The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

“A branch of magic is still open to you [muggles] – Curye, later known as Cookery, which combines elements of potion with transfiguration, a bit of herbology and divination.” Can’t argue with that, really.

Of the layers that were used to construct the world of this amazing boy, one of the most fascinating (bar Hogwarts Castle of course – how amazing would that be to visit!?) are the Wizarding foods that play such a pivotal role in establishing the whole world. From Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, to Cauldron Cakes and of course the reviving bars of chocolate:

The mood-enhancing properties of chocolate are well known in both the Muggle and wizard worlds. Chocolate is the perfect antidote for anyone who has been overcome in the presence of Dementors, which suck hope and happiness out of their surroundings.”

This book presents 150 directly mentioned (and a few fleetingly referred to) delectations that any fans of the books and movies will love. It seems to be written for a mostly American audience, and shares many common British dishes; mashed potatoes, toad-in-the-hole, treacle tart and ‘four classically British Pies’. It also has 4 of the big 5; Pumpkin Juice, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes (aka ‘Big Fluffy Pancakes’) and a chapter devoted to Honeydukes Sweets. Sadly, it doesn’t include a recipe for Butterbeer (methinks that worry about Warner Brothers breathing down the authors neck plays a part) but overall is a fantastic book. I’ve cooked a few things and they seem pretty spot on –  a couple less Ice Cream recipes wouldn’t go amiss though.



Each chapter of the Harry Potter Cookbook [UNOFFICIAL]
has a random mix of recipes (eg. Chapter 4: Recipes from a Giant and an Elf) each accompanied with the book/chapter that it’s related to in the books, and a random historical fact. Physically it’s a beautiful book – hardcover that opens flat (perfect for cooking) and faux worn page edges. My nephews will love this… if they can pry it out of my hands that is. I always love having a look at peoples cookbooks because they say a lot about people, and this one sits proudly on my meagre shelf.

“He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, sausages, bacon and steak, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, fries, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup, and, for some strange reason, peppermint humbugs.” 

Warner Brothers, you are missing a trick here. Seriously.


What’s your favourite Harry Potter dish?

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