Food From Fifty Shades of Grey

The media has been buzzing about the Fifty Shades Trilogy, and whether you revile these books or they're your guiltiest pleasure read, we think that it's more fun to talk about the food than the fetish. Enjoy our collection of foods, but don't get all Fifty about it!

  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    Vintage Books

    Food from Fifty Shades

    Food plays a fairly large role in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, so, for a bit of fun, we've put together a collection of "In the Mood" foods that will fire up your appetite...for various things.

    According to the buzz-kills at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sampling chocolate, oysters, and asparagus might make you feel more amorous, but it won't do a thing for your sex drive. FDA aside, we choose to believe that you can make a little magic with a mouthwatering recipe.

    Why not try a few of these alleged aphrodisiac foods and recipes inspired by the novels and see what happens?

  • Pomegranate Margaritas
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Pomegranate Margaritas

    Christian comes to Ana’s rescue after she imbibes in one (or five) too many margaritas, tracking her cell phone to find her. Creepy? Yes. Kind of sweet? Yes. Next time, maybe she’ll take it slow with one of these pomegranate infused margaritas.
  • Caramel-Cloaked Chocolate-Hazelnut Torte
    James Carrier

    Caramel-Cloaked Chocolate-Hazelnut Torte

    Early in the first novel, Ana describes Christian’s voice as, “warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel…or something.” Sounds delicious, but we’ll settle for this caramel-cloaked torte.
  • Pan-Seared Cod with Basil Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Pan-Seared Cod with Basil Sauce

    On Ana and Christian’s first real date, they indulge in oysters to start then move on to a black cod entrée with asparagus and crushed potatoes. Start with oysters and then try this top-rated cod recipe and pair it with some mashed potatoes for your own Fifty night in.
  • Basic Buttermilk Pancakes
    Charles E. Walton IV

    Basic Buttermilk Pancakes

    After Ana’s first night in Christian’s apartment, she makes them both pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs. There’s something wonderful about taking time to have a lazy morning with homemade pancakes for breakfast, and this basic recipe is a breeze to make.
  • Lemon-Shallot Scallops
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Lemon-Shallot Scallops

    The first time Ana meets Christian’s family, they have scallops at dinner. This simple scallop dish makes for an easy, yet elegant, weeknight dinner. Serve scallops on top of either pasta or mixed greens for quick, healthy meal Christian would approve of.
  • Gin and Tonic
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Gin and Tonic

    Christain's wine knowledge is extensive but when he isn't in the mood for wine, it's Hendricks Gin and tonic with cucumber.
  • Chicken-and-Veggie Stir-fry
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Chicken-and-Veggie Stir-fry

    The first time Ana has Christian over to her apartment, she discovers that he may not be as perfect as she thought. After a quick grocery shopping trip, Ana sees his “domestic” side and challenges him to chop red peppers for their chicken stir-fry. We’re hoping you have better luck chopping the veggies for this stir-fry then Christian did.
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

    Christian certainly has a sweet tooth, especially for vanilla ice cream. Our hope is that you'll enjoy your vanilla ice cream in a bowl or on a cone.
  • Mint Iced Tea
    Photo: Ryan Benyi

    Mint Iced Tea

    Thankfully Ana's stepfather, Ray, has instilled in her the fine art of drinking a hot cup of tea to unwind and think. With a plot this twisted and steamy, she may want to consider some iced tea to cool things off. Fifty shades of Earl Grey?

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