The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool
BY DINAH BUCHOLZ, SOURCEBOOKS, 234 PAGES, $22.99.
The wonder experienced when Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan first felt an icy blast of cold air upon stepping deeper into the wardrobe has long captivated audiences.
C.S. Lewis' magical The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, penned in 1950, and resulting The Chronicles of Narnia series, continues to delight all who experience the fantastic story.
The winter is the perfect time to revisit the mythical world of Narnia as a reader, or as a watcher of the classic BBC television version of the tale or more recent film adaptations.
For those fans looking to go a little deeper, New York Times Bestselling author Dinah Bucholz (The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook) has just published The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook, suited to chefs of all ages.
Food plays an important role in the novels, and Bucholz has lovingly created menus inspired by key plot lines. For example, like Edmund readers can indulge in homemade Turkish delight accompanied by a mug of sweet and creamy hot vanilla, as given to him by the White Witch. Another recipe recreates Lucy's tea with Mr. Tumnus in his cozy cave, laying out a menu of tender soft-boiled eggs, sardines on toast, buttered toast, toast with honey and sugar-dusted sponge tea cake.
Readers can pack their own road food like Prince Caspian when he's awoken in the night by Doctor Cornelius and forced to flee for his life. Bucholz suggests Mediterranean cold sliced chicken, cold roast venison, homemade sandwich bread, apples and wine would have been appropriate provisions.
Full dish preparation is described as well as substitutions for young readers in this amusing hardcover book paying tribute to an enduring classic.