crisis.

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