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The Great American Sex Diet: Where the Only Thing You Nibble On . . . Is Your Partner! Hardcover – May 10 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (May 10 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066212782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066212784
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 27 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #850,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forget about shedding unwanted pounds--this tantalizing diet is all about shedding inhibitions (and a few key clothing items), not fat. Intimacy enthusiast Laura Corn, bestselling author of 101 Nights of Grrreat Sex, cooks up a 28-day plan for committed couples who hunger for the fiery "honeymoon phase" of their relationship. To them, she pleads that sex should become a staple--not an extra--right along with "a good balance of water, protein, and carbohydrates." The trick is to make this precious staple a spicy one, by following Corn's stock recipe: "Anticipation + Variety = Great SEX!" Her beautifully compiled ode to rekindling passion helps readers unleash their inner chef.

A victim of low sex drive herself, Corn speaks with conviction and empathy about the perils of lust in long-term relationships. Countering such energy-sappers as work, kids, and boredom requires planning--and lots of it. Corn makes the task simple by offering two tear-out menus (His Only and Hers Only) that dish up a feast of fresh ideas. Participants each select 14 "dishes" from their private list of playful, sexy scenarios, then write each provocative title on a whimsical "Spice Calendar." They're also encouraged to consult additional sealed pages for "Anticipation Teasers," and "Extra Spice Recipes."

Will it work? Just check out the 150 pages dedicated to satisfied dieters. Here, before and after photos (taken by Pulitzer nominee Rick Dahms) speak volumes about Corn's 38 test couples. Their sample calendars, detailed encounters, and praise for the experience abound. Just as the best meals are the ones you plan, prep, and stretch your imagination for, so too, it seems, are the yummiest romantic encounters. Bon appétit! --Liane Thomas

About the Author

Laura Corn is the author of several bestselling books, with more than two million copies in print. They include The Great American Sex Diet, 101 Nights of Grrreat Sex, 101 Nights of Grrreat Romance, 52 Invitations to Grrreat Sex, 101 Grrreat Quickies, and 237 Intimate Questions Every Woman Should Ask a Man. She has counseled thousands of people about the very personal matters featured in her books and has shared her knowledge with millions through her frequent radio and television appearances.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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By A Customer on Dec 11 2002
Format: Hardcover
...It is idiotic from the onset due to its premise and delivery. If the author had just said, "here are some ideas that will spice up your sex life", and been on with it, that would have been okay. But her delivery amounts to "wow, what a discovery I made, this is the secret to all unhappy couples across the world!". The secret basically being that she forced herself to have sex on a consistent basis with her partner and found that it was a good thing for her and her relationship.
The biggest problem is that in delivery, her message is about as authoritative as the opinions of a 17 year old. It's almost embarassing enduring her elaborate gushing about what an amazing and great thing it is. I'm reminded of Steve Martin in the movie "The Jerk", having sex for the first time and so excitedly telling everyone that he'd found his "special purpose" in life.

Which isn't to say that some forms of "sex therapy" isn't good for some couples. I believe that's the response we're hearing from 4 and 5-star reviews. Anticipation of the sexual act, along with creative ideas for how to make sex more fun, can certainly bring the focus around for some couples who are looking for more spice in their sex life. If that's what you're looking for, skip all the pages where the author is embarassing herself, and just go straight to the love-making ideas.
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By A Customer on June 6 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have all of Laura's books and honestly, some are 3 stars or less. This one, however, is a clear winner. It is obvious she took a lot of time and effort in this one (perhaps now that she has a publisher, they have helped her with this). The concept is simple and therefore not too difficult for most people to follow.
Her tips in most sections are quite good - not too wild or kinky, but sensual enough that it has the desired results -- more passion.
One thing missing is ideas for romance to go along with the sex (romance and sex ARE two different things). If I keep tearing out pages just to fulfill my sexual lust then something is missing. If the only time I am paying attention to my partner and treating them nicely is during a sexual escapade, then they could start to feel like I'm using them.
I have found a good solution in the book, The Romantic's Guide by Michael Webb --it has thousands of creative ideas for letting someone know they are special (not just because you want to have sex with them).
If you use these two books in tandem, you will have the ingredients for a very blissful relationship.
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By A Customer on Feb. 18 2002
Format: Hardcover
After a few years of struggling with sexuality and two different therapists, my wife and I seem to have found a groove with the ideas presented in this book. The love of my life is mostly "reserved" in her sexual identity. The ideas in this book are not for that type of individual but what the book offers simply by its' purchase is an opportunity for polar opposite types of personalities to get more in touch with "the other side".
My wife and I are polar opposites. I enjoy sex and basically, she doesn't. It's not because she doesn't love me but she simply doesn't have the drive. With this book we have been able to explore ourselves simply by giving the ideas presented an honest chance. We have done just that and I tell you what, I'm already seeing dramatic changes just by our willingness to try new things. When you purchase the book, don't be put off by the "toys", give them a chance. I had never tried them before, nor had my wife, but she surely enjoyed it which in turn made it a great experience for me as well.
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By A Customer on June 19 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have all of Laura's books and honestly, some are 3 stars or less. This one, however, is a clear winner. It is obvious she took a lot of time and effort in this one (perhaps now that she has a publisher, they have helped her with this). The concept is simple and therefore not too difficult for most people to follow.
Her tips in most sections are quite good - not too wild or kinky, but sensual enough that it has the desired results -- more passion.
One thing missing is ideas for romance to go along with the sex (romance and sex ARE two different things). If I keep tearing out pages just to fulfill my sexual lust then something is missing. If the only time I am paying attention to my partner and treating them nicely is during a sexual escapade, then they could start to feel like I'm using them.
I have found a good solution in the book, The Romantic's Guide by Michael Webb --it has thousands of creative ideas for letting someone know they are special (not just because you want to have sex with them).
If you use these two books in tandem, you will have the ingredients for a very blissful relationship.
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Format: Hardcover
As a counsellor, I will be highly recommending this book to many couples asking for self-help literature. Laura Corn has written a well-researched book that is bound to improve personal relationships. The book contains a unique concept, two fold-out menus: one for him, one for her. Your partner does not see your menu so each "treat" is a unique surprise which is bound to spice up your life, arouse your senses and strengthen the bond of love and closeness. There are over seventy tips and suggestions in each menu that will surprise and delight your partner. This book contains a "diet" that is certainly like no other, and a lot more enjoyable than most. The author presents valid suggestions and techniques on how to renew passion, expand communication and maintain the intimacy of loving relationships. While most of us think of the word "diet" in relation to losing weight, do not be surprised if that is an extra benefit of the book. With all the excitement, passion and additional "exercise" you may be encountering, weight loss may, for some, be a pleasant secondary benefit. The cost of this book is a small price to pay for such valuable advice.
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