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Put away your latest edition of “The Joy of Cooking.” Toss your copies of Julia Child’s work. Right now, there’s only one cookbook you need in your life, and that is the cookbook that will teach you how to make Kreacher’s French Onion Soup and Mrs. Weasley’s Meat Pies.
Of course, there’s only one place you can find such wizardly delights — a Harry Potter cookbook!
“The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory—More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards” by Dinah Bucholz is the cookbook we didn’t even know we needed. But now that it’s here, it deserves a rightful spot on our kitchen countertops, right next to our cauldrons and our potions and herbology textbooks.
While the above-mentioned cookbook came out in 2010, it’s having a resurgence thanks to a recent Buzzfeed article that delved into some of the book’s awesome recipes.
Bucholz, who has also written other fan-oriented books, such as “The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool—Over 150 Recipes Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia,” says that inspiration for the cookbook came to her because she couldn’t help but notice that the descriptions of food in the Harry Potter series always made her hungry.
“I was always interested in the food in ‘Harry Potter’ just out of curiosity,” Bucholz told MuggleNet. “There is such good food described in there, and the feast sounds amazing. But I had no idea what the food was. I was wondering, ‘What in the world is treacle tart? It sounds so good.’ Or, ‘What is knickerbocker glory? What are these things?'”
Thankfully for us Harry Potter lovers, Bucholz researched all of the delicious-sounding treats in Harry Potter’s universe. From Hagrid’s infamous Rock Cakes to the Pumpkin Juice they serve on the Hogwarts Express, the cookbook is perfect for fans who want to make mealtime magical.
Of course, no Harry Potter cookbook would be complete without a recipe for Harry’s favorite dessert, treacle tarts. You can watch author Dinah Bucholz make the sweet treat below:
Yum! It’s no wonder so many fans love the book. It has a near-perfect rating on Amazon, and reviewers can’t rave enough about this wizard-themed cookbook, saying:
“Bought as a joke, but it really is a good cookbook! My HP fan was thrilled and has delighted us with several items!”
It has the British stamp of approval, too:
“Being an ex-pat Brit in the US it was great to find a cookbook with some good old fashioned British recipes like my mum used to make! My Harry Potter fan son loves it and has been asking to make all sorts from it. As a book it’s reasonably well laid out and thought through and I like the references to where to the food can be found in the series. And the recipes all seem pretty accurate so far!
I’d recommend it to anyone who really wants to know what toad in the hole really is!”
“My eight-year-old LOVES this cookbook. Our favorite is the birthday cake. It’s so stinkin’ good and definitely worth all of the steps. The author did a fantastic job of finding recipes that go with the book and adapting them. It was my child’s favorite Christmas gift and she’s constantly pulling it out to look for new foods to try!”
Personally, I’m eager to try these pumpkin pasties that Instagram user @knitmum whipped up:
A book that makes cooking fun for kid and adult fans alike? Now that really is magical!
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