Journey of the Food

April 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a look at this … a Tarot cookbook!

Debbie Chapnick, creator of the Tarot Tip Sheet and owner of Datura Press, is putting together a cookbook based on the 78 cards of Tarot’s Major Arcana.

Though she’s been reading cards for over 25 years and cooking all of her life, Chapnick says that it was a dream that first prompted her to write the Journey of the Food.

One night, she heard a voice say “the 8 of Swords … that’s a Mississippi Mud Cake” over and over and when she woke up in the morning she knew that she was going to write a cookbook.

And not only did she continue dreaming about recipes and cards, eventually she started dreaming about cards themselves and came up with 78 cards to accompany her 78 (+1 for the dog) recipes.

You can learn more about the project at Chapnick’s IndieGoGo Project page, and maybe even get a copy of the deck and book for yourself.

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Queen of Hearts Cook Book

February 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Queen of Hearts Cookbook by Peter Pauper Press, illustrated by Josephine Irwin, 1955

While browsing around the wonderful Monkey’s Paw second-hand bookstore, I came across this 1955 Queen of Hearts Cook Book from Peter Pauper Press, illustrated by Josephine Irwin.

Queen of Hearts Cookbook - Knight

As you likely know, the playing card Suit of Hearts is equivalent to Tarot’s Suit of Cups, so for me, this little tome is like a cookbook for the Cup family.

queen of hearts cook book - ace

Since the Cups are known for their fine hospitality, it seemed especially appropriate.

Not only does the book include delicious recipes for things like Ham Cornucopia, Potato Puffs, and Lemon Ice Box Cake, the pictures are fantastic.

queen of hearts cookbook - king's food

queen of hearts cook book - princess

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Edible Arcana

March 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

tin can without label

Unfortunately, I missed it, but the Psychic Cooking Show by David Frankovich, part of the One on One series at Toronto’s Rhubarb Festival last month, sounds like it was fantastic!

I’ve written before about divination with food. There was the tortilla reading with Jorge Rojas, and more recently Jemima Packington reading asparagus.

But Frankovich has his own technique, and it’s directly connected to the Tarot. He creates his deck out of canned goods, selecting each item for its correspondence to a Major Arcana card.

For instance, in one performance, he chose baked beans to represent Death, a nod I’m guessing to the putrification process inherent in transformation.

After making all his selections, he removes the labels from the 22 cans so that no one knows what’s inside.

Then as in any Tarot reading, he asks his querant to choose their cans. He opens them up, reads them as you might cards, then cooks up a meal using those particular ingredients.

It’s a brilliant idea, combining the rituals of reading with eating.

By ingesting your reading, you’re literally taking it in, making it physically part of you, not just something you see or hear.

All the senses are involved. You see it, hear it be described and can listen to it cook. You smell it, touch it with you mouth, and taste it. It’s like the Empress herself is reading for you.

I know Frankovich meant this as a performance piece, but I wish he’d offer his readings to the general public. I’d love to get one. And it’s always a pleasure to have someone cook for me.

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