Book Review: Signs and Seasons

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Signs and Seasons by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber

From the publisher:
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.

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This isn't a book to read word for word. It's a creative and unique cookbook with a spin I've never encountered before. I'm not a fancy cook by any means, but I do like cookbooks and own a few. This one is specifically about cooking meals that appeal to you based on your astrological sign. The beginning of the book features pages of information about each astrological sign and how they interact with food or entertaining, as well as a list of the best foods for that sign. I'm a fan of astrology, but not in a very researched or knowledgeable way. I am familiar with the concepts but don't religiously read horoscopes or believe everything can be decided by the stars. Nonetheless, this was an interesting way of structuring a cookbook. 

The recipes are divided into the seasons and feature recipes from each sign in its respective season. The recipes are all interesting, some simple and traditional, many more complicated or diverse. I do wish that within the seasons the recipes were organized by sign--they're scattered throughout the chapter randomly, which makes it harder to find your specific recipes. The meals all look good though, and I've highlighted a few already that I want to try over the summer when I have more time.

I really like the cover for this book, though the photos inside could be more attractive and professionally taken or styled. Still, it's easy to see how much care and work was put into this book. The thought behind each recipe and example is clear. If you like cooking and are interested in astrology, this is an obvious and great choice.

Book links: GoodreadsAuthor website, HarperCollins
Link to buy on Amazon:

Signs and Seasons: An Astrology Cookbook
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through TLC Book Tours. Check out the rest of the tour here

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for being a part of the tour for this unusual cookbook!