The Secret Garden Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's THE SECRET GARDEN

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Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden delights in the wondrous discoveries of lonely Mary Lennox as she slowly helps bring an abandoned garden back to life. It also delights in good food and a robust appetite, and the health and strength they can bring. Written at a time when many children were going hungry and even starving, Burnett's beloved story celebrates the magic of fresh air, new milk, homemade currant buns, and hearty, simple fare.

Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes for Mary's favorite foods, in and out of the garden, from porridge to roasted potatoes and eggs, all inspired by The Secret Garden and all adapted by chef and culinary historian Amy Coder from traditional Victorian recipes. Ms. Coder has supplemented these simple, wholesome recipes with fascinating tidbits on Victorian foods and Victorian eating customs. The result is a scrumptious tribute to Burnett's classic novel, a fascinating glimpse into the cooking customs of a historical period that is now long past, and a step-by-step guide to making delicious, tasty treats to enjoy in your own secret garden.

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Amy Cotler, is a professional chef and culinary historian as well as an avid gardener. Her previous books include My Little House Cookbook, and she is also one of the contributors to the updated Joy of Cooking. She lives with her family in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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Grade 4 Up-A charming homage to Burnett's classic, this collection of 42 recipes is divided into chapters such as "Yorkshire Breakfasts," "Dickon's Cottage Food," and "A Taste of India." Cotler also includes some fascinating bits of culinary and social history, tossing off some intriguing anecdotes along the way. There are quotes from poems, various Victorian personages, and, of course, The Secret Garden. The book's design is simple yet elegant, with creamy paper and small green illustrations that add an air of grace and refinement. The author offers some tasty-looking recipes, but be aware that many of them will be difficult for children. A few involve yeast, and a recipe for Molded Spiced Pears that Cotler describes as "easy and fun" calls for a good deal of experience and judgment. However, she obviously loves food, history, and Burnett's book, and her enthusiasm shines through. This literary and culinary treat will be best enjoyed as a family resource, for children and adults cooking together.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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