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Review and Giveaway! “The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook” by Dinah Bucholz

December 10th, 2012 by Lisa

 Friday, December 14, 2012 at 5:45pm PST.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thank you for your wonderful comments.  This is a really cool cookbook!  The winner has been chosen and has been notified by email.  Congratulations April!


Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

I have something today that the kids in your life are going to love!  If they (or you) have read the Chronicles of Narnia books or have seen the movies, they will recognize many of the delicacies  in “The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool – Over 150 Recipes Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia” by Dinah Bucholz.  Even if you aren’t familiar with this series, you will love the whimsical, magical nature of this book.

For this review, I consulted my daughter, who is very familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia stories.  We sat and went through all of the recipes in the book.  She really thought it was fun to see all of the foods she remembers from the novels.

Toffee fruit for breakfast?  Sure, if you are dining with Fledge!  From “BREAKFAST WITH FLEDGE”:

“Digory is so eager to prove himself that he takes off with Polly without a thought for provisions.  So the children share between them a bag of toffees, and on a impulse, Digory plants the last toffee.  And lo!  In the morning, they find that a toffee tree covered with soft toffee fruit has sprung up.”  (The Magician’s Nephew, chapters 12-13)

This book is full of enchanting recipes to try with your child.  Some of the recipes my daughter and I want to try are:

  • Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
  • Sweet and Creamy Hot Vanilla
  • Iced Sherbet (Creamy Orange Sherbet)
  • Flat, Flabby Cakes (Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Pancakes)
  • Heavenly Honey Cake
  • Fried Spinach

This book is recommended for children ages 9 and up.  I would like to mention that it is not a gluten-free cookbook, but that there are several recipes that are naturally gluten-free or that with the help of an adult, could be made gluten-free by using gluten-free ingredients.

You can purchase “The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook” on and Barnes &

I am also very excited to be able to offer ONE FREE COPY to one very magical reader!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

This giveaway will run from today (Monday, December 10, 2012) until Friday, December 14, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

Best of luck to all!


50 Responses to “Review and Giveaway! “The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook” by Dinah Bucholz”

  1. I would love to add this cookbook to my collection

  2. My daughter would love this! Those are some of her favorite books!

  3. My kids and their friends, all teenagers, would love this! Thanks!

  4. my girls favorite books, would love to use this and surprise them!!!

  5. I love these books!

  6. Oh my gosh my girls would LOVE this cookbook! We love anything and everything Narnia! fingers crossed this would be a great surprise!

  7. I would SO love a cookbook like this!

  8. I love Narnia and I love cookbooks!

  9. Wow cool! My daughter would love to cook the recipes from, this :)

  10. We love Narnia!

  11. I have a neice who would love this. I introduced her to both cooking and the Chronicles of Narnia. Not that I stand a chance…

  12. What a fun idea for a cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I absolutely adore Narnia and CS Lewis. I also recommend to see Screwtape with Max McLean and his newest production which he is working on now, The Great Divorce, also based on Lewis’ book. I would love to be chosen for this giveaway, if not, I’ll buy it on my own!

  14. My kids would love this!!

  15. I would love to use this cookbook with my nieces!

  16. I would love to win this!

  17. Daughter took students to Oford England to study CS Lewis!

  18. My daughter took students to OXFORD England to study CS Lewis!

  19. My nephew would lov this! THanks for the giveaway.

  20. This looks like a magical cookbook! Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

  21. I have a bunch of tie-in cookbooks (from Little House on the Prairie to Sherlock Holmes), and this looks like another fun one!

  22. I love fun cookbooks!

  23. this sounds so grandson would love me to cook from it!!

  24. I would love to win this. It would make a wonderful addition to my collection and be something fun for the grandkids to use while visiting.

  25. what a beautiful book to share with my family… thank you!

  26. OH MY I never knew this even existed!!!! I love Narnia, I grew up listing to it and reading it and now I am starting to read it to my son. This would be soooo cool to own!

  27. Looks great! I always love a new cookbook.

  28. This sounds like a wonderful cookbook for my grandson to use when he comes for another cooking lesson. He was out this past weekend, has mastered cooking his own bacon & eggs, also pancakes from scratch. Thank you again for another wonderful prize!

  29. Loved those books, thanks for the chance to win!

  30. What a fun book!

  31. I have been infatuated with narnia since childhood. Tried to make Turkish delight a couple of years ago. This cookbook would be the coolest thing ever!

  32. Oh, I’m a child 9 years or up (considerably “up”) and I think this cookbook is a great giveaway!

  33. Wow, this would be a dream to win! I’ve always loved reading about the foods in books, and I love Narnia! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. What a fabulous idea to take such an adventure story and present it as recipes for kitchen adventures. What a fun cookbook to share with your children!!!!

  35. I love reading cookbooks and this one sounds interesting.

  36. Oh this is so cool…I love collecting cookbooks based on literature…I have several and would love to add this one as it is my favorite set of stories since I was little and am now sharing it with my best friends daughter whom I babysit everyday. And she loves to cook

  37. this looks like so much fun!!

  38. Farther up and further in!! What a great idea for a cookbook. If I win it, I will set a place at the table for Aslan!

  39. What fun! When teaching our kids about other countries, we try foods from there. I bet we could learn a lot about Narnia by its food too.

  40. My kids are clammering to try these recipes!

  41. Love cookbooks based on favorite stories!

  42. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my favorite book series and I hope will be one of my children’s favorites, too. How fun to make food from the stories!

  43. Would love to add this to my cookbook collection!

  44. Love it!

  45. How fun would this cookbook be to have around and make stuff with my kids! Would love it!

  46. My kids would love this!! We love the Narnia series and it would be totally awesome to make some recipes from it!! How fun!

  47. I was just looking at an unofficial Harry Potter cookbook the other day too! They would go perfect together!

  48. Sounds like a cute book. I wonder if my niece would like it.

  49. Cookbooks are fun!

  50. Sounds great! I’m a huge Lewis fan and getting my daughter interested in reading the series. Can’t wait to try my hand at Turkish Delight!