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COOKING WITH SPICE ♂

Nothin' says lovin' like something from the oven, as they say, and there's a lot to love in Wes Smoot's Home-O-Erotic Cookbook. Though not a chef, technically, Wes knows his way around a kitchen and the business world. From carefully watching his mother cook, he learned many things about cooking... and about life. From weights and measures to basting and sautéing, Wes, a connoisseur of life, also learned precision, patience and goal-setting, as well as the appreciation of beauty and taste.

Launching his own publishing company three years ago was a major step for Wes, and provides an opportunity to explore his many interests. A self-proclaimed opportunist, he is as creative as he is business-minded, and not much slips by him unnoticed. He examines every opportunity with patience until a thorough understanding is achieved, and only then will he decide whether to follow it or discard it. Discernment is a key quality in Wes' arsenal of tools. He is as discerning about his food as he is about men.

Wes does not look for a demand and creates a product for it, he creates the demand itself. When considering his idea for a homoerotic cookbook, he got plenty of advice, solicited or not. Some told him, "Oh, it should be all about twinks..." Or muscle-bears, or Latinos, or whatever, but that was not Wes' vision at all. He imagined a book about what he found sexy - confident men of all varieties, at home, preparing a meal. Feeling that society is awash with soulless porn, Wes knew that what also found sexy was the theory that

less is more.

All advice aside, Wes followed his natural instincts and began the task of compiling recipes and casting models. Thoroughly acquainted with every single recipe, he culled his favorites from his own preferences, as well as those from his mother, friends, and master chefs around the world. Some of the recipes told him what the model should look like, and sometimes the model invoked a specific recipe, and Wes adapted to that. Regardless of color, shape or size, Wes demanded only one thing - confidence.

Whether it's the meaty ginger bear making Ginger Bear cookies, the dreadlocked dynamo making Jamaican Jerk Chicken, or the transgendered beauty Farrah Moan in a pink wig making Sugar-Free Cupcakes, the models and the recipes are spot-on and have a wide appeal.

Future endeavors include more Home-O-Erotic volumes, increasing in complexity, asking the reader to explore different ingredients, as well as moving from print to internet apps that will allow the viewer to watch a mouth-wateringly beautiful model prepare each step of the mouth-wateringly delicious recipe. Whether it's appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails, or whether it's a pale-skinned dark-eyed beauty, a buff muscle-daddy, or an intriguing ethnicity, Weslo's Home-O-Erotic Cookbook is sure to whet your appetite.

Weslo's Home-O-Erotic Cookbook will be available online and in stores on October 17, but avoid the rush and preorder yours now at www.home-o-erotic.com

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Photography by: ADRIAN LOPEZ