The Occult History of Bread & Baking

Join author, chef and witch Melissa Madara for a deep look at the history of bread and baking in the occult and magical arts!

Melissa is the author of The Witch's Feast: A Kitchen Grimoire, a magical cookbook that looks at the tools & techniques of culinary magic throughout history, considering what a modern practice of kitchen witchcraft might look like today. In this lecture, we will focus our gaze on bread & baking, looking at the cakes, loaves, buns, and bakes of witches past, and the significance of grains and bread in culinary magic and mysticism.


Melissa Madara is a witch, chef, storyteller, botanist, and co-owner at Catland Books. Their work deals with the healing power of myth, divination, and immersion in the natural world. They are a teacher at Catland Books and numerous other metaphysical spaces in NYC, and are available for herbal consultations, tarot, and magical coaching by appointment. Find their interviews in the New York Times, Vice, Broadly, Teen Vogue, or Refinery 29, or see Melissa's published works in Fiddler's Green, Venefica Magazine, or their premiere book, The Witch's Feast. Follow Melissa's work and adventures on IG : @saint.jayne