A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Last week’s cookbook was from the children’s library. We looked there again and found this cookbook that should please many Harry Potter fans.
What kind of cookbook is The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook?
I had not really thought about it before, but there is much eating in the Harry Potter books and movies. Just think of all the scenes inside the Great Hall at Hogwarts with the students sitting at the long tables. With a swish of his wand, Professor Dumbledore delivers bountiful dishes from the Hogwarts kitchens, where house-elves prepare the food. Also, there are many scenes at the Dursley’s house and at the Weasleys’ cottage in kitchens or dining rooms. Mrs. Weasley sometimes resorts to magic to get the dinner to the table on time. Dinah Bucholz has combed through the seven books to discover the many dishes served. In The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, she describes scenes and provides recipes.
Can you easily buy the ingredients for the recipes?
Some of the dishes have British names, but they are usually made from ingredients that we can get from our supermarkets in the United States. Bucholz also advises cooks how to substitute for treacle or golden syrup. Pig’s blood, however, may be hard to find.
Are the recipes easy to make?
A few are, but many will need adults supervision to get them right.
What is special about this cookbook?
Can you imagine anything more persuasive than to say to a child, “Let’s eat what Harry Potter eats”? When you serve roast chicken, buttered peas, and glazed carrots, you can mention when Harry ate these at Hogwarts. Of course, you will have to serve lots of desserts if you use this approach. There are lots of desserts in this cookbook.
What are your favorite recipes from this cookbook?
On a cold evening, I’d like Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings (page 64), Creamy Onion Soup (page 82), or Chiddingly Hotpot (page 140). I’d then like a nice serving of Treacle Pudding (page 73) or Creamy, Dreamy Chocolate Gateau (page 188) for dessert. – Review by Rick