Book Review: Magick for the Kitchen Witch

Witchcraft for the Hearth and Home

Deanna Anderson's "Magick for the Kitchen Witch". Image courtesy Andborough Publishing, LLC

Author Deanna Anderson recently released Magick for the Kitchen Witch, a guide for those of us who see the hearth as the center of the home. The tradition of kitchen witchery has its roots in early folk magic and folklore itself, and has lived on in the modern Neopagan movement. Anderson's book, the first in a proposed series, takes a look at how we can incorporate magical living into our homes, our hearths, and our daily lives with the kitchen witch philosophy.

Each chapter looks at a different aspect of the kitchen witch methodology. In a section on Food Magick, Anderson tackles one my of my personal favorites -- the idea of incorporating magical energy into cooking. She suggests magical ingredients for pie fillings, sigils to be inscribed on crusts, herbal broths and teas, and more. Another chapter looks at simple healing magic, such as homemade lip balms and health charms. Unlike many authors who simply say, "Use these herbs to feel better!", Anderson is savvy enough to include a disclaimer that medical advice regarding illnesses should be sought out from a licensed practitioner.

The always-adaptable witch bottle gets a chapter of its own, and Anderson offers some great ideas on how to fill one based upon your needs. She provides recipes for a variety of bottles -- one to protect the home, another for peace and quiet, still another to be given as a wedding gift.

Chapter 11 covers Divination and Scrying, and it's one of the best sections of all. She looks at techniques found in folklore and traditional hill magic, such as the uses of acorns, stones, or even needles as divinatory tools. I'd have liked to see her go into more details about some of these, and hope that at some point she writes a book focusing solely on divination, because each of the topics in this section could easily have an entire chapter of its own.

In fact, if I had one complaint about this book, it would be that because Anderson tries to cover so much great material, a few of the chapters leave me wanting more. I wouldn't have minded seeing some of the ideas fleshed out in more detail. The chapter on witch ladders and knot magic seemed all too short, as did the one on the use of candles as a magical tool. I know Anderson has a creative flair, and I'd like to see more, so I'm hoping that she's indeed able to produce an entire series of useful books for folks interested in kitchen witchcraft.

On the whole, I'd highly recommend Magick for the Kitchen Witch, not just to beginners but to more experienced practitioners as well. It's a good general overview of kitchen witchery and folk magic techniques, and hopefully we'll see a lot more in the future from Deanna Anderson.


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