Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blog Tour: Signs and Seasons by Monte Farber and Amy Zerner, with Chef John Okas

Authors: Monte Farber and Amy Zerner, with Chef John Okas
Publisher: Harper Elixir
Date of publication: May 2017

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.

Inspired by the cuisine of the Mediterranean, home of the Greco-Roman cultures that named the planets after their gods, Signs and Seasons teaches you how to:

·         Feed friends and loved ones based on their signs and the season
·         Deepen your understanding of Nature and the Universe
·         Discover how astrology shapes our personalities, tastes, and appetites

Whether exploring the “Twin nature” and “Mercurial spirit” of ramps (a spring delicacy well suited Geminis) in a recipe for Ramps al Olio or the historical association of saffron with Venus in the recipe for Roasted Corn Orecchiette, Signs and Seasons is the perfect guide for eating in a way that emphasizes both sensual nourishment and psychic satisfaction. Beautifully photographed in full color by Monte Farber and illustrated by Amy Zerner, Signs and Seasons is a one-of-a-kind source of inspiration for astrology enthusiasts and home chefs alike.

I'm not really into astrology other than to say I am a Virgo, but this seemed like a neat concept. I'm also not really one to read cookbooks.  I'm more of a look at the photos type of person.  I did look through the book and have to say that the photos are gorgeous and made my mouth water! 

 I'm not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I'm not the cook in my house.  My husband took over that job a long time ago.  Yes, I'm spoiled!  He is always looking for new recipes to try out, so I handed him this book to leaf through.  After looking through the book, he had a hard time finding something that he could make that the kids would eat.  They are kind of picky eaters and not too adventurous.  That was his only complaint.  But, he is going to keep it on hand for the next time we have dinner guests so he can show off his fancy cooking skills.  Even if you aren't into astrology, the recipes seem straight forward and interesting enough to try for the adventurous foodies out there.

About the Authors:

Since 1988, AMY ZERNER, a U.S. National Endowment for the Arts award-winning fine artist, and her husband, author MONTE FARBER, have created what they call their family of “spiritual power tools,” including The Enchanted TarotInstant TarotSun Sign SecretsKarma CardsLittle Reminders: The Law of Attraction DeckChakra Meditation KitThe Truth Fairy Pendulum KitThe Soulmate Path and Quantum Affirmations. There are over two million copies of their works in print in sixteen languages. The couple lives in East Hampton, NY. They believe that adding love, light, and laughter to everything one cooks is essential to creating great meals and a great life.  More at

CHEF JOHN OKAS began his career in childhood, cooking alongside his Sicilian grandmother in their family kitchen. He has cooked at Paradox in Manhattan, Georgette’s in Easthampton, and the Captiva Inn in Florida. Under the pen name John Penza, he is the author of Sicilian-American Pasta and Sicilian Vegetarian Cooking. He currently lives in Bridgehampton, New York, where he is a personal chef and is also associated with the Highway Restaurant.

Tour Stops
Tuesday, May 2nd: Sara the Introvert
Tuesday, May 2nd: I Brought a Book
Thursday, May 4th: Stranded in Chaos
Friday, May 5th: Bibliotica
Monday, May 8th: Mother’s Kitchen
Tuesday, May 9th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, May 10th: Becklist
Thursday, May 11th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, May 15th: Dwell in Possibility
Tuesday, May 16th: In Bed with Books
Thursday, May 18th: Unabridged Chick
Monday, May 22nd: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, May 23rd: The Cactus Chronicles
Wednesday, May 24th: Books & Tea
Thursday, May 25th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Tuesday, May 30th: Kahakai Kitchen

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

It is definitely nice not to be the main cook in the house - I'm envious! :)

Thanks for being a part of the tour.