Book Recommendation: Harry Potter Cookbook

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Unofficial Harry Potter CookbookThe Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory — More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike, by Dinah Bucholz (Adams Media, 2010)

The Unofficial Hary Potter Cookbook makes dining a la Hogwarts as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes and a guide to where the foods can be found in the series, you can create perfect Potter meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite stories. (Book Blurb)

The recipes in the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook are not only delicious, but young cooks will find them clearly written and easy to follow with a bit of adult support. While some recipes are rather complicated, there are plenty of simpler ones for children to follow on their own.

Dinah Bucholz provides notes to link each recipe with the relevant chapter in the Harry Potter books — so readers will be able find dishes served by Mrs Weasley in the Burrow or treats available on the Hogwarts Express.

The author includes interesting facts about the history of mysterious British foods like bangers and mash, treacle tarts, and rock cakes. For example, she tells us how sausages became known as ‘bangers’ — “During wartime rationing, sausages were so waterlogged that they made exploding noises while they fried”. (The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, page 138).

Some of the many treats in the book include: custard tarts, pumpkin pasties, Hagrid’s rock cakes, acid pops, Harry’s first birthday cake, strawberry trifle, treacle tart, lemon drops, knickerbocker glory, and canary creams. Other British foods include: porridge, Yorkshire pudding, shepherd’s pie, scotch broth and toad in the hole.

Making a Knickerbocker Glory

This young cook made a Knickerbocker Glory which is ice-cream layered with custard, whipped cream, chopped nuts, fresh fruit, and chocolate syrup — highly recommended!

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