Food, Folklore & Fairy Tale
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Magic, superstition, cooking, and food rituals have been intertwined since ancient times. Kitchen Witch explores this history and culture and that of herbalists, wise women, cooks, cunning folk, and the name many of them would come to bear: witch.
Welcome to a place of great magic—the kitchen!
Kitchen Witch is an invitation to see the magic in every corner of your kitchen. With the Kitchen Witch as our guide, we’ll explore food, nature, magic, and transformation. We’ll discover what the name of “Kitchen Witch” could mean to us in modern interpretations of ancient practices. May this book of stories and ideas show that there’s magic in the mundane, witchcraft within your walls, and the goddess really is in the details.
Within this book you’ll find no recipes, but something cooked up just for you; you’ll find stories—stories of magic, healing, and hearth, of feasts and fasts and fairy tales. Of poisoned apples, bewitching gingerbread, and seeing the future in a teacup…
- Discover the fantastic folklore and healing properties of everyday foods: fruits, vegetables, honey, bread, and nuts
- Delight in food customs and rituals from ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome
- Meet cunning folk, herbalists, ale-wives, beer goddesses, and the many faces of the Kitchen Witch through the ages
- Journey through food for every seasonal festival on the Wheel of the Year
- Enjoy fairy and folk tales of witches and saints in Scandinavia, floating apples and snapdragon in England, potato-wolves in Germany, tatty bogles and angels who drink whisky in Scotland, and a rather surprising prevalence of pancakes…
In Sarah’s signature style of weaving together the magical, this exciting new book will touch on a myriad of modalities in a journey lined with folklore, fairytale and so much food!
"A fascinating and beautifully crafted book following the history, myths and tales of the Kitchen Witch. Following a trail between legend and modern day working, this makes for a fabulous read."
—Rachel Patterson, Kitchen Witch, author of Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch and the Kitchen Witchcraft Series
"In Kitchen Witch, Sarah Robinson dishes up an engrossing feast for mind, heart, and spirit. Stewing together lore and legacy and learning, this book will delight you with its blend of commonplace magic, practical enchantment, bits of story, and splashes of curiosity. It reminds us of the power of the arts so often reserved for the realms of women and therefore lost to memory or swept aside as unimportant or mundane. Kitchen Witch helps us to remember that we come from bread and fire, from resourcefulness and intuition, from tinctures and time, from spiced cider and healing, and from long lines of sweet jellies shining in the sun. We come from the ordinary magic of ordinary lives. In kitchens around the world, we remember."
—Molly Remer, MSW, D.Min., priestess, creatrix of #30DaysofGoddess, and author of Womanrunes, Walking with Persephone, and Whole and Holy
"This is a thoroughly interesting and important book for all women today, helping us to reclaim our power to interweave our intuitive responses, intentions and healing into the food we create. It is a rich journey into the history and the stories handed down through folklore and folktales, helping us to reach back over the span of time to reconnect with women and women’s history, and discover ways to renew our relationship with the land. I shall be buying this for all my women friends this year!"
—Glennie Kindred, author of Walking with Trees, Sacred Earth Celebrations and many more
"Sarah Robinson continues her engaging explorations of Witchcraft, old and new, through the kitchen door with delicious tidbits, tales and insights to nourish your craft and your spirit."
—Phyllis Curott, author of The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot and Book of Shadows
"This is a delicious book, which delves into all the corners of the kitchen, and offers insight into how and why we associate certain magic with food."
—Alice Tarbuck, author of A Spell in the Wild
"Kitchen Witch is a beautiful and compelling body of work exploring the ordinary, everyday magic in our kitchens: sacred places of connection, listening, healing and cooking.
This invitation to consciously explore what is in our DNA is a marvelous and captivating crossing through the ancient and revered mystical lands of food medicine and magic, ritual and celebration, potions and balms. From gardens to hedgerows to cauldrons and charms, Sarah Robinson poetically portrays our ancient roots and the calendar of our ancestresses. With the wisdom and skill of the witches who have gone before us, the author draws upon the fields of archaeology, history, mythology, spirituality, fairytale and folklore. These sagesse stories will embed deep into your psyche while the delightful line drawings augment the wisdom of the witches. Kitchen Witch shows us that our kitchens are holy places of ritual, rhythm, recipes and remembering. Most importantly, we are given permission to live our witchery lives."
—Veronika Sophia Robinson, author of The Mystic Cookfire, Love From My Kitchen, and I Create My Day; celebrant and celebrant trainer, and editor of The Celebrant magazine