Our Story

Owner Rekaya Gibson, a.k.a. The Food Temptress, was inspired to open a cookbook store after reviewing more than 50 cookbooks for Cuisine Noir Magazine (CN) whose mission is to connect the African diaspora through food, wine and travel. You will find most of those books in the cookbook store. Click on a book cover, and then select the review tab. Gibson has included an excerpt and a link to the full review on CN’s website. She also has evaluated cookbooks for other publications. They, too, appear in the store. The Food Temptress Cookbook Store launched its website in November 2021.

The Food Temptress Name

The 'Food Temptress' name is based on Gibson's novel "The Food Temptress" where her characater, Ambrosia, uses food to seduce men and it converts them into the perfect mates. In 2009, she created "The Food Temptress" blog to stay connected with readers. On January 1, 2014, it became a food blog exclusively. Gibson created original dishes, tested existing recipes, and reviewed food-related products. Also, she  maintained a yearly calendar to celebrate food holidays. In 2017, Gibson took a hiatus from blogging to concentrate on her Food Temptress brand by exploring local restaurants, attending food/drink events, and expanding her freelance writing career.  

The Logo

The fleur-de-lis symbolizes Gibson's admiration for New Orleans, the city where she fell in love with food.