This Kitchen Witch’s Library

This is by no means a comprehensive listing (and its a work in progress)…but these are books I have, that I’ve read, and that I would recommend, on topics that I, personally, feel a kitchen witch should know about.

Botany & Plant Identification:
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J. Elpel
The Botany Coloring Book by Paul Young and Jacquelyn Giuffre
Botany Illustrated: Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families by Janice Glimn-Lacy

Field Guides & Dichotomous Keys: These are field guides for the Eastern US mostly, if you live in another region, be sure you look for similar guides for your area!
A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) by Steven Foster, James A. Duke and Roger Tory Peterson
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America by Lee Allen Peterson
Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves by May Theilgaard Watts
Winter Tree Finder: A Manual for Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter by May T. Watts

The Everything Guide to Foraging: Identifying, Harvesting, and Cooking Nature’s Wild Fruits and Vegetables by Vickie Shufer–I am a huge fan of Vickie Shufer (she’s local to my area, and her classes are *awesome*)
Stalking the Wild Asparagus, Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop and Stalking the Healthful Herbs by Euell Gibbons
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by Steve Brill

Medicinal Herbalism:
The Way of Herbs: Fully Updated with the Latest Developments in Herbal Science by Dr. Michael Tierra
The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines by Matthew Wood
The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green
Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech
Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs by Claire Kowalchik
Physician’s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines by Thompson Healthcare
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition by Michael Murray

Herbalism for Specific Conditions and Populations:
Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar
The Male Herbal: The Definitive Health Care Book for Men and Boys by James Green
Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health by Aviva Jill Romm and William Sears
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm

Magical Herbalism:
The Magical Properties of Plants (and How to Find Them) by Tylluan Penry
The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook, The: A Grimoire of Philtres. Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use by Karen Harrison
Magical Aromatherapy: The Power of Scent by Scott Cunningham

In the Kitchen:
Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by The Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon
The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart
The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van van der Linden

Hearthcraft and Hearth Crafts:
The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home by Scott Cunningham
Protection and Reversal Magick by Jason Miller
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty and a Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood
The Candlemaker’s Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles by Betty Oppenhiemer
The Soapmaker’s Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How by Susan Miller Cavitch
Making Natural Liquid Soaps: Herbal Shower Gels, Conditioning Shampoos, and Moisturizing Hand Soaps by Catherine Failor
Floorcloth Magic: How to Paint Canvas Rugs for Decorative Home Use by Lisa Curry Mair
The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 1 & 2 by Mark Montano
The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden
Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee Ray

Books for Kids:
Walking the World in Wonder: A Children’s Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman and Steven Foster
Kid’s Herb Book, A: For Children of All Ages by Lesley Tierra
Shanleya’s Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids by Thomas J. Elpel
Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass

The Essential Naturalist: Timeless Readings in Natural History by Michael H. Graham
Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Bharat Cornell
How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine by Trisha Greenhalgh
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie
Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching by Clare Walker Leslie
Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things by Alan Thein Durning


2 thoughts on “This Kitchen Witch’s Library”

  1. Amazing reading list 🙂

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