Pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites.
Given that food appeals to four of the senses – taste, sight, smell and touch, it’s no wonder that it’s directly linked to carnal desires.
Certain foods, such as oysters, chilli peppers, avocados and figs, are renowned for their aphrodisiac properties. The effects vary, as some lower inhibitions, while others release “happy hormones”. It’s said that chocolate even creates the same sensation as falling in love, as it encourages the release of serotonin in the body.
But beyond that, clever photography is able to create visual stimulation by using shape, light and suggestion. Whether it’s ice cream dripping gently onto a warm waffle, or a thick burger toppling out of a glazed bun, particular shots just seem to flick all the right switches.