Cookbook Reveal – An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery

A brief overview of the cookbook I will be reviewing over the next 2 months.

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My husband is SUPER excited about this one!  It’s been sitting on my shelf for a while now, and he keeps eyeing it and flipping through.  I decided to finally go for it!

This one will probably be reviewed over the course of 2 months instead of 1 month, since I have a busy couple of months coming up in addition to the holidays.  But I will have plenty of holiday recipes to fill in the gaps!


About The Hobbit:

The Hobbit is a children’s book by J.R.R. Tolkien set in the same world as The Lord of the Rings.  It follows Bilbo Baggins, a lovable hobbit, as he travels with a group of dwarves and a wizard to recover treasure from the dragon named Smaug.  The Hobbit was the precursor to The Lord of the Rings, and has been made into both an animated film and a trilogy of live-action films.

About the Cookbook:

What I really love about this cookbook is that it’s divided up into the Hobbit’s seven mealtimes: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Supper, and Dinner.  And the food is all based on food in the English village where Tolkien grew up in the 1890s.

The recipes themselves aren’t exactly written like most cookbooks.  Instead of numbering each step, the instructions are written in paragraph format.  I’m not terribly excited about this, but let’s see how it goes!


The Recipes:


  • Stewed Apples and Prunes
  • Morning Oat Porridge
  • Apple and Cherry Griddle Cakes
  • Home Made Country Sausage Patties
  • Baked Scotch Eggs


  • Steak and Ale Pie
  • Mushrooms Soup in Home Made Roasted Chicken Broth
  • Roast Rack of Lamb
  • Sunday Roast Chicken
  • Easy Chicken Broth for Busy Hobbits

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  • Ginger Oat Bread
  • Hot Buttered Scones
  • Lavender and Lemon Bread
  • Roasted Green Beans
  • Yorkshire Pudding


  • Carrot Cake
  • Shortbread
  • Country Gingersnaps
  • Rustic Apple Tart
  • Roasted Apples

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