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A decent recipe book...but where's the magick?,
This review is from: A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook (Paperback)
I got this book on a whim. I collect cookbooks and in this book it says it combines magick and cooking so this seemed like a homerun book for me.
However, I must say there are a good points to this book and bad points.
The Good: There is a wonderful collection of recipes. A very wide range of cultures is represented in this book. I was very pleased to see the eclectic mix of recipes from all around the world. Some of the recipes are simple and quick to make.
I enjoyed the introduction of how cooking and magick are one. This little history of how the kitchen is an essential part of Wiccan's life for centuries was very intriguing and interesting.
A very helpful point is at the bottom of each recipe she list variations on the recipe, magickal associations, attributes of the recipes and lists a few celebrations the dishes can be made for.
The last section of the book "Tables and appendices" is very useful. The measures, conversions and substitutions section is very handy. There is useful lists of ingredients and what goddess and gods or emotions they represent. This section is filled with information and handy charts and lists where she tells you what certain symbols, herbs, ingredients mean or what they could represent.
The Bad: Even though the recipes are quite good, it is a miss mash of recipes for an experienced cook and a beginner. Many recipes are not for beginners. In addition, some of the ingredients not many people will know what they are or where in the world to get them.
Moreover, unlike Cunningham's Encyclopaedia of Wicca in the Kitchen where there is a magickal element to the recipes this cookbook was quite lacking in it.
The so-called magickal part of the book is the lists magickal associations, attributes and celebrations they can be made for. However, that is the magickal element. It is just magickal suggestions of each recipe that really disappointed me.
In Wicca in the kitchen the recipes is simple and easy to understand, here you have to make at times judgement calls for yourself. The fact that you have to make judgements on cooking time, spicing, and other things she leaves out, this really through me off.
However, once using the book a couple of times and figuring things out for myself. I find myself making many of the recipes in this book. They are very good.
All in all this is a good cookbook the magickal element in this book is lacking. However, if you know how to cook or if you do not and want to give it a whirl anyways, the recipes that are included in this book are very yummy.
I believe that you should buy this book used. I bought this new, and I truly believe I should driven the extra bit and went to my local used bookstore and bought it used.
I saw a few of the author's other cooking and magick related books and I am considering buying them used.