I am an avid reader of cookbooks. I enjoy trying new recipes and making dishes from different cultures and styles of cooking. When reading a cookbook, I always try to consider the time commitment for each dish and whether the ingredient list is easily accessible (Do I want to travel to an exotic locale for a spice?). Each of these literary-inspired cookbooks contains recipes and references to dishes your favorite heroine/hero ate throughout the novel and an ingredient list that makes it possible in your own kitchen.


The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory- More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards (Dinah Buchotz)

Banana Fritters with Caramel Sauce (Ch. 8 Deserts and Snacks at School)

This recipe is on my to-make list. The idea of fried bananas paired with a homemade caramel sauce sounds delightful.


Once Upon a Time in the Kitchen: Recipes and Tales from Classic Children’s Stories (Odell & Pignataro)

Bear Honey and Nut Spread (Breakfast Foods/Winnie-the-Pooh)

This recipe is quick and delicious. The ingredient list is simple: ½ cup chopped nuts (I used pecans but any will work), four tablespoons of honey and bread to spread it on. This would be an excellent recipe for little ones who want to help cook or a sweet treat with a cup of tea!


Creamy_BarleySoupThe Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary’s Crab Canapés to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas Pudding- More Than 150 Recipes From Upstairs and Downstairs (Emily Ansara Baines)

“Unsinkable” Cream of Barley Soup
(Ch. 2 First and Second Courses: Soups and Fish)

A delicious soup course and a historical drama– As the title indicates, this cream of barley soup was served on the tragic and final evening of the Titanic’s travels. I made this soup  and it did not disappoint.


The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to “Groosling”- More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games Trilogy (Emily Ansara Baines)

Prim’s Basil-Wrapped Goat Cheese Balls (Ch. 4 Humble Beginnings)

I think this would make a lovely appetizer!

The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew- More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond (Alan Kistler)

Sansa’s Strawberry Chiffon Pie (Ch. 6 Deceitful Delights: Desserts, Drinks, and “Poisonous” Cocktails)

The base for this pie is a graham cracker crust and a fresh strawberry filling. I think that a graham cracker crust is a bit simpler to make than the traditional dough crust.


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