The Bottom Line
- Well-designed and organized
- Easy-to-follow recipes
- Each recipe includes its relationship to the Harry Potter series
- Interesting tidbits of history and other facts included for each recipe
- Index, source list, general tips on food preparation, companion Web site
- No photos in book, although 66 photos of recipes included on companion Web site
- Title: The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
- Author: Dinah Bucholz
- Length: 240 pages
- Recommended for: Harry Potter fans of all ages and those interested in learning about traditional foods of the British Isles
- Publisher: Adams Media
- Publication Date: 2010
- ISBN: 9781440503252
Guide Review - The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Each of the ten chapters begins with an entertaining description about activities in the Harry Potter series that relate to the chapter's theme. Author Dinah Bucholz writes in the chatty tone of someone writing about friends and acquaintances rather than characters in a book. For example, in the first chapter, Good Food With Bad Relatives, Bucholz describes several special meals with the Dursleys, two of which Harry ruined, to his relatives chagrin.
Each recipe begins with an account of how the recipe relates to the Harry Potter series and in what chapter and Harry Potter book (or books) mention of the food can be found. On each recipe page, there is also a special section that provides tidbits of historical information or other facts related to the recipes in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.
The design of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook somewhat mitigates the absence of photos. However, I particularly enjoy seeing a photograph of any recipe I plan to use before I start cooking, and many kids and other adults feel the same. Consequently, I was pleased to find 66 color photographs of foods from the book on The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Web site. The recipe photos are sorted into the following categories: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Dessert, and Tea, plus Candies and Confections.