Seasonal Family Almanac: Recipes, Rituals, and Crafts To Embrace the Magic of the Year

Princeton Architectural. Apr. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781797222455. $35. CRAFTS
Frisch (Feast by Firelight) and Blankenship (Wild Beauty) celebrate the restorative power of nature in this family-themed collection of seasonal recipes and activities. Organized into 12 microseasons intended to correlate with the lunar calendar, each chapter includes a brief introduction by one of the authors, along with a meditation to help readers consider their connection with nature. Following that are an array of activities for children and families and seasonal recipes for food, tea, and herbal remedies, many of which include foraged ingredients. Recipes range from simple (sun tea, bone broth, mushroom cocoa) to complex (Serbian sweet brioche bread, lemon tart), and the activities are most appropriate for preschool- and school-age children. Contributions from Black and Indigenous scholars, writers, and naturalists add food for thought, and readers are encouraged to add their own celebrations and traditions to personalize the content.
VERDICT Families interested in developing a stronger connection with the natural world will find a wealth of enjoyable recipes and activities in this well-organized guide.
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