ANIMIST. ANTHROPOLOGIST. FOLKLORIST. MATRIARCH. MYSTIC
Jenn Campus is a best-selling author who weaves the genres of fiction and non-fiction to create rich tapestry of connection between myth and matter, ancestors and descendants. She explores tasks, including cooking, foraging, herbalism, and the many duties of motherhood, and couples it with ancient stories, myths, and folklore as a way to connect to her ancestors and the lands from which they came. She believes that we can all preserve the cultural legacies that our ancestors passed down of perseverance, language, stories, food, and traditional skills to then pass down to the next generations enabling our children grow rooted and strong in their foundations, so that they can always tend their inner fire, no matter where life takes them, ensuring that the light never goes out.
Some of the topics explored on the blog are:
- Traditional skills
- Simple daily rituals
- Honoring the cycles and seasons
- How land and geography shape traditional foods
- How traditional foods change in the diaspora
- Mythological foods
- Practical modern tips for navigating this often chaotic and unsettling world
I am a two time Amazon bestselling author. I also have a decade worth of experiences creating rituals and traditions for my family and myself. In my writing I look for ingenious ways to bring together my favorite fiction and nonfiction genres which are fantasy/mythology, culinary arts, ritual, the magical arts, history and the many uses of herbs. I am passionate about the wild places, where my food comes from and sustainability, as well as the stories, foods, culture and mythology of Europe.
My books Love in Every Bite: The Secret to Cooking Healthy Recipes with Positive Energy and A Guide to Celebrating the 12 Days of Yule are both practical guides but with a little bit of magic thrown in! They both help you bring more ritual, magic and love into your life to help you connect with family, nature and where you are in the present moment.
I am also in the process of writing a historical fantasy story called Dreams of Ydalir . Where Norse Mythology and Mists of Avalon meet, this story is set in the lowlands of Scotland and the Otherworld. It is a coming of age story and the untold love story of the Gods, Ullr (Wuldor) and Elen of the Ways.
I also offer FREE monthly seasonal guides to my newsletter subscribers. They are designed to help you learn more about traditions, rituals, cuisine, and nature and how to connect with the specific time of year.
A Culinary Anthropologist/Kitchen Witch
I have a degree in Anthropology from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. I studied culinary arts at Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT. I have taught cooking classes to children and adults, and even developed a program for members of WIC (Women, Infants and Children) to make the best use of their food program and was involved in their Farm to Food program.
As a folklorist, I love learning about the past and how it influences us today. I am particularly fascinated with traditional food and the cultures that prepare them. For me, a recipe is not just a list of ingredients, it is a history, the product of the natural riches a certain area of the world has to offer and we can learn much from them and how they are made and who makes them. Recipes are also a bit like spells, and if you use the power of intention when you cook coupled with ingredients that support your goal, you will find you are a kitchen witch too!
I believe that good food is for everyone, not just those who can afford it. Good food is often to be found in the most simple, down to earth ingredients. I have learned this from living in Italy where some of the world’s best cuisine comes from, and it is honest and often humble. Even the most humble ingredients and recipes have a story to tell, and I relish in unlocking their secrets and sharing the delicious results with you. The goal of peasant food is to never go hungry. The recipes I share contain few ingredients, which are easy to come by, are low cost, and absolutely nutritious.
Learn about the simple Medieval Chickpea Pancake and its exciting history in the middle ages. A tale of a great battle and a magical island.