Kitchen Therapy

How to Become a Conscious Cook.

By Charlotte Hastings

Released 28/06/2024

IBSN: 9781911383901 Categories: ,


Kitchen Therapy explains the rationale behind the use of food – cooking and eating it – as a therapeutic endeavour. Rather than focusing on physical nutrition, Kitchen Therapy directs attention onto the way we feed ourselves within social and nurturing environments, using the cooking process to understand ourselves and build a healthier, more integrated future, together. In a mechanised, materialistic world focused on what we can measure, this presents a return to the kitchen as a place of creativity, of nurture and connection, a place where one can listen and respond to the needs of the psyche. 

This book is for anyone interested in creative, accessible, relevant, inclusive self-development, and edible spirituality that you can practise in a kitchen near you.  Practitioners in the helping professions will find ideas for self-care, community and client practice, with useful material for creative therapy and attachment courses.


Hastings has been working in the caring professions for thirty years where she has used her knowledge of teaching to help people meet their emotional needs through food. Her initial training as a psychodynamic therapist has been combined with a systemic, family-informed practice, as well as her own anthropological background. A childhood split between playing cards with great grandma grandmother’s home cooking and working mother’s boil in the bag tv dinners has helped write this book.

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