Let’s be perfectly clear. This isn’t your Grandma’s cookbook. Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook isn’t going to collect dust, forgotten and fading away on a bookshelf. In fact, it will probably end up on display prominently on your coffee table. Luckily, you won’t have to wait long to add it to your collection. Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook will be available November 14, 2015 through online booksellers and in select bookstores.
In addition to enough tasty recipes to whet any appetite, the 200-plus page cookbook features, as its name implies, plenty of beautiful photos of men to keep you entertained while you wait for that dessert to bake. “I wanted to do a cookbook that featured guys cooking in little to nothing,” says publisher Wes Smoot. “You would get some great recipes but also get some yummy eye candy to stare at.”
The idea for the cookbook came to Smoot a few years ago, but he ended up putting it off until another project inspired him. “I worked with photographer Adrian Lopez on a few shoots for ATOM Willis Jackets,” he explained. “We shot actress Tina Rodriguez and singer/songwriter Adam Carmichael on a motorcycle. She was wearing the men’s jacket driving the bike and he was sitting bitch looking almost scared. I loved the results. Later, I asked Adrian if he was interested in shooting a gay-themed cookbook with me.”
Smoot was somewhat concerned that Lopez, who focuses on commercial, portrait and women’s high fashion photography, also happened to be straight. “When he agreed to take on the project I thought he would feel somewhat uncomfortable getting on set and seeing these gorgeous men walking around in nothing but an apron or a jock strap. It didn’t faze him. He’s a modern man and a pro. We did a test shoot with some friends in their apartment and I loved the way they turned out. Been shooting like crazy ever since.”
Variety is the spice of life and the diversity of models in Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook ensures that there really is something for everyone’s taste. “One thing I really love is the variety of guys we been shooting,” Smoot explained. “Different body types, ages, and professions. From porn stars to industry professionals, the book is filled with all kinds.” The initial models were people he knew, “I messaged them on Facebook to see if they were interested in shooting. What can I say, I have some hot friends. I even got my graphic artist Christoph Michaud, who designed our logo and Nate Cordoba, our design and layout guy to get down to their underwear for the camera.”
Make no mistake, while this cookbook is very easy on the eyes, it’s also very functional. The recipes come from Smoot’s family and friends, including his mom and Jehn Ngo, chef and culinary instructor at Main Course Cooking School in Houston. “I know a lot of cookbooks feature a specific chef and their recipes but having a network of family and friends that loved the kitchen as much as I do, I really wanted to get those dishes I already knew I loved. It was great having so many people contribute.”
The book is very tongue-in-cheek, with witty writing, silly references and a stylish layout and presentation. The models are paired up with appropriate recipes. The ginger bear making Ginger Bears, they’re like gingerbread men, but bigger and they’re bears. There’s the beefcakes marinating the beef steaks. Then there’s drag superstar Farrah Moan making sugar-free cupcakes. Even the chapter titles get in on it: Rise & Shine (breakfast). Afternoon Delight (lunch), Foreplay (appetizers and starters), A Sweet Finish (desserts), What had Happened Was..(cocktails), Recovery (shakes, juices & smoothies) … you get the point.
Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook is currently available for pre-order online at www.home-o-erotic.com and will be available for purchase through online booksellers and select bookstores starting Saturday, November 14, 2015.
Weslo Publishing will host a release party in Austin, Texas on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Rain on 4th starting at 6 PM. Attendees will enjoy nibbles and drinks from the cookbook while meeting some of the models and get their books signed. There will be a raffle benefiting AIDS Services of Austin. Prizes include copies of Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook, Tyler Curry’s Peacock amongst Pigeons and Fleshjacks. The event is free to attend. Please note that Rain on 4th is 21+ only on Saturdays.