Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – The Secret Alchemy of Food with Meadow Linn

Meadow Linn co-authored The Mystic Cookbook: The Secret Alchemy of Food with her mother, bestselling author and healer, Denise Linn. Meadow was inspired to create her cookbook after seeing the transformations that occurred during healing retreats that included healthy and delicious meals. Her nontraditional cookbook differs because in addition to her original recipes, it contains information about living well through the way we approach our meals, including by making them memorable. She includes activities that help people become “mystic chefs” including activities like how to make our kitchens and dining rooms sacred spaces. We identify closely with these areas as the “heart of our homes” so it’s important to clear the clutter so she explains how to do this with a bell.

Spiritual alchemy is about recognizing the emotions, memories, energy and other dimensions of food that affect us besides the taste and nutritional value. For example, she advocates cooking without a microwave if possible because it’s healthier.
There are various ways to energize food including saying prayers over our meals, which is something cultures around the world often do. Saying prayers enables us to slow down and connect with both our food and others. Research shows that doing this can even change the structure of our food. Mindful eating is another way that can transform our relationship with our food. Meadow shares some ideas for making hospitality loving and sacred for our guests. For more information, please visit and