Hey girl, what’s your sign?
I’m a Libra. I’m not sure I believe all astrology things. To be honest, when I got my copy of Signs & Seasons from TLC Book Tours, I laughed at the title. I like the idea of the Zodiac and I definitely identify with Libra qualities and I think reading my horoscope is fun. But I don’t think I would’ve bought this book if I saw it in the store.
However, this book did fall into my lap at the right time. I’ve been trying to cook more so it’s perfect timing to review a cookbook.
The book is organized by season and each recipe is labeled by sign. There’s also a chapter called “How Each Sign Eats, Cooks, and Entertains.” Since I’m a Libra, I was most interested in those sections and recipes.
Some fun things I learned:
- Herbs Libras love: vanilla and cinnamon (so true; these are two of my favorite flavors)
- Keywords for Libras: partnership, union, sophistication, good taste, yin and yang, balance, cooperation, fairness, quality control, aesthetics, harmony, romance, opinions, diplomacy (I’m not sure what these words have to do with food…)
- “It is often difficult for Libras to decide what they want to eat, especially when they are by themselves.” (OMG, YES, I am so bad at meal planning.)
- “Libras do not like extremes and prefer dishes that are neither too spicy nor too bland.” (This might just be a Me Sara thing, but I actually do like my foods to be really spicy. Growing up, I was a really picky eater and therefore ate a lot of bland foods.)
- Oddly, this book says that Libras have problems making decisions, and yet, we look for a harmonious blend in all things. I’m not sure those two things work well together. Indecision does not a harmonious home make.
Something that bugs me about this book is that there aren’t pictures of the recipes on the recipe page. There are images at the beginning of the sections, but since we’ve already learned that Libras are indecisive, not having an image next to the recipe doesn’t help me choose what to make.
I’m also a pescaterian, which renders most cookbooks useless for me. But maybe I’ll just have to make some of the meat dishes for my boyfriend.
Recipes I’m Excited to Try:
- Butternut Squash Lasagna [Libra]
- Roasted Rosemary Potatoes [Scorpio]
- Apple Crumble [Libra]
- Chocolate Chip Cookies [Scorpio]
- Eggplant Parmigiana [Pisces]
- Chocolate Chestnut Mousse [Aquarius]
- Spring Vegetable Quiche with New Potatoes, Arugula, and Cheddar [Taurus]
- Tahini Lemon Bars [Gemini]
Keep reading to find out more about Signs & Seasons and find out where to buy your own copy!
What’s your sign? Do you believe in the zodiac?
• Hardcover: 272 pages
• Publisher: HarperElixir (May 2, 2017)
Discover how to eat for your sign and nourish your soul in Signs and Seasons, the one-of-a-kind cookbook that pairs chef-driven seasonal recipes with deep insight into how astrology shapes our appetites, from iconic astrologer Monte Farber and artist Amy Zerner.
Food connects us to our families, history, culture, and to the natural world itself—to the seasons and the cycle of life. Just as our path around the sun—and through the Zodiac—dictates the seasons, the seasons dictate what will flourish, from the tender greens of early spring to late summer’s lush and impossible perfect tomatoes.
In Signs and Seasons, Farber and Zerner—along with chef John Okas—take home cooks through the four seasons and each of their astrological signs in over 95 tantalizing seasonal recipes that include starters; meat, seafood, and vegetarian mains; sides; and desserts for each sign.
Inspired by the cuisine of the Mediterranean, home of the Greco-Roman cultures that named the planets after their gods, Signs and Seasons teaches you how to:
· Feed friends and loved ones based on their signs and the season
· Deepen your understanding of Nature and the Universe
· Discover how astrology shapes our personalities, tastes, and appetites
Whether exploring the “Twin nature” and “Mercurial spirit” of ramps (a spring delicacy well suited Geminis) in a recipe for Ramps al Olio or the historical association of saffron with Venus in the recipe for Roasted Corn Orecchiette, Signs and Seasons is the perfect guide for eating in a way that emphasizes both sensual nourishment and psychic satisfaction. Beautifully photographed in full color by Monte Farber and illustrated by Amy Zerner, Signs and Seasons is a one-of-a-kind source of inspiration for astrology enthusiasts and home chefs alike.
About the Authors:
Since 1988, AMY ZERNER, a U.S. National Endowment for the Arts award-winning fine artist, and her husband, author MONTE FARBER, have created what they call their family of “spiritual power tools,” including The Enchanted Tarot, Instant Tarot, Sun Sign Secrets, Karma Cards, Little Reminders: The Law of Attraction Deck, Chakra Meditation Kit, The Truth Fairy Pendulum Kit, The Soulmate Path and Quantum Affirmations. There are over two million copies of their works in print in sixteen languages. The couple lives in East Hampton, NY. They believe that adding love, light, and laughter to everything one cooks is essential to creating great meals and a great life. More at www.theenchantedworld.net.
CHEF JOHN OKAS began his career in childhood, cooking alongside his Sicilian grandmother in their family kitchen. He has cooked at Paradox in Manhattan, Georgette’s in Easthampton, and the Captiva Inn in Florida. Under the pen name John Penza, he is the author of Sicilian-American Pasta and Sicilian Vegetarian Cooking. He currently lives in Bridgehampton, New York, where he is a personal chef and is also associated with the Highway Restaurant.