Practically Pagan - An Alternative Guide to Cooking By Rachel Patterson
This book is expected to be published on 29 May 2020.
I had an advance copy to review.
I love cooking and am always looking for original ideas. I like the concept of cooking produce when it is seasonal. That is at the heart of this book.
'What Mother Nature intended us to eat ‘… to nourish the body, spirit, and soul.’ says Rachel.
It was an interesting idea to include Pagan in the title and I was willing to investigate it, even though the title sounded a little spooky.
Each chapter begins with a list of the recipes for that month and a charming introduction telling the reader about special pagan festivals coming up, like Solstice and the Equinoxes. Then she mentions the fruits and vegetables to look out for. Every chapter ends with a delicious drink. I liked the month of March and her Red Velvet Hot chocolate. I will definitely be using that recipe.
Most recipes are for vegan, vegetarian and meat-eaters, though not too many meat meals, and not many main courses either. Most of the recipes use seasonal vegetables. I love fresh vegetables and liked her take on Cauliflower Burger, which does not use soya.
There is nothing here for the low carb dieters, keto or gluten-free, that most people are acutely aware of these days. There are no photos or illustrations. However, she does give hints about using gluten-free products at the end of the book.
There was little in the book that was about paganism or an alternative lifestyle. Though her bio reveals she is a High Priestess of the Kitchen Witch Coven and an Elder at the online Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchcraft.
She also writes regularly for the Pagan Dawn, Magical Times, and Fate & Fortune magazines. She has written many books on a variety of topics from Witchcraft to Plants and Herbs in the Witches' kitchen.
I guess her large following will love her book and I wish her well with this and many more, on her favorite subject.
I was given an e-copy of this book by John Hunt Publishing Ltd via Netgalley. This is my own honest opinion.