The food of love – pasta and shellfish for a romantic quick, gourmet dinner.

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screen shot 2019-01-11 at 19.29.36Taken from my companion cookery book ‘Seduction of Taste’ .   Spaghetti con le Cozze, is a dish eaten by the heroine of the romance novel ‘Dynasty’ – Shannon Aguerri – when she’s in Venice.  Herbs and shellfish bought in the market that morning and cooked for her by a real Italian smoothie, Fabio.  It’s full of taste, passion and fresh ingredients, guaranteed to stir your libido and power up your loins…..


  1. Scrub and rinse the mussels in cold water.
  2. ‘De-beard’ the mussels – remove any remnants of rope emerging from the shell.
  3. Drain and rinse to get rid of any sand and foreign bodies.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT – discard any mussels that are permanently open as these may already be dead and may give you really bad food poisoning  – not worth the risk IMHO.  If you can squeeze them together and they stay shut you could consider using them – sometimes putting them in water makes them open.  If you squeeze and they re-open – throw them out.


  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil (you can add a splash of olive oil too to stop sticking).
  2. Add spaghetti and cook for 2 minutes less than the recommended time.
  3. Add half the butter and the olive oil to a large pan and over a low heat, soften the garlic and chilli.
  4. Turn up the heat to high, add the drained mussels and the wine. Cover immediately.
  5. Cook on a high heat for 5-7 minutes until the shells are opened.  N.B. If any shells are now still firmly shut – discard them. (This also means they were dead before cooking = bad stomach)   Remove any empty shells (sometimes the mussels fall out!)
  6. Drain the spaghetti.
  7. Add pasta to the pan with the mussel mixture and the rest of the butter. Toss well.
  8. Cover and leave for a minute.
  9. Add the lemon zest and a squeeze of juice.
  10. Stir the chopped parsley through the mussel-pasta mixture.
  11. Season with freshly ground black pepper and extra salt to taste.


Serve with a green leafy salad, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and crusty bread.

This dish also works well with clams if you can get hold of them – it is then known as Spaghetti con Vongole and is equally delicious. Substitute 500-750g of clams for the mussels.



Find more recipes from ‘Dynasty in my companion cookery book ‘Seduction of Taste’

Or for a combined experience, why not try the 2-book gourmet – ‘Dynasty Plus’ and get both books in one edition.  Then you can use the live links to jump between the story and the recipes.  Or when you cook the food, you can jump back in to get a feel for the romance and passion of that moment in the story!

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Cooking the books with frit-lit

Kitchen scales for a King

Okay – you write a hot sexy action romance novel. So what? These days everyone’s mother is an author. So – you think about what people do on this planet. They work blindly and hopelessly trying to please insatiable faceless bosses. They declare wars and pour hate on the other tribe.They divide and sub divide tribe so there’s always an enemy. They work out how to keep money in their own pocket. They work out how to get it out of the other guy’s pocket and into theirs. If you wanna applaud that endless circus leave now! Still there? Here’s the real deal of ennobling human experience.

There’s nothing better than a nice tart.

They have loving unselfish sex. They hunger, dream and eat. They taste and worship the other.  This is my department of life. Oh yes – they savor and flavor. They concoct and consume. They tempt and create longing. They mystify and reveal. Their appetites come together in bed and in the kitchen. Forget the wars and and greed. Love and eat. Eat and love. Dip in to the juice of the others and their tribes and know the true meaning of life, belief and human joy. Fellow wo-men  – scrape off all the dividing junk food you’ve been fed all your lives. Take off and bake off. Fly and get hot. 

Fuel your passion with a meaty sausage

No decent romance novel should ignore food. I’m not talking here about chocographic flavored encounters of the flesh. This kind of stuff is for the sun bed sugar daddies of sclerotic friterature. I’m talking the food and flavor of sexy love. Whether it’s a rich sausage toad in the hole, silky salmon slither or tantalizing tart, it’s all food for love. 

In my latest book SHANNON’S LAW, boy do they eat and love. The front burner of unleashed passion needs to be fed and fanned. There was only one thing a dedicated novelist and philosopher could do. There’s no formula for love – but there’s a recipe for passion. Nothing but an accompanying cook book would do. If those lovers you’re following can taste it, so can you. Whether it’s a heart revealed raw in Venice or a canteen meal in a south London police station, the food of love in SHANNON’S LAW is now a sister book. It’s a munchin’ of luncheon, its an eye full of trifle it’s a stuffed heart palpitating with love. It’s COP’S KITCHEN.

Every erotic moment of sexy passion shared is in the novel. Every morsel of tender taste is in the cook book. It’s more than love. It’s the love of love itself expressed in perfume, aroma and appetite. It’s the front line and burner of desire.

If you want to check out how to get the absolute fuel of total world saving love, follow Shannon’s Law on Facebook or Pinterest or join my mailing list and get a free copy of Cop’s Kitchen. (shipping after 28th Feb).

Emma thinx: Books are hotter than any fire that can burn them.