Food is magical, not just because of the amazing tastes, flavours and aromas but also for the magical properties it holds. The magic starts with the choice of food to use, be added in whilst you are preparing and cooking then the magic unfolds as people enjoy your food. Dishes can be created for specific intents, moon phases, and rituals, to celebrate sabbats or just to bring the magic into your family meal. Many food ingredients can also be used very successfully in magical workings in the form of offerings, medicine pouches, witches bottles and poppets.
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REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
another great book, just couldn't put it down, it cover everything from herbs, spices to meat eggs butter, things to make and what to do with egg shells and bones, this book is truly worth having in your book collection. ~ CosmicDancer, Amazon
So funny! But also informative, insightful, and, I hope, fun! My granddaughter watched the Amazon original series "Just Add Magic", so I was delighted to find this book! It gives information about the various foods, what their properties are, what they can be used for, and also some recipes. My granddaughter can't wait to cook with me! Measurements are British/European, but there is a handy conversion chapter in the back. And Rachel has a great sense of humor, which I enjoyed while reading. ~ Karen R Creveston, Amazon
A inspiring book with lots of lovely ideas. ~ Kris, Amazon
Loved the recipes for each of the eight-fold celebrations, I now have something to make to take to any celebration. ~ Customer, Amazon
I love this book!
It sits on my kitchen altar, so it is always to hand.
I bought it for my cousin too, as I knew she would get lots of use out of it ~ Willowmoon, Amazon
I have been treading samples of Rachel Patterson's books but liked this one most. I bought the book and glad I did! It includes recipes, information on ingredients and as a new learner to the ways of kitchen witchery, I felt this book has been the best I have read so far. The asking price for this book was reasonable and worth the money. ~ Kindle customer, Amazon
Boughtmon Kindle, I intend to purchase this in book form as this is an excellent book. One of the best of its kind. Well written and full of information!! ~ Michelle Carline, Amazon
Boughtmon Kindle, I intend to purchase this in book form as this is an excellent book. One of the best of its kind. Well written and full of information!! ~ Mickie N, Amazon
After reading Rachel Patterson’s newest book in her Kitchen Witch series, you just might be inspired to give your kitchen a magical makeover. Not only is she a veteran author of five books on magical food, she is High Priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven and an elder at the online Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchcraft. With touches of cheeky humour, she describes readying the kitchen and cooking equipment for magical work, seasonal and holiday recipes, magical food for intent, correspondences of various sorts, food for the moon cycle, and food spells. Think “Engagement Chicken” (Glamour magazine’s famous recipe for inducing a man to propose) taken to a whole new level!...
She writes that her heart is that of a kitchen witch. That is obvious. Anyone who has ever eaten a home-cooked meal filled with love can feel the “spell” the cook has cast — even if the cook is not a witch. For the practicing witch, A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food is like a culinary grimoire, waiting for you to write your own spells in the margins. ~ Susan Starr, http://www.spiralnature.com/
This is a lovely book filled with useful tips and good humour.
I especially like all the positive things said about cake! ;-)
I got this on Kindle, but actually there's things I'd like to refer back to frequently, so it's possibly better as a hard copy book.
Really good 'starter' book to get an understanding of what each food 'means'.
There's recipes and detailed explanations of food, and even some helpful correspondence charts at the back.
Well worth a read! ~ T L Clark, GoodReads
This lovely book is invaluable to any budding Kitchen Witch. Like Rachel's other books it is packed full of info on every type of food magic you can think of, and some you can't ! It has details on making your kitchen more witchy to seasonal recipes , lists of hearth goddesses and a comprehensive list of magical food correspondences, plus loads and loads more. This is definitely a must have book. ~ Kindle Customer, Amazon
I am returning to the Craft with a view to taking up the mantle of Kitchen Witch. I purchased this book purely on a whim, and it is one of the best purchases I have ever made.
Written in clear language without being patronising or condescending. Highly informative and enjoyable, this is a book for any experience level, from beginners to those who have been walking the path for years and wish to add another string to their mystical bow. ~ Hazel, Amazon
This is a great book! As with Rachel's other books, its filled with so much useful information and presented in her usual friendly approachable way. I love the idea of using food as a form of magic! As we already know relating food to seasons is common place, but Rachel takes this basic principle ten stages further - food for moon cycles, the wheel of the year and food for spell work, or intent. Included is a handy and very thorough Correspondent section, along with scrumptious recipes and tips for your produce last longer (herb butter for example.) However my very chapter is on Tea, especially how to change the hum drum cuppa into a ritualised ceremony with deep meaning and purpose. Also I have to point out, some of Rachel's herbal tea recipes are amazing!
A very proactive book, and a must for anyone who has followed Rachel's Kitchen Witch series. ~ Vate Pathfollower, Amazon
A great book for any one who loves cooking with love and feel good vibes. Very readable, written in Rachel's friendly, approachable style. ~ Heather Dewhurst, Amazon
Rachel Patterson's books just get better and better. I am frequently dipping into her earlier books - especially Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch, for ideas for spells and seasonal magic, and A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants and Herbs as a reference book for botanical correspondences.
Her latest booksA Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Food,due to reach shops at the end of this month, is my favourite yet. In my opinion it seems to get to the core of what kitchen witchcraft ought to be about - creating magic through cooking, both with the ingredients used and ways of preparing it.
The introduction says: "Food is magical, not just because of the amazing tastes, flavours and aromas, but also for the magical properties it holds. The magic starts with the choice of food to use and it can then be added in while you are preparing and cooking, then the magic unfolds as people enjoy your food. Dishes can be created for specific intents, moon phases, and rituals; to celebrate sabbats or just to bring the magic into your family meal. Many food ingredients can also be used very successfully in magical workings in the form of offerings, medicine pouches, witches’ bottles and poppets."
That passage pretty much sums up what the book offers. It is packed full of recipes you can create that not only taste absolutely delicious but will also give you a little magical help to get what you want in life. Need some extra luck? Try a cup of heather tea. Have a home-made honey scone with that if you also want to boost your magical powers or some gingerbread if you could do with more prosperity. None of the recipes seem overly complicated either, which gets my approval as I prefer eating to cooking. ~ Lucya Szachnowski, A Bad Witch's Blog
Hooray for magical food that isn’t USA-centric! If you don’t like or can’t get bloody pumpkins and yet want to learn to cook seasonally and magically, look here.
This is not just a cookbook, it also has guides to eating seasonally, brewing magical recipes, and has massive correspondence list for all kind of edibles. (It’s my favourite sort of correspondence list. No, not ’cause it’s food although that helps. It’s because Patterson explains why x thing has y qualities. )
But I’ll start with the recipes first.
This is a more British/European centric cookbook, although I don’t think it sells itself as such. But the distinct lack of pumpkins is refreshing.
There is a mix of recipes, some more traditional ones we’ve stopped eating, some more modern ones, and some that reflect Britain’s multicultural diet. There’s also a Gluten Free one, but if you’re experienced in food for any dietary concern you might have, you should find the recipes easy to adapt, as the magical ingredients are listed, along with why they have been chosen.
Although this book is not about wildcrafting, in the seasonal/sabbat food sections it does detail several plants you can wildharvest from according to season. Of course, consult a proper wildharvest book or website to make sure you can identify the plants you wish to pick, and also consult any people you know who harvest from the wild in your area (30 miles or so). I know for a fact that in my area chestnuts are only available for the fortnight that ends September and begins November, but the list is a good place to start.
Hooray for a big long correspondence lists that you can freestyle from, hooray for recipes for every taste, hooray for reasons behind why you did that, and HOORAY: NO PUMPKINS. ~ Siobhan Waters, adayinthelifeofawitch.wordpress.com
‘A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Foods’ by Rachel Patterson should take pride of place on your kitchen shelf amongst your most favourite recipe books. ~ Life and Soul Magazine, http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com/review-kitchen-witchs-world-magical-foods-rachel-patterson-moon-books/
As a devoutly committed foodie I savoured Rachel Patterson’s A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food over afternoon tea in front of a log fire – and heartedly endorse her view that “food is magical, not just because of the amazing tastes, flavours and aromas but also for the magical properties it holds”. She also reveals how Craft can be tempered with reverence, mirth and merriment, not to mention gastronomic enjoyment – while her recipes take us a long way from the traditional ‘cakes and ale’ of the post-ritual feast. I also liked the fact that she caters for us meat-eaters in the text without any hint of censure. An excellent addition to her ‘Kitchen Witch’ series and a book that would make the perfect gift for pagan (and not-so-pagan) friends to read with relish. ~ Melusine Draco, Moon Books author & Principle of Coven of the Scales
Rachel Patterson has provided a clear and consise book that shows the kitchen as a sacred space, and cooking as a truly magical art. A Kitchen Witchs World of Magical Food is easy to use as inspiration, reference, or as an introduction to casting with your cast iron pans. I will be working my way through the recipes! ~ Romany Rivers, author of The Woven Word
A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food is an enchanting look at the magic and mystery of food, from the power of tea to edible flowers, from seasonal treats to food poppets. A delightful book full of recipes and food lore that would be a great addition to any magical practitioner’s library. ~ Morgan Daimler, author of Fairy Witchcraft & Pagan Portals The Morrigan