As a girl, I was a huge fan of the Nancy Drew books, including The Nancy Drew cookbook. It included recipes that were more-or-less connected to the popular book series, simplified for young people. I found the recipes fun, easy to make, and delicious. I still have the book and it remains one of my cherished keepsakes from my childhood.
I wondered if my own children would ever be able to enjoy the same kind of delicious fun from a children’s cookbook for their favorite book series, Harry Potter. And like magic, here it is! The book says that it is not an official part of the series, yet I found the ties to the series fun and engaging, nonetheless. As a children’s cookbook, alone, it’s a wonderful book. The Harry Potter elements add an extra layer of fun and excitement.
The chapters include recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks. The recipes are delicious, easy-to-make, and feature lovely full-page photos of nearly all the recipes. My children are really enjoying learning to cook by making these recipes by themselves, with a little help from me, when needed.
The recipes are fairly straightforward yet are the sorts of things that any young person should enjoy, like grilled cheese sandwiches, “Witch Hat Quesadillas,” or mac and cheese casserole. I should note that the recipes often use a dozen or more (basic, inexpensive) ingredients, and may have as many steps or more, so this isn’t a book for very young children, but perfect for tweens and older children.
My family was especially excited to make the various British recipes like Bubble and Squeak, although I think their favorite recipe — which they’ve made several times now — is the easy fudge which is (unfortunately) terribly delicious. I could not recommend this book more for any young Harry Potter fan in your life!