Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike” as Want to Read:
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  14,850 ratings  ·  429 reviews
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, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2010 by Adams Media
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.10  · 
Rating details
 ·  14,850 ratings  ·  429 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike
Miranda Reads
Honestly, one of my favorite books ever.

Dinah Bucholz, a huge Harry Potter fan and food lover, has always been interested in what the characters are eating.

So much of Hogwarts's magic revolves around food - from the Great Hall tables to home-cooked recipes a la Mrs. Weasley's wandwork.

And yet, where does one go if they want to try Hagrid's rock cakes or Mrs. Weasley's muffins? What the heck is treacle?? The answer has finally come.

Bucholz went through the entire series and found all of
Darth J
Apr 01, 2013 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 :-)
Gabriel Vidrine
Oct 01, 2011 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
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!
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews, cooking
While the blurbs paraphrasing episodes from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series have generally been entertaining enough (although also often much too repetitive in scope and feel, and to such an extent that I actually ended up skimming quite a large chunk of the second part of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook as far too many of the presented examples of Harry and his friends enjoying different types of foods actually just ended up feeling as though one was reading the same types of scenarios ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Potter Heads and those wishing to sample traditional Brit cuisine
Shelves: cookbooks
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
Eva Müller
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,
I don't even know where to begin with this book! It is amazing. You think you're just getting another book with recipes, but no, it is so much more than that. Even the paper it is printed on is amazing.

I received this book as a gift from my son, who knows how much of a Potterhead I am. For that alone I would treasure it, but it goes beyond that. It is, essentially, a work of art in and of itself.

The recipes, some of which are old English traditions, are also tied in with the Potter series. The b
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, cooking
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!

Davina Herondale
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yummy food inspired from the Potter-verse

10/10 recommend
Jan 14, 2011 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
jessica ☾
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this! I’m definitely not a great cook, but I’ve spent the day going through this cookbook and I’m so stoked to give all of these recipes a go. It’s things like this that contribute so much to bringing the Harry Potter books to life.
Dec 11, 2012 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
Feb 10, 2011 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. ...more
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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, kindle, 2018
Alright, this was a pretty fun read. There was such a huge variety of recipes to try out! There were a few that I felt were a bit redundant (Bacon and eggs??) While others were a tad more advanced. I loved how you actually got a bit of a history lesson with all the dishes. All together though I felt this really captured the palate that you would find at Hogwarts.
Julie Suzanne
I really loved this! I read every.single.word. which is totally bizarre since it's a cookbook. Each recipe begins with where in the book, exactly, it made an appearance in the Harry Potter books. Sidebars for each recipe give some food history or fun facts about the dish (I learned a lot about cooking in medieval times and recipes/cookbooks from the late 1600's to early 1900's especially). From the recipes themselves and the sidebars, I made the determination that I do not care to ever eat in En ...more
Jul 27, 2015 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
May 16, 2015 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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I especially love the second paragraph of the forward on page xi, where the author points out Harry's need for a sense of kinship and family.
After spending fewer than 10 minutes with this book, thank you Liz, I realize that I must get my own copy try all these recipes and share them with friends while watching Harry Potter preferably!
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Got this as a Christmas gift from my cousin. Some of the recipes are a a little tricky but there’s some really simple ones too! Plus the great facts included are really cool to showcase the history of the food! It’s History, HP and cooking all in one!
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute book, and there are recipes that can be used for a classic dinner party as well, not just all things harry potter themed, even if the collection of recipes is based on the stories and the foods from the books/movies. You can read my full review and see pictures of the recipes I tried here: ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
No recipe for butterbeer though
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
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)
Jun 27, 2014 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
Anna Nesterovich
Jun 05, 2017 marked it as cookbook-on-trial
Review in progress, each newly tried recipe will be rated separately.
p. 3 - 3 stars - English Fried Eggs and a Gammon of Bacon - Eggs and bacon, yay! I'm not sure though I'd need a recipe.
p. 12 - 4 stars - Petunia's Pudding (English Strawberry Trifle) - That was my birthday cake, and one of the best at that.
p. 14 - 4 stars - Lemon Meringue Pie - A complicated process, but a very good result. I only wish I did in winter rather than summer. I'm not sure I can call it weeping, but this humidity mad
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
I found this cookbook to be pretty underwhelming. Firstly, the selection of recipes is pretty odd. Like in the very beginning of book 1, the Dursleys don't get Harry ice cream at the zoo, the attendant notices and out of pure shame they get him a lemon pop. I don't think anyone read "lemon pop" and decided they NEEDED the recipe for that, but it's here! And that's not all, there's a LOT of other ice cream recipes, including Dudley's double chocolate ice cream cone...really? There's also a recipe ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is chock full of traditional British recipes. I haven't had a chance to try them out, but I'm so excited to have a Shepherd's Pie recipe along with some other classics. If it was mentioned in the books, it's in the cookbook. Unlike other tie-in cookbooks that aim for inventive recipes where the end result looks like something from the movie or something like that, this is mostly recipes for the real classic British foods that are mentioned in the story (there's a lot of feasting that goes o ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Tosh and I made a deal that we would each find a recipe and learn how to make whatever it is.


Okay, that's not going to happen. I'm not much of a cook, but the recipes here didn't really appeal to me very much (I won't ever be cooking a rack of lamb, I don't think), and the Potter fan wasn't all that impressed either, since the references to the text were kind of fleeting. And I really don't get the organization. The sections weren't straightforward by type of food. Perhaps I just didn't get i
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great tie in, with all my favorite recipes... but where was butterbeer???
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and More
  • Harry Potter Colouring Book
  • The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook: From Delicious Dole Whip to Tasty Mickey Pretzels, 100 Magical Disney-Inspired Recipes
  • OF BUTTERBEERS AND TREACLE TARTS:: THE HARRY POTTER COOKBOOK A Magical Collection of Fancy Harry Potter-Inspired Recipes
  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Spell book Wand Movement Illustrated: Magic Spell book contains all the spells
  • Harry Potter Potions Book: The Unofficial Book of Magic Potions
  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Joke Book: Great Guffaws for Gryffindor
  • Baking: From My Home to Yours
  • The Unofficial Ultimate Harry Potter Spellbook: A complete reference guide to every spell in the wizarding world
  • 166 Harry Potter Facts - Trivia Training To Become The Ultimate Witch Or Wizard
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods - Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and more
  • My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
  • Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
  • Harry Potter - The Magical Book of Facts: Over 250 facts you probably didn't know!
  • 636 Harry Potter Spells, Facts And Trivia - The Ultimate Wizard Training Guide For Magic (Unofficial Guide Book 4)
  • Hermione Granger's Unofficial Life Lessons and Words of Wisdom: What Would Hermione (from the Harry Potter Series) Say?
  • Mapping the World of Harry Potter: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Explore the Bestselling Series of All Time
  • Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
See similar books…
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.


Articles featuring this book

This holiday season, why not give the gift of The Chronicles of Narnia's Turkish delight, a cozy dinner with the March...
75 likes · 11 comments