How to seduce your partner- be a Gastrosexual!

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What is a Gastrosexual? Is it somebody who feels sexually attracted to someone else's tummy? Or is it someone who is sexually attractive to the stomach? Take it easy, it isn’t either of them!

I came across gastrosexual from a TV-show where a woman described her husband as a gastrosexual. The man in question was an Italian so at first I thought that it was a word used in Italy, but when she described him more clearly I understood how and what he was! He was good at cooking and he cooked in a passionate, sexual way!

There is certainly nothing wrong with the "shrimp and wine", but there are many other dishes that are sensual. And some of them are sensual when prepared as well as when you eat the food!

Some background

The proper definition from dictionary is “men who use their culinary skills to impress their friends and potential love interest”.

The word has emerged from the new generation of men who cook on television. Every TV-channel in Europe has weekly programs with their own chef who cooks in his special way. Some of the chef’s that were mentioned for having increased the macho-appeal of culinary arts was Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay.

It seems that women find gastrosexual men more attractive than other men! Or at least women find men’s ability to cook as important as their appearance, or as their manners and how a man express himself. A gastrosexual man is a man that isn’t afraid to show his feminine and artistic sides through cooking. But what they all have in common is their great love for raw materials and a big passion for cooking.

When I search the Internet for the world I learned that The Splendid Table, NPR´s signature cooking show, launched a "Gastrosexual of the Month Contest" last year. It seems that the word emerged as a marketing tool at first, and then it was more or less forgotten, until it now looks to have been a word that is used more frequently.

So, how is this new man? Has he taken over the historically female household chore and make meals during the day of the week? Now, I don’t think so! Women are still in the majority when it comes to cooking. But men are on the rise when it comes to cook fancy meals on the weekend! The gastrosexual man wasn’t at first pictured as a married man who cooked. The expression meant a single man between 20-45 years old. These men was considering cooking to be more of a hobby than a houshold chore. The description is just so you get the original meaning of the word!


What’s sexual with cooking?

Personally I think the word has emerged from the way that these men are cooking; they describe the appearance of the raw materials with great passion, and when they cook, they use their whole body. They use their hands lovingly, and above all, with power! They show their father’s role by cooking for their family and to be a gentle father, and still do it in a harsh manner is sexy.

But without saying anything about the famous chef’s mentioned above, I would instead like to mention men in general. To be honest, is there a woman who does not have had completely different images in her head when she sees a man specifically working with firm dough? Or when he carefully brushes the round buns with beaten egg just before baking? How much more sensuality can one need! Or isn’t food and cooking sexual in general? Food is a basic need, like kisses and hugs! And cooking food for the family is a very loving action. Is there anything that can be more appreciated than to be able to sit down at a table set with candles after a hard day and eat the food that your loved one has been prepared with care? Of course, I can think of other scenes that are more sensual and loving, but this hub is about gastrosex so we’ll stick to it before it gets worse!

I knew right away what the word meant, when I read about it; because I’m married to a chef! And he is indeed passionate about cooking!

Are there any gastrosexual women?

It isn’t just men who can cook with passion. When there are so many women who are good at cooking delicious food, there are clearly many more gastrosexual women than men. For example; everyone can see how passionate Nigella Lawson is when she cooks, how she taste the food and enjoy the taste…that’s sensual! Her cooking is more about feelings than about useful and healthy food. She add cream in almost everything, and it´s gets so soft and lovely. It had not been as sensual if she had whisked in wheat bran or other fiber-rich food!

So, now! Men and women, grab an apron, and create a dinner with passion!

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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts

I think i might be one of them....LOL!!!

Great informative hub,thumbs up!

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Kashmir! Lucky you, I am so glad to hear that! To be able to cook like that´s lovely! I can not help but wonder who is hidden behind that cute dog! Thanks for your appreciation!

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Ha-ha-ha – you almost got me! I like your advice and will follow it as soon as I get the opportunity. Take care!

PS: Be careful! They say people look more and more like their favorite dog as they grow older :))))

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

MartieCoetser,Please do that, and I hope it will turn out well for you...

DS:I will consider the advice thoroughly! But that dog is so sweet!!

I am glad to see you her! Thanks!

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6hotfingers3 6 years ago

Very educational hub. I've been enlightened. Now I know how my ex seduced me. He cooked a beautiful meal for me as we talked in his place. I had no clue what was going on. He impressed me in many ways. Thanks for clearing up things for me........

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Oh,6hotfingers3, You see... it works. Or in your case, maybe it didn´t, or your partner must have done something wrong later on! Cook and eat dinner creates a special atmosphere! We feel safe and relaxed, and in that mood everything can happen! Good that you found it interesting! Thanks for your comment and take care!

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Food is sexy, cooking with you partner barefooted in the kitchen is even sexier, eating with your partner is super sexy, especially what you two created, feeding your partner is amazingly sexy, having wine with it is uber sexy... Oh my count me in as one! Peace :)

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

katiem2~ Oh, we can go on for ever with gastrosexual moments, cant´we? I agree with all the moments you wrote! It´s wonderful! And the autumn is a good season for it! Thanks, for your time and thoughts, Bye for now!

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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee


I enjoyed reading this very much. I love to cook; therefore, I certainly wanted to learn more about this topic. My husband is great at grilling food like burgers. I do the majority of the other cooking. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,

Debbie aka DJ Lyons

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Debbie, that sounds so great and then you can take turns to be gastrosexual! The possibilities are endless and especially for you since you love to cook. Have a great time cooking and eating! Thanks for your comment and I do appreciate your visits in my corner! Best wishes!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Gastrosexual moments, I just love them! What a brilliant well informed hub. I had fun reading it and imagining many gastosexual delights I could cook up!

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Acaetnna, oh, another gastrosexual woman! Excellent:) After all, women have been cooking for centuries so there must be many gastrosexual women out there. It is very special moments and also a great way to show your love and get love in return! I am glad to inspire you and with your poems of love in mind I know you won’t have any problems creating special moments! Thanks for reading and for your comment that is much appreciated! Tina

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kelleyward 4 years ago

What a great topic for a hub. I agree that Jamie Oliver and other male cooks/chefs do have a certain sex appeal. My husband loves to cook and I always thought I just liked him being beside me as we cooked dinner but now I see it might be more than that! Voted up and shared and pinned! Take care, Kelley

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Tina, I hate to watch my husband cook. He is one of the messiest cooks I've ever seen and he never cleans up after he's finished cooking. On the other hand there are many men that I enjoy watching on TV cooking shows.

Really interesting and enjoyable hub!

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Now after reading this... I am in love with my cooking habits and hobbies... yay me!!!!

A great write... I always felt there was something about men cooking which impressed women... My girlfriend gets very impressed and naughty when I cook.. seriously!

Loved the article

shared all the way!

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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Kelley, I agree with you! I can definitely see the joy of cooking dinner together, especially it there is enough time to talk and really see each other while the dinner gets ready! What a great start of a romantic evening:) The kitchen is the place to be if we want to be seduced! Thanks for reading and I appreciate the votes and the pin!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Susan! Haha, that sounds less romantic and it isn't easy to be seduced in a messy kitchen:) It isn't for everybody but I am sure your husband have other qualities and skills where he can give a better impression.

I think it is those people that have a great passion for cooking who are able to be a gastrosexual. There must be some passion to begin with! I know that I don't have that skill, so I rather leave the cooking to my husband.

Thanks for the lovely comment Susan,

Take care


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi rahul, it is so nice to meet you! You see, it works! I am glad to hear that others have the same opinion as me. Both my two longer relationships with men has been with men who can cook delicious food with great passion so I am definitely hooked on this:) So, keep on cooking and do what you do!

Thank you so much for the comment and for sharing!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow this was so interesting. I am sad to say that although my husband is so totally amazing in so many ways he is totally useless when it comes to cooking!!! Great hub as always.

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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

acaetnna, That's alright, I am sure he have other talents! And since women can be gastrosexual as well I know you will be excellent in that role too! Just like you are the master of writing romantic poetry. Thanks for the visit and for the positive feedback acaetnna

Take care and have a wonderful day


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