My Review of Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery by Kris Bradley
Penned by Kris Bradley, best known for her confessional blog, Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes is a treasure trove of useful information, not only for the practicing witch, but for anyone with a bent toward the esoteric and a belief in the home as being its own unique and sacred space.
I traditionally frown at entry level books of an occult nature, but this one is so full and forthright that I couldn’t help be be enamored with it. There’s a real sense of joy in Bradley’s words as they embody her beliefs and there’s no doubt that she knows of what she speaks.
I found many of her offerings immediately useful. A rare thing, I assure you.
The book is laid out rather nicely and I liked the format overall. There’s a sense of style brought to it, production wise. I was particularly fond of the font choices throughout, and while the illustrations are fitting, a bit more thought into them wouldn’t have hurt. Still, it’s a well wrapped present to be sure.
Of note is the paper. A cheaper stock, but a glossier page produces glare, and this is a working book, meant to be opened and sitting on the counter while you prepare. Quick and easy at a glance. See, that’s smart thinking.
Count me as a huge fan of the appendices and the Simple Sabbats for the Busy Witch. If there was any doubt that these were put together by someone actively making magic are quickly dispelled. Thoughtful and resonating with a spartan approach to weaving magic in a very day in and day out sort of way.
This book is about making magic a part of your life, not as some sort of costume one puts on, but as everyday dress, integrating it into every facet of your life.
It’s a book that Mrs. Bradley should be quite proud of and one that should be on every Kitchen Witch’s shelf, right next to Vincent Price’s A Treasury of Great Recipes.
Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery is published by Weiser Books and available wherever books are sold.