About the Series


Jake looked closely at the book. It was bound in some sort of skin that felt soft and strangely warm to the touch - almost as if it was alive!

He opened it and found that the pages were crammed with hand-written recipes.

At first Jake thought that they were written in a foreign language, but then the words seemed to wriggle about and - all of a sudden - he found that he could understand them. 

The Conjuror's Cookbook is a series of funny fantasy stories, aimed at 7- 9 year old readers.

The main characters are Granny, a famous cookery writer, and Jake, her adventurous grandson. They're both mad about cooking, especially Granny, who can cook anything and everything. So when Jake's Great Aunt Elinor sends Granny a strange book, full of magical recipes, Granny doesn't think twice about trying them out. It was just as well that Jake is there to help out - you never know what might happen when you open 'The Conjuror's Cookbook'.

Each book contains a real "Cook-it-Yourself" recipe based on one of the magical recipes from the story.

Click on one of the covers opposite to find out more about that book.

THIS SERIES IS NO LONGER IN PRINT!

Goblin
Stew

Serpent
Soup

Ghostly
Goulash

Fairy
Cake

Here are some of this series' reviews

The Conjuror's Cookbook series by Jonathan Emmett has irresistible ingredients: a witty, punchy style; an inventive granny; a recipe book with a mind of its own: and a chain of enchanting culinary adventures.
In my favourite tale, 'Fairy Cake', Granny's magic mix produces Dewlally, a fairy of misrule with an impressive range in cocky one-liners.
As a bonus, each story ends with a simple recipe.

Elaine Williams, THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

Jake's Granny has a magical cookbook and a selection of amazing ingredients, so when they cook together anything can, and does, happen..
For newly-independent readers, these books are liberally illustrated with suitably comic pictures, and the stories are told with vitality and good humour. The solidity of the relationship between Jake and Granny provides a counterbalance to the daftness of their adventures, and there is much invention as well as some Dahl-esque touches. A 'cook-it-yourself' section at the back of each book provides a simple, and safe, version of a relevant recipe.
I found it frustrating that though the books form a sequence, they are not numbered*, but that is easily remedied - I think they will be enjoyed by 7-8 year-olds in many classrooms.

Anita Ganeri, BOOKS FOR KEEPS

* The books are numbered on the spine.

Illustrations © 2000 Colin Paine. Reproduced by permission of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., London .