The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Book rating: 03 Hardback

By (author) Dinah Bucholz

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  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 239 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 236mm x 23mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 18 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Holbrook, MA
  • ISBN 10: 1440503257
  • ISBN 13: 9781440503252
  • Sales rank: 2,410

Product description

"Bangers and mash with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hogwarts dining hall.A proper cuppa tea and rock cakes in Hagrid's hut.Cauldron cakes and pumpkin juice on the Hogwarts Express."With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as: Treacle Tart--Harry's favorite dessertMolly's Meat Pies--Mrs. Weasley's classic dishKreacher's French Onion SoupPumpkin Pasties--a staple on the Hogwarts Express cartWith a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll conjure up the entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks you need to transform ordinary Muggle meals into magical culinary masterpieces, sure make even Mrs. Weasley proud!

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Dinah Bucholz taught English before working as a copyeditor for a book publisher. A passionate pie baker known for her fine desserts, Bucholz is now a full-time mother to her four children in Philadelphia, PA. Visit her website at "www.unofficialharrypottercookbook.com."

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By victoria phillips 17 Dec 2012 3

As an avid Harry Potter fan and something of a gastronomer, I was pretty excited about this book and it is a nice addition to my collection but I felt it lacked creativity in the recipe department and was very much for an American audience... possibly children.

What I loved:
The author has painstakingly gone through each of the Harry Potter books and referenced every mention of food with a recipe. There are also some interesting historical notes about the origins of certain recipes.

What I didn't love:
As an Australian and as a foodie, I couldn't help but groan as the author explained the bleeding obvious, a biscuit is a cookie, toffee is like taffy and so on. My annoyance peaked with her note on porridge: "it's actually a real food that real people in the UK eat!"

I wasn't sure who this book was aimed at, it quite often seemed to be talking to a child audience (I mean, for heaven's sake, who doesn't know that porridge is a real food?) but the recipes certainly aren't child-levels of ease.

The biggest let down for me though? No pictures.

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"Cooking dishes from popular fantasy books--from "Harry Potter" to "A Game of Thrones" to the "Twilight" vampire tales--has become a pastime for fans seeking to immerse themselves in their favorite fictional worlds. Literary foodies are trading tips on how to cook eel pie and nettle soup, sharing ideas on blogs, YouTube and Twitter, and occasionally scoring cookbook deals. "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook," which came out last year, has sold more than 150,000 copies." --"The Wall Street Journal""The Harry Potter series is filled with all sorts of fantastic magic, but some of the most memorable moments are centered around the fantastic edibles that J. K. Rowling created. Lucky for all of us muggles, Dinah Buchholz has penned "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook," a guide to recreating all sorts of witchy and wizardy vittles introduced throughout the series." --Serious Eats "With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie. With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories." --Maria's Space blog"After a long winter's day, ever wish you could just cozy up in the Burrow and have Molly Weasley whip you up a little roast chicken with mashed potatoes? Now you can...with a bit of Muggle work. There are some delectable-sounding treats, including a lot of stick-to-your-ribs winter fare. It sure is fun cooking to these literary references. And if you have any plans to throw a Harry Potter theme party, this cookbook is a must-have." --GeekMom"From Cauldron Cakes to Pumpkin Pasties...this magical tome for muggles is filled with awesome facts about each recipe." --The Book Table Blog"We love it!! In fact, we're such geeks, my husband and I planned our weekly date nights around this book. This book has everything Harry Potter. Not only does this cookbook have delicious recipes that make me feel like I'm in the Harry Potter story, but it cites each recipe from the book, so I know exactly where to imagine myself while eating these delicious treats. So...if you are geeky (like we are) and love good recipes (which we do), I highly recommend this cookbook!" --Pink Apron blog"This cookbook is extremely comprehensive. With more than 150 recipes, it includes foods explicitly mentioned in the Harry Potter books. The author includes historical tidbits about the recipes. I love this kind of thing. The cookbook features delicious-sounding dishes that you could easily whip up in your own kitchen." --Food Lush blog