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Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook
By: Joan Porte
Note: In her cookbook, Joan shares many of the recipes she learned as a child in Totowa, New Jersey including her mother’s spaghetti “gravy.” It isn’t sauce if it is from New Jersey. Today she shares some insight into the astrological makeup of her home state.
Astrological Stars over New Jersey
We Jerseyites have the reputation for being bold, in your face, out-there, and bigger than life. We let you know that we are around! Look at the astrological chart for our state and you will know why we are a small state that packs the punch.
When New Jersey became part of the Union by being the third state to ratify the Constitution on December 18, 1787 it did so under some interesting skies. With our Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Aries, both fire signs, we are not going to be a wilting flower or take second place to any other piddling state no matter what they think.
The ruler of Sagittarius is Jupiter – the largest planet that for astrologers exudes the energy of intense honesty. Sagittarians have built deep within a strong “no bull meter.” Never ask a Sagittarian If that dress makes you look fat because they will tell you – and exactly how fat you are in it. Therefore, what for other people might appear to be uncouth, it is simply Jerseyites doing what the stars command. We lay it on the line and tell the honest, hard truth.
In addition to our Sun, the State has Mercury, the communicator, and the North Node, our souls’ destination point in Sagittarius. Can you say honesty and truth to the third degree?
The Moon over New Jersey is even more complex and hair trigger. Ruled by Mars, the god of war, Aries is the astrological epitome of raw male energy. Nothing shaded nothing shy. When the Moon is in Aries, people are always ready to react. Aries do not suffer fools lightly and take no “guff.” Add to this mix a Mars -Uranus conjunction in retrograde. A planet in retrograde is trying to redirect the energy it is emitting to Earth. The energy is mottled and needs help finding its path. Uranus is a temperamental quick-change artist. Can’t you just see all of that energy churning – just waiting for someone to rub us the wrong way?
However, the key to real Jersey – the Jersey strong -- is Venus in Capricorn. Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn, the sturdy reliable Goat of the Zodiac keeps climbing that mountain, no matter what the obstacles, no matter how high the peak. Backing down, giving up just not in the constitution of our people. So they can make fun of our directness or touchiness but what they never will forget is our strength, determination, and downright refusal to cry uncle no matter what the path holds.
About The Author
According to Joan, "Modern Man takes for granted the Sun and how its energy propels and sustains life. Moon energy controls the tides yet we ignore the other more personal influences it has on our bodies and lives. We have lost the art of appreciating and reading the stars as messengers from the god and goddess. Humanity has disconnected from its source and consequently suffers emotionally, spiritually and physically."
"Each person is born with a map - a soul map - that is his or her astrological chart. It is a map through the maze of life that shows the karma we need to balance our soul's desire for a life that leads to enhanced soul growth. I simply read the map - illustrating where you have been and where you are going to make your journey through life less bumpy." With this cook book Joan is combining her astrological knowledge with her lifelong love of cooking in her own inimitable way.
She is the author of the blog Karmic Astrology.
Her other book is Fortyish: Lessons For the Ages From a Baby Boomer.
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Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook by Joan Porte
Publisher: Blue Horizons / Soulsign Publishing
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Format: Paperback - 296 pages
Genre: Astrological Cookbook
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.
“The Perfect Gift with excellent recipes for holidays!” ~BK Walker
The 295-page book with more than 120 recipes is written to celebrate a unique pairing of food and astrology.
• Scorpios have a craving for pasta puttanesca
• Librans feel grounded when they dig into a chocolate mousse parfait
• Cancerians stand tall with their bowl of Brunswick stew
• Virgoans set aside their healthy-conscious habits when faced with chocolate raspberry ramekins
• Aquarians respond to the sustainable fish used in Pollock with berry prosecco sauce
• Pisceans beat a common ailment when feasting on quinoa with roasted root veggies.
"These recipes are taken from a number of sources; some are family gems, others I've concocted and tweaked over the years," says author Joan Porte.
The home cook will discover how astrology as a source for new food ideas and new ways to entertain friends. And the astrology enthusiast will discover how cooking can be a new use for astrology as a way to add more meaning to the daily ritual of eating we perform to survive and thrive.
*Sample of More Delicious Recipes
My Book Review:
Sign of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook by author Joan Porte is a culinary astrological delight that astrology buffs and passionate foodies are sure to enjoy.
Each chapter in the cookbook is dedicated to one of the zodiac signs from Capricorn to Sagittarius, with intriguing reference information and list of famous people born under each zodiac sign, mixed with delectable photos and mouthwatering recipes from a-z (appetizer, soup, pasta, veggies and fruit, meat and fish, healthy meal, and desserts).
I have always been fascinated by astrology, and I am a passionate foodie who loves to cook, so when I received this book to review, I immediately went to the chapter featuring my zodiac sign, Scorpio. I loved the intriguing reference information that the author provides for each sign, I was nodding my head in agreement as I read the information about the Scorpio traits that people born under that sign have, knowing that she pegged me dead on!
Each chapter begins with a brief focus on the reference information on the featured zodiac sign. Then the author takes you through a richly descriptive and visually appealing full course meal plan of tantalizing recipes that will simply make your mouth water. What I liked the most about this cookbook was the wide variety of recipes that the author has included to whet the reader's appetite. There is sure to be a favorite recipe to suit everyone's individual taste. But what I loved most of all was the diversity of the recipes, they simply piqued my interest to try new flavors and food items, from comfort food to fine cuisine, this delightful cookbook with an astrological twist has it all! Bon appetite!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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