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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 str

Hardcover, 239 pages
Published September 18th 2010 by Adams Media Corporation (first published January 1st 2010)
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Darth J
Jan 12, 2016 Darth J rated it really liked it

So I saw this cauldron soup mug and it reminded me that I read this book and never added a review.

There really doesn't seem like anything too fancy here, so people with a Sim cooking skill of 3 bars or less shouldn't feel out of place picking this up.

Happy eating :-)
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
A belated birthday gift from my beautiful friend Carrie!

The perfect gift for a chronic bookaholic and foodie. Can't wait to try some of these recipes!

UPDATE 2/8/15

I made my first official Harry Potter recipe this morning. Here is my giant stack of cauldron cakes. Light, fluffy, crepe-like pancakes with a hint of lemon zest. I ate them with lemon curd and aussie-style yogurt. Delish!
G.D. Vidrine
Oct 01, 2011 G.D. Vidrine rated it it was ok
Okay, so being one of the few people who actually has cooked out of this recipe book, I wanted to say a few things about it.

Real cooking takes some effort, people. Real cooking isn't about throwing three ingredients into the microwave and hoping it doesn't taste like rubber when it comes out. These recipes are the REAL DEAL. Real cooking, real home cooking. So it will take some effort.

Some of the recipes are great. I totally enjoyed the Yorkshire pudding with our roast (we did pork since I don't
Sep 24, 2013 Aoife added it
Shelves: non-fiction
OK, so I haven't yet tried out any of the recipes, so I won't rate it yet, but just from reading it there are some things I noticed:

A recipe for Bacon and Eggs? Really? Actually it's two recepies for Bacon and Eggs and then another for bacon. Has anybody ever needed instructions on how to make bacon?
The way the recepies are sorted is less-than-ideal. There's a chapter for the food Harry had with the Dursley's, another for the Weasley's, the Hogwarts. So for every chapter you get proper dinner,
Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋
Such a fun book! I always forget I have this and haven't used it nearly enough! Must remedy that soon. We've only tried one recipe out of it (made it twice) and it was really good!

Dec 11, 2012 Nichelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 13-15
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook is a collection of recipes for foods found in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. But the cookbook isn’t just a collection of recipes, it also provides the story and history behind each dish. The book pulls different kinds of food from all over every book, from ice cream, to onion soup, to sugar mice, but can also be read simply for the interesting background behind the all of them, back ground that isn’t just from Harry Potter, but the real world as well ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 21, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Potter Heads and those wishing to sample traditional Brit cuisine
I thoroughly enjoyed Dinah Bucholtz’s The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory — More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards.

But I was a bit confused as to who the intended audience was. Initially, I thought it was a cookbook aimed at children. The introduction seems to make it seem so, and I thought, what a great idea! Lure boys and girls into the joys of cooking by exploiting — er, capitalizing — on children’s love for the Harry Potter books a
Feb 10, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Includes quotes and passages from the books that inspired the recipes - though most are just traditional British foods. I couldn't believe there wasn't a recipe for butterbeer which has got to be the most popular wizarding food any Muggle would like to try, but there are many others on the net. I also like cookbooks with pictures which this doesn't have. Still a good addition to your HP library.
Feb 27, 2015 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, about-hp
I received this book as a gift and while I thought it would be entertaining (as I enjoy all things HP), I was truly impressed by the quality of the book overall. For each recipe included in the book there is a summary of the reference within the HP books, a origin of the dish overall and whether it is still popular in the UK, how to make the recipe more adult or child friendly and tips to make the recipes with alternative ingredients for US cooks without access to some UK products. The book had ...more
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
I admit it, I adore tie-in cookbooks. Redwall, Discworld, even Fanny Flagg's Whistle Stop Cafe find me a cookbook that ties in with a series I enjoy and I'll snap it up, lickety-split. That's why I was so excited to find The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. Even since I first read the books, the food mentioned in them fascinated me, not just the traditional British food (which, due to my Anglophilia, I've long been interested in), but the strange and wonderful wizard food, food w ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Kaleigh rated it it was ok
Shelves: food-cooking
Now, like everyone else here I'm going to complain about the lack of pictures in this cookbook.
The thing that got to me the most though, was that some recipes have not even been tested.

Quote: "You may find this recipe a bit, well, repulsive. The following recipe has not been tested, so proceed at your peril (if you can even find all the ingredients)."

This was a recipe for haggis and while I will certainly admit that this is not something that I think "Right, well, I can't wait to make that Tuesd
Jan 14, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok
To be fair ... I did actually read/skim over this cookbook WANTING to love it. And I still love the idea of it. But I didn't actually try cooking any of the recipes.

There are several things in here that I would have changed.

1) No photos. No photos at all. I know that makes cookbooks cost more (and not all cookbooks have them) but for not particularly gifted cooks like myself, well. We kind of need the photos.

2) Not particularly easy looking recipes. Again ... kind of depends on what you're looki
Jan 09, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This isn't just for Harry Potter fans . . . no, this is for fans of food in general and traditional British cooking in particular. There is a lot of food mentioned in the Harry Potter books, and Bucholz has noted every feast, snack, dessert, and piece of candy that Harry and friends munch on, and recreated it simply and charmingly. Each recipe is headed with a quote or citation from the HP books, and there's also fascinating historical facts about the food as well. The history of potatoes, custa ...more
May 16, 2015 Missie rated it it was amazing

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.

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 dessert, Molly's Meat Pie
Aug 02, 2015 Jillyn rated it it was ok
I love Harry Potter. I love food. I love the food from Harry Potter. Reading about treats like butterbeer and treacle tarts used to make me want to be a witch just so I could enjoy them. I thought this book and I would get along great. Unfortunately, this cookbook is mediocre at best.

I will first make the same complaint everyone else is making: there's no pictures. Not one. There's 150 recipes of delicious sounding things, and not a picture among them. It was pretty disappointing.

It starts with
Anne Hawn Smith
I enjoyed reading the recipes for many of the dishes I have seen mentioned in books and movies and had no idea what they contained. I always wondered about "Steak and Kidney Pie," "Haggis" or "Kippers." People are always eating them in books I read. They never sounded good to me and after reading the recipe, I'll give them a pass! There are others though that I found interesting. I'm glad to read that "Pumpkin Juice" has apple juice, grape juice and pineapple juice in it. I couldn't imagine how ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: food-related
I loved reading about all the amazing foods in the Harry Potter series – both real and imagined. Since most of the real foods are based on UK-based dishes, I was just as happy to read about them (pasties, trifles, puddings and pies) as I was to dream about JK Rowling’s fictional foods (Butterbeer, chocolate frogs and rock cakes).

The cookbook is a hardcover with a beautiful, purple cover. The pages are also 'antiqued' and give the entire thing an old 'magic book' feel.

I was a little (okay, a lot)
Dec 04, 2012 Bookworm rated it liked it
First and foremost, I am a Potterhead so when I saw this cookbook available on AmazonVine, I had to request it. When the Harry Potter books finally came to an end, I loved the series so much, I read all seven books all over again. I ran the gamut of emotions while reading these beloved books, I laughed, I cried.... I developed a crush on Professor Snape.

Hogwarts is the literary place I'd most like to visit. (Go Slytherin) I'd want to drink Butterbeer and eat treats from Honedukes candy shop. Wh
Apr 01, 2016 Manasa rated it liked it
Shelves: challenges-2016
Yes. I read it in one minute !
I don't have to memorize the recipes, do I? :p
P.S. There is no proper recipe for butter beer!! :(
Laurie Garrison
For a freebie I’m not going to fuss much. This cookbook only has 15 recipes and most of them I already have. So really why 3 starts? Well, I liked how the recipes were tied with Harry Potter and it even gave the chapters so you can find the food. This cookbook is most definitely for the Harry Potter fan.
Dec 31, 2010 Christen rated it liked it
I'm sorry, you put Harry Potter and Cookbook together and you don't have a recipe for butterbeer?!?!?

Other than that, some of the recipes sound awesome and I totally want to have a Harry Potter dinner party.
This chick stole all of J.K. Rowlings's success and used it to write a cookbook. Every recipe talks about a scene in one of the Harry Potter books. I don't know whether to say I despise her or give her kudos.
Jul 13, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
This is really a kid-friendly British cookbook, though Potter fans will appreciate the care the author has put into her references and the way she's tied the recipes back to the books. The background info and history on the recipes is also enjoyable.

This was kind of inconsistent; the recipes are easy to follow, but most of them could only be made by an older child, and many recipes are fairly sophisticated for inexperienced cooks. She also includes recipes for bacon and eggs( which is stretching
Sep 09, 2014 A. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-about-food
I didn't particularly like the book, but Bucholz got on my bad side pretty early on with her instructions for tea. You're supposed to put the leaves in the pot before you pour the water in--otherwise they don't bloom and steep properly and you end up with a muddier, milder flavour. She instructs you to pour in the water and dump the leaves on top, which is not good tea-making technique.

My other primary quibble with the book was that the author was uneven in her application of British language a
Oct 05, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Cute and witty! Though many of the recipes aren't up my alley, I still enjoyed reading the book. The desserts sound delicious!
Sara Shaw
Mar 23, 2014 Sara Shaw marked it as to-read
I finally got my hands on this!! I'm gonna try every single recipe, maybe I'll get a Hogwarts dining table!
Aug 06, 2013 Hayley rated it it was amazing
I truly don't understand why this book is not the official Harry Potter cookbook. Nuf said.
Feb 22, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because, to me, a cookbook should have pictures. That way, if you aren't sure you are doing it right, you can see if you are way off, or if maybe it's just because you are making something you are unfamiliar with. Having said that, I loved this book. I have made several recipes from it and cannot wait to try more. The author has put in fun facts about the origins of the recipe, and all have some sort of connection to the books or movies. The only other "compl ...more
Eidolon John
Oct 18, 2013 Eidolon John rated it it was amazing
The book is as delicious as the recipes :3
Christina Wilder
Oct 15, 2015 Christina Wilder marked it as to-read
Shelves: cooking
Momma needs butterbeer.
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Dinah Bucholz is the official author of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. Dinah was born to a large family and grew up in a small New York City suburb called Monsey. The most exciting things that happened in her childhood were getting her pony tail pulled by various brothers, also getting teased by the same, and enjoying spectacular good times and spectacular fights with her twin sisters.

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“2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate 1 tablespoon instant coffee 1¼ cups boiling water 2¾ cups all-purpose flour 2¾ cups granulated sugar ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup vegetable oil 1¼ cups buttermilk 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9″ × 13″ cake pan. Place the chocolate and coffee in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over the chocolate and coffee and let it stand 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Using an electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. Mix on low speed until well combined. Add the oil and buttermilk and mix well, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Add the chocolate-coffee mixture very carefully, on the lowest speed, as it will slosh around the bowl. Add the vanilla. Finish by scraping the bowl down and mixing all the batter with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until the cake feels firm when touched lightly in the center or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is over baked. Cool the cake completely in the pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve right out of the pan.” 0 likes
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