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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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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!
A.N. Vidrine
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
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!

Sep 24, 2013 Aoife added it
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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,
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
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.
Lolly's Library
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
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
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
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

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
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
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)
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
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
Lilly Fae
This is a nice cookbook for Harry Potter fans. I really think I may have a feast someday with all of these items (or at least most). The only thing that should have been added that was not is Butterbeer! Other than that, she probably should have added roasted potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. Or some other kind of... more... inventive potato? Either way, great work!

EDITED: I realize now that I do not have the full version! I only have 15 out of 150 recipes. I was going to give the book a 4 st
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.
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 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
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
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!
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
The book is as delicious as the recipes :3
Christina Wilder
Aug 31, 2012 Christina Wilder marked it as to-read
Momma needs butterbeer.
Okay, bear with me. I know this is a Harry Potter themed cookbook and that's cool and all, but come on, it's going to be crap. I even bought it as a joke for a friend and my sister. But this is probably the most consistently delicious cookbook I own, and I own a lot. There is background on all the recipes, not just where they are from in Harry Potter but also culturally and historically. There are challenging recipes, recipes no human should touch, way to easy to be in print recipes, desserts, s ...more
Terri Lynn
This is a cookbook for those of us who enjoyed the Harry Potter books. The recipes are very British and delightful. Enjoy recipes for English Strawberry Trifle, Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake, Cherry Bakewell Cake, Citrus Sandwich Cake with Mango filling, Crumpets (oh YESSSSSSSSS!), Ice Cream Sundaes, tea, Pumpkin Pasties, Pumpkin Juice, Apple Crumble Pies, Treacle Fudge, Yorkshire Pudding, Shepherd's Pie, Bangers and Mash, Honeyduke Treats and more. This is a good book even for those who aren't ...more
Rea K
I've been paging through this cookbook this morning and have decided that it warrants a more thorough exploration.
First off, I see people bitching about easy-peasy recipes for bacon and eggs. Dude, I know there are people out there who need a dumbed down recipe for something as easy as grilled cheese. Stop it. There are people who burn water and haven't cooked a thing in their entire life. Don't bitch about it. Those people would probably be grateful to find a recipe for something as simple as
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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
“2 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled 5 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate” 0 likes
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