Packed with everything from ancient recipes for glues, varnishes, and paints to spiritual preparations of herbal tinctures and oils, including magical formulae and practices of alchemy, The Alchemist's Kitchen will appeal to anyone fascinated by the past and by the occult world. Guy Ogilvy takes you inside medieval laboratories and kitchens, revealing the hows and whys of mythical recipes and concoctions.
About the Author
Guy Ogilvy is a leading alchemical researcher, writer and practicing alchemist. He lives in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you ever wanted to do alchemy in your own kitchen this is the book for you. This book covers a variety of alchemical subjects. Distillation of chemical elements is the focus. The book has extensive (quite a feat for a 58 page book) appendixes with "recipes" for elixirs, balms, perfumes. If you want to distill water until it is so pure it will eat through metal or you want to make your own charcoal, I recommend this book to you. This book is one of the titles in the Wooden Books series. They're small books packed with lots of information. I bought a few of these books last year and saved this one for last because I thought it would be my favorite given the subject. I was so disappointed. It reminded me of Organic Chemistry class -- which I hated. I will recommend another book in the series: Symmetry: The Ordering Principle by David Wade. Very interesting -- I'll never look at pineapples the same way again.