“What is the relation between the kitchen and forbidden desire? The first sin involved food and sexuality, when Eve seduced Adam into eating the apple.
Preoccupation with food, then, is not only about body image, but also about what we are allowed to take into our bodies and what we are not—penetrability, desires, and prohibitions.
Referring to food, Janice Lieberman (in Bergner et al., 2012) says, “This is where the erotic is, and this is where the forbidden is. And while sex isn’t forbidden anymore, desire is.”"
The Enigma of Desire
Galit Atlas is a better writer than Adam Phillips.
If you can not create geniuses in your story, you can borrow some from historical ‘geniuses’.