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Witch in the Kitchen: Magical Cooking for All Seasons [Kindle Edition]

Cait Johnson
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Book Description

A book of recipes, spells, and rituals for celebrating our connection to the Earth and her seasons.


• Redesigned to focus on all eight pagan holidays.


• Includes new spells, rituals, and meditations, as well as 80 vegetarian recipes.


• Written by practicing witch Cait Johnson, coauthor of Celebrating the Great Mother (12,000 copies sold).


The beliefs of Wicca are rooted firmly in the earth--in the gradual circling of her seasons and the bounty and blessings she provides. In Witch in the Kitchen: Magical Cooking for All Seasons, practicing witch Cait Johnson celebrates the sacred in each season with more than 80 soul-satisfying and appetizing recipes. In engaging and inviting prose, the author provides rituals, spells, and meditations for the eight pagan holidays, inspirations for creating a kitchen altar, and ways to prepare for each season. She offers ideas for decorating your kitchen with objects of power and magic--eggs symbolizing fertility in spring, dried orange slices as reminders of the sun in mid-winter--to align our bodies, spirits, and senses to the pace and mood of the Earth's changes. Above all are the recipes for delicious, sensuous salads, soups, main dishes, and desserts made from ingredients in tune with the Earth's seasonal gifts. Serve Stuffed Acorn Squash and Fig-Apple Crumble at a Samhain gathering; celebrate Winter Solstice with Pomander Salad and Savory Yuletide Pie; welcome Imbolc with Sprouted Spring Salad and Magic Isle Pasties; or share the harvest at Lughnasad with Spicy Stir-Fried Greens and Sunny Peach Pie. With its recipes, rituals, and reminders of our ancient connections to the seasons, Witch in the Kitchen invites you to honor yourself and the Earth and delight in the magic that comes from sharing good food with good company.



Editorial Reviews

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"Our culture may well have lost the spiritual connection with food and cooking.Cooking Like a Goddess reconnects us with the 'Goddess Way' of our ancestors - a way of life in which food is a gift from the body of our sacred Mother Earth. Food again becomes something holy." (Hearth Fire)

"The subtlety of this book is exactly what it's all about. After reading it, no one will ever look at food preparation the same way again.The writing itself is poetic, magical and personally inspiring. The rituals and meditations suggested will give you a grateful appreciation and conscious awareness of kitchen magic." (The Beltane Papers)

"Cooking Like a Goddess is a vegetarian cookbook, and much, much more. This is a text for sacred living. . . . Overflowing with treasures. Highly recommended." (SageWoman, 1997)

"More than just a cookbook, Johnson has created a primer on how to work with food and kitchen energy in a holistic spiritually satisfying way. She starts with a 35-page ode to the magic of the kitchen altars, cleaning, even how to make a kitchen goddess apron. And then she gets right down to it-the recipes. Organized by season, her year (like the Witches' Year) starts in Autumn. Each season contains meditations, ideas for ritual, decorations, as well as the luscious recipes. First-rate, through and through, with the gentle touch of a truly gifted priestess-and a talented cook. Recommended." (Anne Newkirk Niven, SageWoman, Winter '00 - '01)

"A magical tome that explores cooking as a nourishing spiritual practice." (PJ Birosik, Nexus, July/August 2002)

"In her latest book, author Cait Johnson shows us how to reclaim our kitchens and reconnect with our ancestors. . . . I highly recommend it." (Ayden Delacroix, In the Library Reviews, Dec 2005)

“. . . these are vegetarian and vegan recipes, and thus may seem to be restricted in their appeal - Wrong! Even for those of us who are omnivorous, the appearance of a new side dish can enhance our dining experience. Then, there are the recipes for the beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) which also appear within the covers of this book. There absolutely is something for everyone here.” (Michael Gleason, Independent Reviewer, August 2011)

"With a rich and nourishing mix of recipes, rituals, meditations, poetry, and down-home passion for the earth, Cait Johnson welcomes us into the Great Archetypal Kitchen and invites us to make it our own. Here we cook and dream, make love and feast. Here, at last, we are encouraged to play--and pray--with our food." (Elizabeth Cunningham, author of The Return of the Goddess: A Divine Comedy)

From the Back Cover

WICCA / COOKING

The beliefs of Wicca are rooted firmly in the Earth--in the gradual circling of her seasons and the bounty and blessings she provides. In Witch in the Kitchen: Magical Cooking for All Seasons practicing witch Cait Johnson celebrates the sacred in each season with more than eighty soul-satisfying and appetizing recipes for bringing to your hearth and table the magic in each turn of the year’s wheel.

In engaging and inviting prose, the author provides rituals, spells, and meditations for the eight pagan holidays, inspirations for creating a kitchen altar, and ways to prepare for each season. She offers ideas for decorating your kitchen with objects of power and magic--eggs symbolizing fertility in spring, dried orange slices as reminders of the sun in midwinter--to align our bodies, spirits, and senses to the pace and mood of Earth’s changes. Above all are the recipes for delicious, sensuous salads, soups, main dishes, and desserts made from ingredients in tune with Earth’s seasonal gifts. Serve Stuffed Acorn Squash and Fig-Apple Crumble at a Samhain gathering; celebrate Winter Solstice with Pomander Salad and Savory Yuletide Pie; welcome Imbolc with Sprouted Spring Salad and Magic Isle Pasties; or share the harvest at Lughnasad with Spicy Stir-Fried Greens and Sunny Peach Pie. With its recipes, rituals, and reminders of our ancient connections to the seasons, Witch in the Kitchen invites you to honor yourself and the Earth and delight in the magic that comes from sharing good food with good company.

CAIT JOHNSON, an artist and writer who leads workshops on tarot, dreaming, and ritual-making, is coauthor of Celebrating the Great Mother. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (October 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VRKQMY
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt offering August 22, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book lays out a spiritual practice of reconnection with nature and the seasons of the year through the food we eat and its preparation. As with all paths there is a need to establish the environment and rituals for practice that enable the alchemy of transformation. With chapters on setting up the sacred space of the kitchen and rituals based around the wheel of the year, the stage is set for connection to our world through feeding our bodies. The healthy, earthy vegetarian recipes sound deeply satisfying for both body and soul. The dishes I have tried were a joy to make and eat.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes seasoned with fun.... September 29, 2005
Format:Paperback
If you are like me and looking for ways to eat veggies without being obvious, you will enjoy some of Cait Johnson's ideas for soups, salads and breads.

The big plus is that most of Cait's recipes are fairly healthful. Take the Cailleach or Kale-Leek Soup. Made without cream or butter, it includes olive oil and two veggies that are good for you.

Arranged seasonally, Johnson't book begins with Autumn (Mabon and Samhain fare) and continues through the witch's year to the festivities in mid-Spring when Johnson offers the reader-cook a lovely Miso soup and Salad Nests that are good for you and don't taste too bad (if you like sprouts, it will help).

I'm not much of a summer cook, but Titania's Cherry Soup made with honey, yogurt and Maple syrup finally allows me to make something other than muffins with my spring cherries. The Midsummer salad helps me make use of the various excess from the stock of hot peppers I grow every year for my parrots and my son-in-law. One of my favorite soups, however, is the Tomato-Venus soup around the feast of Lugh which I prefer to the cherry soup, which seems truly weird to me. Or, there's Juno's Summer Quiche if you can bear to turn on the oven.

In addition to following the Wheel of the Year and it's holidays as an organizing principle for her text, Johnson includes a little mystical background information about each of the various celebrations along with a list of supplies and other-worldly information.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double the Couldron Fun! January 29, 2002
Format:Paperback
Well, I ordered both of Ms, Johnson's books "Cooking like a Goddess" and "Witch in the Kitchen". Imagine my suprise and disappointment when I found that they are the same book from different publishers! Both have the same yummy treats and are packed full of cooking lore and ideas. If you are a Kitchen Witch or just starting to explore, either one of these books is a must for a Cooks bookshelf.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful March 1, 2002
Format:Paperback
This is the book that started my Path... a wonderful book, nonthreatening and gentle, but also full of ideas to bring out your witchy side. A gem!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't express in words how much i love this book ! February 21, 2004
Format:Paperback
the ideias of cait to create a sacred space in the kitchen are wonderful , her recipes are delicious ,but above everything i love the meditations and the spell for a gretefull heart... although i'm not a kitchenwitch i'm enjoying more and more the time i spend there, Ms Johnson thank you so much for this inspirational book .
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The combination of Wicca and cookery is not usual, but works well in a title where the author shares spells and meals centered around the eight pagan holidays, ideas for creating a kitchen altar, and season preparation methods which account for planetary signs and changes. The recipes for seasonal fruits and vegetables provide plenty of ideas.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suprised April 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
I was suprised that this was a vegan/vegetarian cookbook. After that wore off, I liked the book. I like books that I don't have to actually cook to enjoy. I was able to curl up with a glass of wine and read this without ever have to turn on the oven. I tagged some recipes to try later and have found the ones that have been made to be good. I am looking forward to making some more of them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author! September 22, 2008
Format:Paperback
The recipes are okay, (I'm not vegetarian), but it's the other content that makes this book truly special. Somehow she manages to find the spiritual link between the ancient and the modern, and I adore her for it! She is also a co-author of "Celebrating the Great Mother" I didn't recognize her name right away, but I quickly recognized her writing. Both books include thoughtful meditations, and rituals that skip the pomp and focus on the meaning. Her books make me feel grounded, while at the same time spirit soars. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her writing, and wish there was more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 9 days ago by Kym williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Read, Even If You Are Not A Wiccan. Not A...
A charming read even for non-Wiccans. More creative homemaking tips and recipes than hocus pocus. I chalked up a misinformed comment in the text about a particular Indian deity as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Dimblebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully inspiring and a perfect introduction for anyone who is ...
This book inspired me so much I redesigned my whole kitchen. Beautifully inspiring and a perfect introduction for anyone who is seeking to reconnect with their hearth.
Published 2 months ago by Danielle Bellinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking, Found!
From the cover to index, best offering of information, recipes, proving attention to intention. Each illustration augments the fabric of Cat Johnson's fulfilling feast of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ravenchild
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Yumminess
As a life long kitchen witch this book is such a gift. Johnson invites creativity through a combination of poetry and lore, rituals and recipes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anastasia Prentiss
5.0 out of 5 stars should be standard in every kitchen!
great illustrations, fascinating facts, wonderful recipes! this was both a gift and a second one as replacement for one I lost. can't do without it!
Published 12 months ago by Tamar R. Meadowhawk
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read and Good to Have In Your Library
I love celebrating the seasons and what's wrong with more holidays. I'm not a devout pagan. I'm not a devout anything, but I did enjoy this book and it presents holidays in a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kealoha81
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Easy to read and understand .. some very nice recipes... my friends and I are having fun meeting once a month and trying the recipes
Published 15 months ago by Tammy Druschel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
Great recipes, and good background info. Gives a lot of encouragement to try something new...and take a chance! Try it.
Published 16 months ago by Candyce Vilott
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it!
Perfect addition to my kitchen witch cookbooks! As with all my cookbooks, I wish this was a hardbound copy. Enjoyed reading it as well as the recipes!
Published 16 months ago by Sherry book
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