Cookbook provides tastes of Harry Potter wizard worldWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wonder what pumpkin pasties or treacle tarts taste like? “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” provides Potter fans with recipes for Harry’s favorite treats and other English cuisine.
In addition to treacle tarts and pumpkin pasties, the book provides recipes for Hagrid’s rock cakes and Dumbledore’s favorite muggle treat lemon drops, as well as numerous Honeydukes’ sweets and cauldron cakes. Other recipes include British classics, such as steak and kidney pie, English strawberry trifle and crumpets.
“I think it would be fun for “Harry Potter” fans to try out the different recipes,” said Dinah Bucholz, author of the cookbook.
“The food would be perfect for any ‘Harry Potter’ themed party.”
The mother of four said the cookbook’s target audience is children, but some of the recipes require adult supervision.
“Not all the recipes are easy for kids to do,” Bucholz said. “When I was making the cookbook, I was trying to make it as close to authentic as possible. I wanted it to be traditional British cooking … but I see [kids] having fun in the kitchen with it.”
While running errands one day, Bucholz had a flash of inspiration and decided to write a Harry Potter cookbook.
“It just kind of happened. I had been a big Harry Potter fan and was always very curious about the food in the books. It all sounded so good,” she said.
Bucholz, for whom cooking was a hobby, began rereading the Harry Potter books (one through five) and trying recipes from various cookbooks.
“I did a tremendous amount of research,” she said.
Bucholz tried a number of recipes from her own cookbooks, as well as from the Internet for each entry, she said.
Some recipes Bucholz had to find her favorite for, while others, such as recipes for the different fudge and toffees, required experimentation because she had no experience cooking them, she said.
“[Researching for this book] I learned a tremendous amount about kitchen science and cooking,” Bucholz said.
In addition to recipes, the cookbook features a brief history of each dish, as well as locations within the “Harry Potter” series where the food is referenced.
“I wanted people to know where they could find the food in the book, that way they could look back,” Bucholz said. “I think it makes it a little more interesting to read.”
Amateur chefs and bakers can ask Bucholz for cooking tips at the cookbook’s official website, www.unofficialharrypottercookbook.com. A video of how to make treacle tarts is also available on YouTube.