Cook Up Family Magic in the Kitchen

Image: The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids

Are you looking for a way to get your children more involved in the kitchen? One way you might get their attention is by telling them — quite truthfully — that the kitchen is a place where magic occurs. Where you mix flour, sugar, eggs, and a few other ingredients, bake them together and poof! You have cake.

Here’s a chance to let them discover the magic for themselves with a cookbook designed just for them. Introducing The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids: 50 Magically Simple, Spellbinding Recipes for Young Witches and Wizards. Due out in August, the book is the perfect primer for young chefs-in-training. As a family, you’ll have fun learning cooking terms and kitchen skills with recipes that are graduated in complexity so that all kid chefs and their potions masters (aka, parents) can whip up something amazing.

From breakfast all the way to dessert, the book makes any meal or snack extra special (and educational!). Recipes include Rock Cakes, Granola Bars “Owl Food,” Pumpkin Soup, Magic Star Fruit Salad, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Acid Lollipops, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Butterscotch Beer, and more.

The author, Alana Al-Hatlani, is a baker by day and food writer by night. Her articles have appeared in Saveur, Eater, The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and the Independent.

The book, published by Ulysses Press, will retail for $17.95.