By Kate West
Published 2002 by Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing
Synopsis: As the long title says, this book contains spells, recipes, oils, lotions and potions. There is also a short section in the beginning explaining Wicca. There is a section of terms and definitions.
This book is excellent for beginners. It explains in great detail how to perform rituals. It also explains the religion of Wicca. There are lots of recipes that seem easy enough for anyone to try. There are recipes for teas, herbal baths, soaps, foods, oils, lotions, etc.
I do, however, have several small problems with this book. I am not Wiccan, so the constant assumption that anyone reading this is Wiccan gets a bit annoying. Also, the measurements are in ounces. My measuring cups don’t do ounces. That makes for a bit of confusion. In addition, the recipes for soaps, oils, and lotions begin with “go to the store and buy unscented soap/lotion/oil bases and add “X” for your chosen fragrance. I was hoping for recipes for these items from scratch. The section on bathing is a bit condescending. But, then again, maybe some people do need to be told to bathe regularly.
While it sounds as if there was more bad than good with this book, that is not truly the case. It really depends on what you are looking for. As stated earlier, it is an excellent book for beginners. It’s also very good if you are looking for an idea of the realm of the Kitchen Witch. When I bought this book I was looking for some kind of more detailed description of what a Kitchen Witch does than I could find on the internet. There is a lot of basic info included. But, if you are looking for something advanced, beyond beginner, you will probably want to look elsewhere.