The first book I would recommend on Kitchen Witchery is simply a comprehensive cookbook on the cuisine that you regularly eat. I can’t tell you which one this is, because it’s personal to you and your background, culture, and family history. If you come from a culture with a tradition of baking, I’d also recommend a basic baking book of your choosing.
As far as books specifically on making magic in the kitchen, here are six to start with:
Supermarket Magic is a spellbook centered around ingredients you can find at your local supermarket, unlike spellbooks of old that called for ingredients you’ve never heard of and have to track down through specialty dealers.
The first chapter, on Navigating the Supermarket, contains two simple meditations for grocery shopping. One is for protection and the other is an anti-anxiety orb. These may come in even more handy now than they did when the book was written.
The next two chapters cover magical basics and magical ethics. The author has written two books entirely on spellcasting, and these chapters are like a condensed primer.
From there the book become a spellbook organized by magical intention, covering:
- Clearing and Cleansing
- Love, Lust, and Beauty Magic
- Psychic Ability and Divination
- Sabbats and Esbats
- Miscellany (this is a few simple tables of correspondences that most books would call the appendix)
There’s a brief section on pages 53-57 on how to make oils, potions, powders, and vinegars. Within each magical intention, there are several different types of recipes, ranging from brews, oils and bath salts to witch bottles, powders, and charms. And, of course, foods. An example of a recipe is a good luck blend on page144 that calls for only orange juice, strawberries, and vanilla extract.
Supermarket Magic: Creating Spells, Brews, Potions & Powders from Everyday Ingredients
Llewellyn Publications, 2013
Supermarket Sabbats is from the same author as Supermarket Magic and it centers on the idea that:
…with a keen eye and careful shopping, we can find that all of our festivals have representation in the supermarket.p. 2
There is a (very) brief introduction that covers how to make potpourri, brews, incenses, magical oils, powders, and vinegars (we’re talking a paragraph or two on each) and a brief intro to how to do magic. If you’re never done magic before, this won’t be enough, but if you have then it’s all you need.
From here we head into four seasonal sections: Winter Wonderland, Spring Forward, Summer Surge, and Autumn Harvest. Every Sabbat is covered, along with New Year’s and Valentine’s Day (for some reason). The last chapter is called Special Occasions and it covers solar and lunar eclipses and Leap Day.
Each section contains recipes for potpourri, brews, incense, oils, powders, charms, foods, bath salts, witch bottles. Some sections contain things like spring cleaners or amulets. Each Sabbat includes and very brief ritual and a shopping list of ingredients for the recipes in that section.
Appendices in the back include a basic color magic chart and a more useful ingredient table of correspondences that lists, for each herb or food, the element, planet, polarity, and magical uses.
Supermarket Sabbats: A Magical Year Using Everyday Ingredients
Llewellyn Publications, 2017
A Cart Full of Magic is a small book of magical correspondences. This author has previously written a series of small spellbooks. This is not a spellbook. It doesn’t contain a bunch of recipes or rituals.
Part One is a brief rundown on things like magical supplies and tools, visualization, and grocery shopping with intention.
Part Two is correspondences for Food, Drink and More:
- Nuts and Seeds
- Grains and Legumes
- Baking Goods
- Herbs and Spices
- Coffee and Tea
- Juice Drinks
- Alcoholic Beverages
Part Three contains correspondences for Household, Hygiene, Beauty and Other Items:
- Essential Oils
- Hygiene and Daily Ritual Products
- Cleaning Products
- Seeds for Planting
- Bird Food
- Other Products (this section is a bunch of random items like candles, matches, safety pins, buttons, envelopes, jars)
Part Four is called Enhancing Magical Work. It includes using color correspondences, moon phases and days of the week, and some magical intentions such as happiness, health, love, money and the vegetable, flower, fruit, herb, essential oil, color, planet and day of the week to use in spells for that intention. There’s also a section on cleaning your home physically and spiritually.
It sounds like a lot to cover in a small book, and it is. It’s like the mini companion to the much larger Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences.
A Cart Full of Magic: Your Secret Supermarket Shopping List
Llewellyn Publications, 2018
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen is a cross between a book of correspondences and a cookbook. It has an introductory section on tools, food magic, and festival festival foods.
The next section is lists of foods and their correspondences:
- Breads & Grains
- Cakes, Sweetened Breads, Cookies & Pies
- Spices & Herbs
- Honey, Sugar, Chocolate, Carob, & Maple Syrup
- Nuts & Alleged Nuts
- Salt, Vinegar, Soup & Noodles
- Food from Sea & River
- Beer, Wine & Alcoholic Beverages, Tea & Coffee
- The Mystic Egg
- From the Dairy
After that is a section called Magical Food Diets that is arranged by magical intention and contains food recommendations and recipes for each:
- Health & Healing
- Psychic Awareness
- Peace & Happiness
- Weight Loss
- Other Magical Food Diets (Physical Strength and Magical Power, Fertility, Grounding, Conscious Mind, Luck)
The next section is called Scott’s Favorite Recipes and it’s a cookbook in the standard format (by appetizers, beverages, etc.) but it’s less than 30 pages long and there’s a note from the editor saying that Cunningham had intended to write a separate cookout but died before it was complete. There are some correspondence tables in the back.
This book would appeal to a Cunningham fan, as it’s similar to his other encyclopedias. If you have several other books on kitchen witchery you may find it redundant, but it’s a good place to start.
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen
Llewellyn Publications, 2013 (originally published in 1990)
Whereas the other books were magical books that happen to contain recipes, Romancing the Stove is a cookbook that happens to contain a bit of magic. It’s the most delicious book on this list, from an author who has written other cookbooks. It also has a focus on Roman goddesses, with sections like “She Wrote the Book on Playing Hard to Get” (a short essay on Vesta followed by recipes for Home-Brew Kahlua and Russian Huntress (which adds the Kahlua to crushed ice and vodka).
Interspersed among the recipes are short pieces about bath magic, candle magic, celebrating the seasons. Chapters include:
- Good Goddess, Let’s Eat! The Kitchen Goddess Manifesto
- Demeter’s Delights: Heartwarming Treasures for the Kid in All of Us
- In Aphrodite’s Mixing Bowl: Delicious Pleasure and Tasty Favorites
- Making Life a Picnic: Feel-Good Feasts at Nature’s Table
- Vestal Pleasures: Food for Savoring Solitude
- The Artemis Party: Fun Fare for Festive Occasions
- Charmed Holidays: Celebrations for a Spell
- The Golden Apple Invitational (this section has a story about the goddess of discord, Eris, and a recipe for Golden Apple Dumplings)
The best thing I can say about this cookbook is that I’ve been making Margie’s Cowboy Cookies (page 60) for almost two decades.
Romancing the Stove: Celebrated Recipes and Delicious Fun for Every Kitchen Goddess
Conari Press, 2002 (previously published as Goddess in the Kitchen)
Witch in the Kitchen is another cookbook with magical sidebars rather than a magical book that also has recipes. Part One (Kitchen Magic) has information on making your kitchen a sacred space, setting up a kitchen altar, making a kitchen with apron, and performing kitchen rituals. There are some brief correspondences and idea for decorations.
The cookbook sections are: Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. There are essays on each season, early season recipes, Sabbat recipes, late season recipes. There are also some spells and rituals for each Sabbat.
Right now we’re in late spring, and her recipes in this section include:
- Sensuous Spinach Soup
- Wild Salad (including actual leaves you pick from outdoors, like dandelion)
- Beltane Asparagus
- Toaster Tamari Almonds
- Risotto Primavera
- Aphrodites Love Cakes
The book is not overtly vegetarian but the recipes are quietly plant-based.
There’s a short section in the back on emotions and kitchen work. For example:
For those emotional, weepy days: Chop a lot of onions. Let the tears flow. Make exaggerated crying noises.p. 203
There’s even a section on page 205 for what to do when you can’t stand the thought of cooking (few cookbooks mention it, but we’ve all been there).
Witch in the Kitchen: Magical Cooking for All Seasons
Destiny Books, 2001
Confused about where to start? I recommend Supermarket Magic and, if you can afford two books to start with, Supermarket Sabbats. Happy kitchen witching!