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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wiccan Cooking & Eating

I've got to find a widget that collects for me all the books I come across and am interested in. At the original article there are eight more books of recipes. We'll be having spinach every day next week I think. :) more cookbooks

The Magical World of Wiccan Cookery: 9 Recipe Collections

According to Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen, pretzels offer protection, basil is for lovers, and spinach will make you wealthy—season it with sesame seeds or nutmeg "for added power." These are all useful tips if you happen to be preparing a Sabbat feast to celebrate Samhain (that's Halloween for those of use who aren't modern-day witches and warlocks), but even if you aren't familiar with Wiccan cooking, a visit to the wonderful and wacky Wiccan cookbook shelf is in order.

Why? In part because Halloween is near—but more importantly, because pagan cookbooks (and yes, there are a lot of them) are at once enlightened and silly, fascinating and full of bizarre-sounding recipes and alliterative chapter titles. ("Mystical Meats"?) Underlying it all, though, are some powerful ideas about food's importance—sacredness, even—that aren't so different from those held by fans of farmers' markets and Slow Food. "Cook with purpose and care," Cunningham says; "Cook with love." And don't forget to serve some Amuletic Appetizers.

So, without further delay, here's a brief introduction to Wiccan recipe collections:


Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen


"You'll find the magic of wine, sugar, and hotcross buns here, along with that of seaweed, carrots, and tofu," writes the author of this "practical food magic manual." "This book has something for everyone." And it really does seem to be practical. The author, Scott Cunningham, adds, "I don't recommend trying to cook in a cauldron unless you have an open hearth and plenty of time."

Notable recipe:
Apricot Brandy Quick Amatory Drink

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” - Plato

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