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Just Add Magic
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Author Cindy Callaghan
Country US
Language English
Genre Juvenile Fantasy
Published 2010, (Aladdin)
Pages 240
ISBN 978-1-4424-0268-3

Just Add Magic is a 2010 fictional juvenile novel by Cindy Callaghan. It tells the story of three young friends who find a mysterious and magical cookbook and create a secret cooking club. It was followed up by the 2018 book Potion Problems. Amazon Studios adapted the book into a series of the same name.


Middle school girls Kelly, Darbie and Hannah find an old World Book Encyclopedia, Volume T in Kelly's attic. In it, they find that the entries have been covered up by recipes with strange names like "Shut 'Em Up Shortcake" and "Hazelnut Healing Tart". This is the excuse Kelly has been looking for to start a cooking club with her two best friends Darbie and Hannah. They must keep the club secret from the mean girl and Kelly's neighbor, Charlotte.

Kelly's little brother eats some of the shortcake and is unable to speak. Darbie eats some of the shortcake and can't stop talking right before basketball tryouts. Kelly and Darbie think there's something magical about these recipes, but Hannah remains skeptical.

The three friends find themselves having some bad luck after using the recipes. They befriend SeƱora Perez, owner of La Cocina, the shop where they buy the exotic ingredients needed for the magical recipes. She teaches them about the Law of Returns and they decide to perform (sometimes difficult) good deeds around their town to balance things out.


Amazon Studios adapted the novel for the 2015 pilot season and later ordered a full season based on the response.

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