I, at least according to certain friends, am a slow cooker witch. Apparently, when I give them a slow cooker recipe after they’ve tried what I’ve prepared, it doesn’t turn out the same for them at all? I have no idea what I do for my results to be so different and better, especially when we work from the same recipes and directions.
Some might call that kitchen magic.
In fantasy worlds, kitchen witchery is some of the simplest magic. It’s more magic of desire vs. intent. It’s magic that can be accomplished with anything one might have in their kitchen, by people who have no formal training. It’s magic passed down from one generation to the next by everyday people who may not have any special aptitude for magic other than that it’s something which exists in their world. It’s not the grandiose works of magic, but the simple ones to help a neighbor or a friend. Like a warm bowl of chicken soup to heal the soul.
- In your fictional world, is it possible for someone to use magic without realizing that they are? If not, can they control how ‘strong’ the magic is when they use it?
- Can magic be imbued into foodstuffs, or is potion-making (perhaps just under the guise of tea, tinctures, or infusions) all that can be performed with kitchen witchery?
- Is kitchen witchery something that can be used for ill means, or is it driven by inherently good intentions?
Rebekah Loper began creating epic worlds and stories as a child and never stopped. She is the author of The A-Zs of Worldbuilding series, and has a fantasy novella published in Beatitudes and Woes: A Speculative Fiction Anthology.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (…ok, ok, they’re chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she is not writing, she can be found battling the elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.