Alchemy in the Kitchen

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Cooking can be magic, you know. And as I write that, the scene of three witches around the cauldron in Shakespeare’s play about Macbeth comes to mind. The witches’ recipe includes things like “eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog,” and it seems to cook up prophetic powers. The witches greet Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor but also “king hereafter,” which excites murderous ambition. At the end of the play, the audience is left wondering: How much of life is destiny? How much of it is under our control?

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