This book is essentially a Book of Shadows, a Kitchen Witch’s Grimoire. It covers what it means to be a Witch, how a Witch works, what a Witch does and how a Witch celebrates the turning of the seasons. It is packed full of information about all sorts of subjects from a breakdown of rituals and magical tools to reading auras and rites of passage, along with meditations, recipes for oils, incenses and spells and a huge amount of crafts to make for each Sabbat. The information herein does not follow any strict tradition; it is a personal interpretation of witchcraft melding together different experiences. Magic and the Craft are fluid and flexible, it is ever changing and we are ever learning.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
Love this book. ~ Customer, Amazon
This book is spot on. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of nature and human existence. A must for any witch. ~ Customer, Amazon
I love the authors style of writing. I could really relate to her. Great book ~ Noodle Top, Amazon
It s a treat read, information is good and very handy, variated and knowledge is very well too ~ Customer, Amazon
A great book, full of love! ~ Willowmoon, Amazon
FIVE STARS excellent and down to earth! strongly recommend to other newbies. ~ Mrs McClean, Amazon
FIVE STARS Great book. Would recommend if interesting in the topic. ~ Customer, Amazon
Fascinating book yes I would recommend it to anyone interested, Rachel Patterson is brilliant this book is easy to read and follow no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are. Get it you'll be glad you did. ~ Dave Fower, Amazon
Informative for the novice; good summary as reference for more experienced. ~ Pat, Amazon
she seems to know her stuff and has a great sense of humor. i would love to see more written by her. ~ Melissa S. Burwick, Amazon
Loved this book!! Everything was written in a clear, concise way. I bought it as an e book, but it's on my list to buy as a paperback because I know it will be one of my favourite books to refer back to again and again. I look forward to reading Rachel's other books very soon. ~ Strangecharm, Amazon
great product! ~ Customer, Amazon
This is probably ny favourite kindle book, it's like curling up to read a funny, easy to read, encyclopedia for a beginner on their chosen path, love it and I always refer to it for inspiration ~ Mel, Amazon
Great information ~ Scarlethippie, Amazon
excellent and a very interesting read ~ A Bland, Amazon
Difficult to put down ~ Paul Marsden, Amazon
Excellent. ~ Narelle Hancock, Amazon
So much information in this book. Very easy to read. Love the sabbat section at the back, so many new things to try :) ~ Raychel, Amazon
This was an amazing book! Both friendly and informative. I love the way it was written and how I couldn't put it down. Thank You, Rachel Patterson, You are my new Favorite author and I can't wait to discover your other books! I highly recommend this book. ~ Melmon, Amazon
I really enjoy Rachel Patterson's writing style. She makes these Kindle books a fast read as well as a good reference. The affordability is great and so downloading her entire collection was quite satisfying! ~ aprilrain, Amazon
This is an excellent piece of work. Everything is written in a warm and friendly style which I as a reader found made this a very happy read. ~ Debbie Miller, Amazon
Fantastic book I recommend it for anyone wanting to start with the basics a truly wonderful read, exciting journey ahead ~ Jenna Wellbeloved, Amazon
An easy to understand introduction, lot's to consider and written in an easy going, accessible fashion. Good value and worth a perusal. Enjoyed the craft ideas, will definitely be trying some of them. ~ Midges Mum, Amazon
Great read, easy to understand just want to go & make all the things for the seasons now, will read Rachel's other books ~ Jackie Tessmer, Amazon
Really good reading. Like the way the author talks to you. I highly recommend this book. It is a fun read. ~ Carole Chambers, Amazon
I didnt know what to expect, bought this for research and find it suits me for some reason, and reading all about this, the author has made it also a lot of fun, and extremely interesting. I recommend it highly. ~ Botticelli, Amazon
This is a well written book. The author provides a wealth of information. This book is very informative and at the same time is interesting to read. The author's writing style is riveting. ~ Sue Padilla, Amazon
This is a friendly, fun and easy to read book. It contains lots of information for the budding Witch or for somone wanting to read another persons ideas on Rituals and Wiccan life. I really enjoyed reading it and will definately be buying more of Rachaels work. Definately worth buying. ~ Aquarianali, Amazon
This is a brilliant read for anyone new and also experienced in kitchen witchcraft. It gives simple easy to follow details, down to earth ideas and without the use of expensive tools I loved it and still will use as a reference book.. Definitely recommend to anyone interested in witchcraft or other path . ~ Kris, Amazon
Easy to follow and quite funny at times. I really enjoyed this book and found it helpful with my introduction to kitchen witchcraft ~ Ami, Amazon
I love Rachel's writing style, for those of you 'new' to the path a brilliantly informative book on everything you need to know to make a start. For those who have been travelling this path for a while a confirmation and a tidy up of the knowledge you already have plus a few extras! All told openly as if by your favourite Aunt :)
More like this please! ~ CM Perez Del Pulgar Cole , Amazon
I just love this book. So many great ideas presented in concise, easy to understand manner for those of us that don't have an extensive history on the subject. ~ Cindy S Bene, Amazon
There's a lot of useful information in this book even if you've been in the Craft for a while. Very well done! ~ Dana S Pomante, Amazon
This book is fantastic. It's obvious from the beginning that the author knows what she's talking about. I found it interesting and will surely dip in and out of it for a long time to come.
Thanks so much for bringing witches out of the closet. ~ Kim Warburton, Amazon
This book is perfect for those who are just starting out on the path but also for those that have been practicing for some time. I really like Rachel's style of writing, it's as if she is sitting opposite you chatting away. I enjoyed both of Rachel's books and looking forward to the next one ~ Kayleigh Young, Amazon
From the moment I turned the first page I felt like I was sat listening to a lifelong friend. 'Grimoire of a Kitchen witch' has succeeded where so many other books have failed. The balance between simple to understand yet technically correct have been struck with awesome precision and still, the author never once sounds condescending or as if they are talking down to you. The trickle of humour was enough to raise random chuckles to the puzzlement of the rest of my family but it just added to the relaxed and friendly vibe that this book has.
I have learnt and gained more understanding from the 2 hours I spent reading than I have in the past few years, this book is a must for any level or pagan path...i'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see what comes next. ~ Nicky Mitchell, Amazon
Bought this book on the strength of Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch,I have to say it's a great book, very informative but leaves room for you to do your own research if you want to look deeper into a section,the exercises are good and again is written in a very friendly,fun, accessible way.
Very good for beginners and intermediates alike, one that I will keep going back to over and over again, has to be my new favourite book :) Looking forward to the next one ~ Nightphoenix, Amazon
I bought Rachel's first book, and loved it, so it was with excitment that I bought this one on its launch!! I cant recommend it enough!! The feeling is very friendly and comfortable as you start to read and feels like a real life "how-to" bible (for what of a better word!! I have bought quite a few books on this subject over the years, and I must admit having met Rachel in the flesh, it makes this book even more alive and friendly, her personality shines through :-) I am not rushing to finish the book as I want to savour it, plus I feel this will be an excellent reference guide for many years to come!!
Check this book out and her first one, you will not be disappointed! ~ Louisa, Amazon
Awesome book, very easy to read, well written, and it is like as if Rachel Patterson is talking to you one on one, love it ~ Sandy, Amazon
I almost wish it didn't say 'witchcraft' in the title. Why? well, it is one of the most comprehensive books on natural magick I have read and I am recommending it to shamans, energy workers, druids, people interested in magickal practices as well as Wiccans. I myself am a shaman and there is so much information that simply covers so much of natural magick. So, if you are into witchcraft...you should read it. If you are interested in magick especially kitchen magick, then you should read it, whatever you label yourself!
It is written with humour and with a style that lends itself to sitting over a kitchen table with a cup of tea discussing herbs, moon cycles, spells, intents, and life with a good friend and confidant.
This lady knows her stuff and it shows. She doesn't preach. She just lives it! And by her gentle and honorable example, she teaches us so much more than a dogmatic or extreme person could.
I loved it and will refer to it a lot. very impressed. ~ Colette Brown, Amazon & Author
If the word ‘grimoire’ makes you think of a book of dark rites to perform, maybe involving conjuring up the devil, think again. The Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch is more a book of brilliant spells you could do, maybe while conjuring up the odd cake.
Actually, Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch is a lot more than just a book a spells. It is really a complete handbook of witchcraft and magic, but with an emphasis on things that can be done in the kitchen or at least while sitting at your kitchen table. If you are a complete beginner looking for a big book on how to do magic, then this will serve you very well. If you are an experienced witch wanting to widen your expertise, you are bound to find something new to try out in this nearly 300-page tome.
Rachel’s enthusiasm for kitchen witchcraft shines through the entire book. As you read it, you feel you might just be sitting at Rachel’s kitchen table with her as she tells you the secrets of her spellcraft and magic.
As publisher Moon Books says on its website, Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch is: "A personal and all encompassing guide to what it is to be a Witch, how to live and work within the Craft... essentially a Book of Shadows."
Read more: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/05/review-grimoire-of-kitchen-witch.html ~ Lucya, http://www.badwitch.co.uk/
This is a delightful book, full of knowing and nous along with a beautiful lightness of spirit.
Rachel caught me straight away with …
“What is a witch? Well to me a witch is someone who is in tune with the Earth, with the changing of the seasons, someone who connects with the elements and works with all the energies around them.”
This speaks to me immediately; it’s what Life, the Universe and Everything is all about. Rachel’s life is about this too. She really encourages people to work with where they are, all of the Earth is sacred.
The chapters in Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch lead the reader through the necessary steps to working, either alone or in a group, and she also encourages you to work in what people might call ordinary rooms … like the kitchen. Again, this makes the point that all space is sacred and so is all work.
“And don’t forget the appliances too. The freezer and the fridge are good for working spells – if you need to ‘freeze’ some thoughts or emotions or ‘cool off’ a relationship, write it on a slip of paper and pop it in the freezer or the fridge until the spell is done.”
It’s a positive delight to read all this. I really feel I’ve found a kindred spirit here. Rachel and I work in different traditions but there are so many connections. This confirms again my feeling that all paths lead to the Source but we may each need to travel by different ones. I’d add, too, that by walking our different paths we add to the intricacy and involvedness of the Earth. Working this way we get more connected to her and she to us; we twine our threads with her.
Rachel’s book is a real blessing to those who would like to follow this path. She knows her stuff from the inside, from having worked with it, explored it and allowed it to teach her; her words enable the reader to follow the same process.
There are lots of crafts and spells as well as meditations for the reader to work with as well. Rachel gives enough … but not too much … detail, leaving space for the reader to find their own way with the work. I love this “allowing” about her grimoire; it’s the way all magic and spirit work should be.
~ Elen Sentier, Author & Shaman
This is certainly a very friendly book, providing a helpful guide to Kitchen Witchery and for those stepping onto the path, bringing practical spirituality back into the home. ~ Cat Treadwell, Author of A Druid's Tale
I think if Terry Pratchett’s witches wrote an introduction to magic, it would look a lot like this book. Pragmatic, playful, wise and sprinkled with humour, the author covers a lot of ground and isn’t afraid to use a wooden spoon! ~ Nimue Brown, Author of Druidry & Meditation, Druidry & the Ancestors, & the Hopeless Maine Saga
This book is packed with so much information that it makes you feel as though you have a major learning tool in your hands. Yet it is written in such a way that allows you to feel that the author is talking directly and personally to YOU!. This conversational feel allows information to be passed on without any sense of preaching, dogma or ego. The writing style is friendly but also precise.
Although written from the kitchen witch perspective, this is a great book for all who follow an earthy path and as a shaman, I enjoyed it more than some of the shamanic books out there.
The book unfolds into more and more explanations, stories and advice without ever assuming knowledge but also never assuming that the reader is anything less than intelligent and sentient. So it is never preachy, starchy,condescending or obtuse.
I particularly enjoyed the sections on animal guides and elementals. The meditations and lessons are well thought out and the little extras like Hoodoo and planetary influences are informative and fun. There is just so much packed into this book. ~ Colette Brown, Author, Shaman & Clairvoyant Tarot Reader