n. The suggestive pictures and prose used to describe recipes in upscale cookbooks or menu items in fancy restaurants.
With this in mind, Victoria Lewis's The Night Before (HarperCollins #12.99) is a compilation of dishes from simple salads to gourmet gastroporn that can be planned and prepared in advance, leaving you time to enjoy yourself.
Not surprisingly, writers who don't treat recipes seriously earn her annoyance. "I hate gastroporn," says Wolfert. `The spiciness of this is balanced by the sweetness . . .' — I hate that kind of writing. It's because they have nothing to say."
If the lofty souffles of your imagination turn to slop on the plate, if the shining roasts of the gastroporn food mags turn to dull dross in your oven, don't hate yourself.
Common gastroporn adjectives include succulent, mouth-watering, tantalizing, tender, juicy, and melt-in-your-mouth.