I read this book because I was curious: I like cooking and I'm intrigued by magic, so it seemed to be a nice and possibly amusing book to read.
I was disappointed.
It might even have something good in it, I wouldn't say no. But it seems to me that it was written just because. It does not seem to be a book that took years to write.
It is too much simplistic in many ways: we must not use microwave ovens because they aren't "traditional". But we are allowed to use electricity ones: are they "traditional", then? And we should avoid white rice, but can buy tortillas at the supermarket.
I agree there is a relation between what we eat and what we are; I agree that we should consciously eat; I agree that we should aknowledge the link we establish to the earth when we eat... but there is more in "food" than this book talks about.
If we love our earth and our fellow-humans, we should consider where the food we eat comes from and what (or who!) was sacrificed to allow us to have that food on our table. Which this book seems to totally disregard. If we want to live in a "natural" way, these aren't things we can easily ignore, on the contrary: we are supposed to be informed and do something concrete to help. Instead of eating a bowl of oatmeal visualizing our own magically produced wealth, I say check out if that particular brand of oat flakes is produced by a company that does damages to the environment, which is possible.
I think if we show respect to the Mother Earth and her fruits, we already have all the Magic that we'll ever need!
All in all, this book seemed to me nothing more than a politically correct (do not drink alcohol! do not exceed in drinking coffee! demons and bad ghosts are not real! even: leave your husband, if he beats you up!), very cheap and America-centered guide for the professed Wicca devotee....Continua