Throughout my life, I’ve been interested in the spiritual world, and how its energies and vibrations resonate in our daily lives. Of course, life took over and for a long period of time, I didn’t realize I had detached myself from the serenity of connecting to the universe.
The pandemic has brought this opportunity back into my life again. Being able to do things, which the hustle and bustle of daily life took away from, has been a blessing these last six months. So when I received a copy of The Wicca Cookbook: Recipes, Ritual, and Love, it certainly felt like things have come full circle.
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Although it is touted as a cookbook, it is SO much more. Authors Jamie Wood and Tara Seefeldt have created a wonderful read (this is its second edition, 10 years after its first publication) with a historical look at Wiccan cuisine, and how it was created, and how it has evolved through time.
It resonates with me in so many ways, as I am finding a connection between Wicca ingredients, and the healing properties of Chinese medicinal herbs and tonics that I grew up with. I love the rituals and “spells” which are also prevalent in Chinese folklore and how it pertains to our daily lives.
Recipes in the book are separated into sections under significant dates such as “Autumn Equinox”, “Winter Solstice”, as well as pagan holidays such as “Beltane”, “Samhain” (All Saints Day), and “Candlemas” and “Lammas” which are Christian holidays. It is interesting to note that growing up, our family celebrated the Winter Solstice as well. I also love that there is a section especially dedicated to cooking with children.
The book is well-researched, and offers a myriad of information that is vital to understanding Wicca traditions surrounding spells, Medieval cooking, and growing an herb garden — not really different to those of us going back to basics and embracing what the earth has to offer, instead of simply taking without consciously thinking about it.
Another commendable aspect of the book is that every recipe is accompanied by a vivid description of the ingredients, its relevant history, and its health properties. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read, filled with a wealth of information, some of which I was not aware of.
The Wicca Cookbook: Recipes, Ritual and Love is the perfect gift for you or a loved one, especially those looking for something a little different, but with great intentions of being one with nature, the earth, and the environment we live in. Not only is this a cookbook, but it is also one which provides an excellent read for those interested in spirituality and self-awareness, combining it with food and cookery. I highly recommend it!
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