The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook Review – A Tome of Bewitching Treats

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The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook, from Ulysses Press, presents a sinfully delicious tome of favorite fall recipes, from hearth-warming to luscious sweets, all with a wickedly charming twist, guaranteed to satisfy the hunger of hobgoblins everywhere.

Complied by author Bridget Thoreson, The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook, scares up a wicked trick on traditional Autumn treats. With section heading including "Life-Giving Fall Favorites," "Recipes for Salem Townsfolk," "From The Witches Spellbook," "Bewitching Brews and Beverages," "Way to Go Virgin Drinks," and "Odds and Ends," this tome offers something for everyone.

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Beginning with Hearty Breakfast Frittata, a wonderful nourishing morning treat for holiday get-togethers and family weekends before a full day in the country visiting the pumpkin patch to find the smoothest, roundest, perfectly orange pumpkin to create a ghoulish jack-o-lantern.

As the annual fall harvest brings a cornucopia of gourds, winter squash, butternut squash and pumpkins, Thoreson incorporates many of these into her recipes. Part of the fun of carving a pumpkin is scooping out the seeds and roasting them to perfection for a great snack treat.

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Other pumpkin recipes gathered in The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook are sprinkled throughout including Autumnal Pumpkin Bread (p.14), Pumpkin Pancakes (p.17), Pumpkin Soup (p.30), and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Power Snack (p.42).

Sweet treats, guaranteed to delight every goblin, such as Bridget's Bishop Bakes Apples (p.32), Caramel Apples (p.35), Salty Sweet Caramel Corn (p.48), Master's Devil's Food Cake (p.50), Chocolate Witch Pop (p.52), Dump Out Your Chocolate Sack (p.53), Brown Butter Booooook Blondies (p.82), and Red Velvet Tombstone Cake (p.86), to name a few are also featured throughout the book.

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After a full day of shopping with family, scouring the pumpkin patch, taking part in hayrides and bobbing for apples and other fall classic activities, a little potion, perhaps the adults could be tempted with a cauldron of Oil of Boil Cocktail (p.97) or a Witch's Brew Espresso Martini (p.108).

Other entrees featured in The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook are Mischief Night Pasta, with the recipe featured below, which is hearty and a quick easy and filling family meal.

Black Magic Beef Stew, which can be found on page 21, a hypnotizing delicious and hearty fall dish to warmup the rattling bones and chase away the chill. Adding a dash of smoked paprika, this Beef Stew transforms from traditional to a hauntingly delicious favorite with an enchanting broth.

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Enchanting and spellbinding, The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook provides an overview with each recipe including serving size, prep time and cook time. Thoreson walks the home chefs through each step, and if there are multiple steps involved in each process, such as with Squash Ravioli (p.28), she explains each element of the tantalizing dish.

In her introduction she includes her inspiration for the tome of haunting flavors and combinations. She also provide a simple "Tools for Your Torture Chamber" which include items already present in most kitchens.

Author Bridget Thoreson clearly states the spooky collection of Halloween-themed recipes are inspired by the Walt Disney Classic film Hocus Pocus and is simply intended to be an appreciation of the cult classic film.

Across 60 recipes, she casts the perfect spell through charming trickery, creating sinfully delicious indulgences and hauntingly scrumptious treats. The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook is on sale through online retailors and can be found in most brick-and-mortar bookstores.


Title: The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook.

Author: Bridget Thoreson.

Release Date: September 5, 2022.

Publisher: Ulysses Press (September 7, 2021)

Length: 144 pages.

ISBN13: 9781646042418.

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