Valerie Bertinelli and Tom Vitale
10/02/2012 at 09:00 AM EDT
Valerie Bertinelli is one feisty foodie.
After losing 40 lbs.
, the Jenny Craig success's new cookbook, One Dish at a Time
, showcases her love of making healthy, delicious food – but that's not the only joy of cooking for Bertinelli.
Opening up about her husband Tom Vitale's surprising turn-ons in the kitchen, she tells the new issue of Prevention
magazine, "I told [Tom] a long time ago, 'You know what foreplay is to me? Emptying the dishwasher.' "
Still she adds, "I think he took it too literally … I'm like, 'No, honey, it takes more than emptying the dishwasher.' But that's part of it."
Cooking is also a way for Bertinelli, 52, to enjoy herself and bond with Vitale.
"A lot of love goes into making soup," she says. "The first time I made gazpacho for him, I thought I was going to be made love to the entire night!"
The cookbook is not out yet, but you can find recipes on Bertinelli's blog
– including a sexy Tuscan Style Soup!