Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch

Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch 
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780998430
  • Publisher: Moon Books (February 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.     
  • Language: English

Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, sit back and take a glimpse into the world of Kitchen Witchcraft. This little book will give you an insight into what a Kitchen Witch is, what they do and how they do it. It gives an overview of the Sabbats, working with the Moon, the elements and candle magic. Packed full of ideas for crafting such as washes and smudges for your home and your body, witch bottles, incense, medicine bags, magic powders and offerings. Take a stroll through a Kitchen Witch's garden and discover what you will find there and finish up with some lovely meditations. Follow the heart of a Kitchen Witch...

This book held up to it's promise. It gives us a glimpse into Kitchen Witchcraft. There is an overview of the Sabbats, moon correspondences, days of the week correspondences, elemental correspondences, flower and herb correspondences etc. There are a few simple candle spells that you can use for different reasons as well. Simple crafts that you can craft with magical intent, and even some meditations. I liked the section on gardening. I wish that it would have went into a little more detail with the potted plants though. 

The author is well known in the pagan community, and she is a respected person. I don't find any major flaws in her writing style, and think that this little book was full of useful information. Just what I was looking for. Short, and sweet but to the point. 

I would recommend it to anyone interested in Kitchen Witchery. There are others out there, possibly better, but this one is well worth the $3.00 price tag. 

Goddess In the Kitchen: The Magic & Making of Food

Goddess In the Kitchen: The Magic & Making of Food   
Paperback: 102 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492707112

We all eat to survive, but is it not just as important to eat to really live? Can we really use the food we eat every day to manifest a better life for ourselves? This book fully explores the energy that we invest into food during its preparation, how emotions during cooking, serving, and eating affects the people who eat the food, and how you can successfully instill particular energy into a food to create a specific outcome. In addition to the fascinating subject of energy and food, this book also contains more than 75 delicious recipes from the author's own collection.

This book started out quite interesting. I was looking for a book that was available on kindle to read about kitchen witchery, and this one looked promising. It helps that it's available on kindle unlimited to borrow for free. I probably wouldn't have gotten it otherwise. 

I think the author began the book with enthusiasm and she has a way of writing that makes one feel as if they are sitting there with her and having a coffee, talking candidly. The topic of the book is very promising, but I did find myself skimming through some of the topics that were too simple and common sense. 

The better parts were when she talked about preparing a magical meal and putting intent into the food. I thought that the book was picking up again, but it let me down. 

As soon as it grabbed my attention, it ended with what the author calls,"75 delicious recipes from her own collection." I found the recipes to be VERY ordinary and ones that I have known in my head now for years without the need of a cookbook recipe. 

The end of the book has some correspondences with color, a list of hints while preparing food. The hints are a little helpful, the colors - every witch knows already. I think that had the book been planned out a little more it could have been much better. There are others out there that are worth the money, this one isn't. You will gain very little information from it about kitchen witchery. The description of the book is pretty much a summary of the contents of the book - nothing more inside to elaborate on the topics. If you aren't a witch, you might gain a small bit of information on the subject of being one, and without the stereotypical stuff.