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Valerie Bertinelli Gets Frisky with Food

10/02/2012 at 09:40 AM EDT

Valerie Bertinelli Loves Kitchen Time with Husband
Valerie Bertinelli and Tom Vitale
Stephen Danelian
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!

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