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One Pot Witchery - Stone Soup: The Hidden Grimoire Of The Kitchen Hedge Witch Paperback – August 1, 2008
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About the Author
Barbara Daca was born in the Appalachian Mountains on the edge of the Alleghany forest where herbs, folklore and medicines were plentiful. She is Generational Appalachian Mountain Witch of half British and half Dutch Amish heritage with a little Native American blood as well. Her books reflect her heritage and combine the aspects of Celtic, Amish, and Shaman in her Appalachian arts. Barbara Daca has a Masters Degree in Divinity and Religious studies. Barbara Daca is the proud parent of three incredible people. She has made a life long project of studying natural healing techniques and is well sought after for her healing salves and knowledge of ancient charms and potions. Barbara Daca is the owner of One Pot Witchery with her daughter, her nephew and two sisters. You can reach her on FaceBook as OnePot Witchery or Twitter @onepotwitchery, on her website: http://onepotwitchery.webs.com/ or see her personal profile on Witchvox.com/BarbaraDaca. She gladly welcomes all your comments and inquiries and will happily make time to answer any and all questions!
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It is the mornings we spent with our grandmother, and aunties in the kitchen, rolling dough and cutting potatoes. It is every skip and jump we took as children running through the tree's and plucking fresh honey suckle off the vine, pulling it apart and tasting the nectar, and it is the heart and soul of every one of our old time witches that couldn't write their magick down but instead passed it through lore and recipes.
When you open this book, you are getting a glimpse of the authors heart.
The recipes are yummy, some are very old while others are updated and very today. The stories are endearing and fun, and the information is stellar. The one thing that I have learned in my many years in the craft is that every single persons path is different, but every single person has something to teach and we all have something to learn. I took many lessons from this work, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Much of the information seems to be handed down from earlier generations, to the point where it's not all relevant. The lengthy instructions for making lye from wood ash and the recipes for canning are out of date and possibly unsafe. Some is pointless--there is a recipe for a butter sandwich. No joke.
Some of the herbalism bits were interesting, but I would have liked to know more about the source. She gives recipes for magical salves from the Leech's Book of Bald, but nothing about their applications, uses, or safety.
Her list of sources at the end (medieval herbalists to Scott Cunningham) made me realize what this is: a perfectly valid personal practice of a hedge witch, cobbled together from ancient and modern sources. But what works for one doesn't always work for another. Get a cookbook for recipes, the Foxfire books for Appalachian folklore, Cunningham for magical herbalism and anything from Llewellyn for spellwork. Copy the bits you like into your own grimoire, and you'll be in good shape.
Plus she kept misspelling "gallon" which drove me crazy.
Then just about the middle of December, out of nowhere thoughts of the book and Barbara started crossing my mind, much to my lack of interest. But I finally even looked at the book again and reread the reason why I disliked it. Again I was satisfied and put an end to that thinking. But the next day actually brought a big holiday greeting from Barbara via snail mail. I was astounded. Why on earth would I ever cross her mind? This whole thing was rather confusing to me and I spent a couple of days in deep thought. I finally could not ignore tha fact that even with its inclusion of christianity, I was meant to have the book. I ordered it and it arrived before the end of the month. When you are pulled to anything as intensely as I was to this book, you have no doubt that there is something important in store for you. Here I am now sharing with you my opinion of the book,
"One Pot Witchery ~ Stone Soup: the Hidden Grimoire of the Kitchen Hedge Witch".
Everytime that I read this book, I find that reading a cookbook sounds strange. But this book is so much more than a cookbook that it will keep you enthralled for hours. It is wisdom for life, especially if you have any witchy tendencies. There are recipes, simple ones like one for meatballs, wait .... I mean, Pixie Balls or something a bit more difficult like Pickled Green Tomatoes. Your choices are wide and varied:
Herb & Spice blends, Sauces
Soups, Chowders & Consomme's
Salads & Dressings
Old Fashioned Breads
Teas & Special-teas
Stones & their vibrations
Homemade Happiness (desserts)
Celtic Astrology of the Woods
Pied Piper Pickles
Wine, Mead & Beer
Herb Craft - Potpourri, Satchets
Essential Oils, Vinegars & Waters
Soaps & Lotions
Herbal Bathes, Salt and Oils
Salves & Ointments
Recipes for food, plus recipes for things that will better your life and soothe your soul as well.
The recipes include ones that have meat as an ingredient, but also vegetarian recipes and even vegan ones.
Simply pick & choose what fits into your lifestyle. Then begin creating tasty dishes that will become your personal favorites.
But the best parts of the book are intermingled throughout, on the lower sections of the pages. Here you will find incredibly simple and yet deeply profound shared wisdom, such as:
What Candle Flames Represent
Aura Color Meanings
To Heal A Friend
Sweet Summer Slumber
Earth Love Spell
To Sell Your House
The Order of Kabbalah
Charm against Warts
Dutch Color Meanings
... and so much more knowlege, including bits from many beliefs systems. Yep, I found the christian references and I simply skipped over them and ignored them completely, not a big problem at all. You may also find just a sentence or two that divulges a wisp of mountain knowledge.
"Tossing someone an apple proposes marriage, catching one accepts the proposal - however - if you
are given a green knotted ribbon as an answer then your proposal has been rejected!"
But the charm and enticements of this book don't stop there. Included also is a "Mini Magickal Cookery" section with recipes that do not require any cooking.
Edible Play Dough
Pixie Pizza Sandwiches
Dancing Fairies Drink
... & many more!
A collection of crafts & food that you can share with your young ones, that will stimulate creativity and even start future chefs on their tasty path. You will even end up trying a few just for yourself.
Now comes one my favorite parts of the book. The herbal information that has been included: The "Comprehensive Herbal" section. Here you will find many herbs listed, about 50 pages of them, from Alliums to Yucca. Each herb is discussed thoroughly & yet succinctly, with simple terms and simple uses for each one. Medicinal uses, the actions, the culinary uses, and the magickal correspondences and even a bit more are included with each one. Example:
"Peppermint/leaf; Medicinal; pains, cramps, colic, fevers, and heart palpitations.Tea for colds or flu; equal parts peppermint, elderflower, boneset, yarrow.
Tea for nervous disorders; equal parts of peppermint, wood betony and a few drops of caraway tincture.
Action: antispasmodic, stimulant, carminative. Culinary: teas, salads and desserts also as a flavouring.
Magickal: purification, sleep, love, healing and psychic powers."
I find these pages to be filled with much information that covers many topics for each herb listed.
Some descriptions are shorter and some are longer, but it's sure to become a favorite section for you as well. It is simple exellence.
But wait ... there is still more! A section about Tasseomancy - Reading Tea Leaves. A very detailed list of figures, symbols, shapes that can be found in your tea readings. It's over 25 pages long!
And also, just to cap things off, there is a 25 + page grimoire that includes charms, salves, amulets, spells, talismans and more.
So there you have it, my own personal opinion of the book. The book that I would have sworn I would never even read, let alone possess. I hope that you will take the time to read the official description of this book and also visit BarbaraDaca at covenspace and read her blogs and find out what a sincere, warm, and magickal friend of mine she is. (Remember to read the blog titled "Different Paths".) This is a book that you will keep within arm's reach most of the time and actually glean more & more from the vast amount of wisdom that fills the book from cover to cover. A very worthwile purchase.
"One more personal note that I would like to share with each of you. Every single time that I am reading, holding, or contemplating this book in any way, I experience a deeply seated warmth within my spirit. Perhaps it is just a personal reaction, letting me know that this book holds much for me. But these "warm, witchy fuzzies" are so real to me it's like being wrapped in a magickal blanket each & every time."