The Witch's Feast
A Kitchen Grimoire
by Melissa Madara
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Pub Date 30 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 19 Oct 2021
A decadent collection of magical dishes and feasts created by the herbalist, witch, chef and co-owner of Catland Books, Melissa Madara.
Both food and magic are creative acts that require practice, intuition and a little bit of experimentation. They are also seductive arts, with an air of secrecy, served as an act of devotion to our environment. The Witch's Feast invites you to the ritual table, to engage with the craft through cooking, eating, and sharing delicious feasts with others.
Written by herbalist, witch, chef and co-owner of the famous occult bookshops Catland Books, Melissa Madara, this book reveals the storied history of kitchen witchcraft. Through decadent recipes, accompanied by correspondences, lore and historical context, this practical introduction to magical cooking explores five different facets of the occult tradition: traditional pagan dishes, cooking through the wheel of the zodiac, devotional meals to the planets, seasonal feasts to celebrate solstices and equinoxes, and practical spellwork through food and potions. Recreate an ancient roman feast with Roasted Lamb with Milk and Honey Marinade, followed by Cheesecake Baked in Fig Leaves. Celebrate a Libra birthday with Floral Pappardelle with Pistachio Sauce, with Roasted Pineapple and Basil Mousse for dessert. Align with Saturn over Blackberry Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Honour the autumn equinox with a feast of Crostini with Roasted Grapes, Pomegranate-glazed Turkey with Roasted Fennel, Curried Apple Soup, and Earl Grey Bundt Cake. Or share an intimate evening of storytelling over Mugwort & Catnip Divination Tea.
Full of sumptuous photography, this book will not only make mouth-watering inspiration for any cook but also a workable praxis for exploring manifestation and spiritual art. Emphasising seasonality and sustainability, The Witch's Feast shows that magic is easily integrated into our lives, beginning with one of the most fundamental of human rituals - gathering, sharing and dedicating ourselves to the great work of the ritual feast.
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Average rating from 40 members
I received a sampler of this book in exchange for my honest review. From what I read, this is a really cool cookbook, full of history and lore behind the idea of “feasting”, as well as history for each recipe. The recipes themselves are very Mediterranean, which is perfect to me. I saw at least 2, maybe 3, recipes that included figs. Yum! I definitely plan on picking this book up when it comes out.
I was fascinated by this book, and the historical part of it especially, but equally by the recipes. I will be using it as a reference book for the recipes. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of the book.
Okay this might be the book that really gets me into Kitchen Witchery. I have been out of the broom closet for just over a year now, and enjoying good food for far longer! There has often been a time when rooting around in old family recipes I wonder if my ancestors would like an offering of any of them, and even more often when I simply wonder what they might have eaten before the world began to feel like the one it is today. I couldn't even tell you what made me request a cook book for the first time, apart from fate itself. Everything you see in this amazing portfolio of ancient recipes and ritual offerings will genuinely make you start salivating. Where do I begin?! Genuine recipes of Fornacalia focaccia, Duck breats with blueberry balsamic and honey walnut, creamy mugwort soup and cleansing iced tea. This book is a bible of genuine, hearty meals perfect for those of us interested in connecting with both our ancestors and inner-selves. I've already added the modest ingredients to my weekly shopping list and am keen to implement most of these into my every-day meals. Seriously, it's a goldmine. As someone who works with deities and ancestors, and often finds herself struggling to source homemade or suitable offerings on the holidays, Madara has come through like the sun parting clouds. RUN DO NOT WALK, for I anticipate this book flying off shelves and running out of stock quickly, for it's a real treasure.
This book is stunning - I love how it is broken out between different feasts. The Feast of the Ancestors, The Feast of the Stars, The Feast of the Heavens, The Feast of Spells and The Feast of Earth. Each feast and recipe have their own meaning and process. The pictures are gorgeous and the recipes are easy to follow. I will be purchasing this to have in my collection!
There’s nothing I love better than a good book that not only shares recipes, but also shares background and history as well. This book delivers on all fronts. I love the history of the feasts and times past as well as the recipes. THIS is the cookbook that my kitchen has been missing and makes me incredibly happy. I am ready to incorporate some of these recipes into feasts through the wheel of the year and can’t wait to share them with my family and friends.
This is a beautiful exploration of the pagan significance of feasts and how we bring ancient rituals into our daily lives. The recipes are adaptable while also remaining true to history, and I’m so excited to give them a try. This is definitely a book that I’ll be picking up as a physical copy!