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The Secret Garden Cookbook, Newly Revised Edition

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There are rites of passage of a literary childhood. Charlotte’s Web. Where the Red Fern Grows. The Phantom Tollbooth. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. The Secret Garden. These books stay with you for years, growing inside your mind and your soul to become a part of your DNA. The memories from these classics become a part of the fabric of life, popping up from time to time, when you need a moment of comfort or encouragement, or when you see your kids (or nieces, nephews, friends’ kids) going through those same moments in childhood that resonate with you. 

Now you can bring The Secret Garden to life even more, for you and for the kids you love. The Secret Garden Cookbook is available with 50 recipes that will transport you back to the pages of the book, where Mary finds a secret garden and nurses it back to health, as those who care for her nurse her back to health with hearty foods cooked to help her grow and with fresh garden vegetables to increase her health.  

Starting with the Yorkshire Breakfasts, you can indulge in Perfect Porridge with Brown Sugar and Butter, Coddled Eggs, and Little Sausage Cakes. A Manor Lunch includes Yorkshire Pudding, Roasted Chicken with Bread Sauce, and Jam Roly Poly. And then there’s a chapter on an English Tea, because what could go better with a British literary classic? You can share A Perfect Pot of Tea, Cucumber Tea Sandwiches, Warm Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze, and Lemon Curd Tartlets. 

A chapter on vegetables Straight from the Garden is next, with Spring Peas with Fresh Mint, Sweet Glazed Carrots, and Summer Berry Pudding. Then there is Dickon’s Cottage Food, like Tattie Broth, Yorkshire Oatcakes, and The Best Sticky Gingerbread Parkin. After that, we take a trip to India to taste some of the foods Mary grew up on, like Mulligatawny Soup, Little Bacon and Cilantro Pancakes, and Florence Nightingale’s Kedgeree. The final chapter encourages a Garden Picnic, with recipes for Cozy Currant Buns, English Crumpets, Cornish pasties, and Jammy Chocolate Balls. 

Along with the tasty recipes, The Secret Garden Cookbook also serves up tidbits of English history at the time of The Secret Garden, some information about the region of England where the book takes place, and lots of interesting facts about the foods available back then and how they were prepared, served, and eaten. The cookbook is also liberally sprinkled with quotes from the book, to help bring together the foods and the stories in ways that bring them both to life. 

Book nerds of all ages and fans of The Secret Garden will find a deeper connection to the children’s book that they love through the recipes and stories in The Secret Garden Cookbook. Sharing these foods with the kids in your life will also help them fall more in love with the book and learn a little about the history of Victorian England, whether they want to or not. This is a really beautiful cookbook and a fun experience, and something special for the bookish kid in us all. 

Galleys for The Secret Garden Cookbook were provided by Quarto Publishing Group through NetGalley, but I loved it so much I bought a copy for myself.
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What a cute cookbook with and abundance of wonderful recipes that really connect you with the feel of the Secret Garden.
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC for an honest review.
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This is a charming book of traditional British recipes. It also explains the overall conditions of Victorian England and the vast diffferences in diet between socioeconomic classes. It would be a great addition to reading The Secret Garden for a classroom or homeschool, or a nice gift for a child who enjoyed the classic book. Beautiful illustrations and easy to understand recipes make it appropriate for all ages.

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review.
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This is a beautifully elegant collection of recipes. It will inspire you to have a picnic or afternoon tea as soon as you see the prettiness of the included photos and illustrations. A wonderful gift for fans of The Secret Garden or Victorian literature.
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. I had to get this for my love the movie Secret Garden and I really did enjoy this cookbook and have someone in mind to purchase it for.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest review. 

This book now sits proudly on my cookbook shelf. I liked the e-book version of this book so much that I had to have a physical copy. All I know is that all my favorite books should have to put out a mandatory cookbook. I know this doesn't make sense financially, but that's the new rule. 

This book is lovely. Beautiful illustrations, fantastic recipes reminiscent of the story, and gorgeous pictures. It has everything one could want, I tested out the famous Toffee Pudding recipe on page 32. I hear great things about this recipe on British cooking shows but had yet to try it. It was delicious and every bit as wonderful as it is purported to be. 

If you are a cookbook aficionado like myself, you will seriously dig this book.
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**I received an ARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This cookbook is beautiful and delightful! Every page has sweet artful touches, fun historical and contextual facts relating to the book, and delicious and authentic recipes. I always loved The Secret Garden and was a little worried that a cookbook would not be able to do it justice. I was wrong! I hope to buy a hard copy of this soon to share with my daughter as we read The Secret Garden together. I know she will love all the applied learning, as well as the delicious rewards at the end! I definitely recommend this book, especially to parents who may be reading the original book with their kids. It really does add a whole new dimension of fun learning!
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This is wonderful for fans of this story and fans of yummy comfort food. It focuses on the food from the novel and the setting of the novel. The 50 recipes are fresh and interesting with appealing tastes even for today being an updated version. You’ll find breakfast, brunch, dinnertime, India tastes, snacks and more items inside. Some recipes are Cozy Currant Buns and Dough Cakes with Cinnamon and Sugar. If you are a fan of the book and characters, whether you have been for years or you just found it this is a nice cookbook to have in the kitchen. This is a fun way to join in with your favorite book having some yummy dishes. Another wonderful element is how the cookbook brings in elements of the book as well as some of the recipes might be difficult to follow. It makes it special. It shows why the recipe is in the cookbook.
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This is the perfect gift for someone who loves The Secret Garden.
All of the recipes are quintessentially British, ranging from staples to keep the working-class fed and full to dishes inspired by the British colonies and adapted for the elites in England.
Mixed in with the recipes are little snippets from the book and small paragraphs about life on a big household at the time of the book.

This cookbook is fun and charming, filled with lovely Yorkshire recipes.
However, I do think this wouldn't be a very interesting book for anyone who doesn't love The Secret Garden, unless you are looking for a good Yorkshire cookbook of course ;)
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This would be a nice cookbook for anyone who loved reading The Secret Garden. It is a cute idea and gives you a bit of backstory to the recipes which I see as being very classic British. Unfortunately I didn't find much originality in the recipes especially ones for a pot of tea so it's more a novelty cookbook then a practical cookbook as I've seen many of these recipes before.
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What an absolutely charming cookbook and companion to the Secret Garden! The recipes are simple and good. We made the mulligatawny soup and enjoyed it. Although people make fun of English cooking, I like it, but so often the recipes are in English measurements which are not the same as American measurements. Here are simple, doable dishes along with quotes from the book and interesting facts. I like the poppy decorations too. They are appropriate to the WW1 era of the novel. I received a free edition of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, then I bought my own hard copy edition of the book
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I really enjoyed looking over the recipes in "The Secret Garden Cookbook" by Amy Cotler. 
I would like to thank the publisher for giving me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This is such a jolly, English cookbook. String out the bunting and dust off the picnic blanket because you're about to have the best tea party of your life.

The author has gathered a selection of 50 of the most quintessential recipes that will whisk you off to Frances Hodgson-Burnett's Secret Garden. 

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing another cookbook by Amy Cotler, The Little Women Cookbook. This series of cookbooks is based on recipes and foods that the characters of these books might have eaten or that the book mentioned. The Little Women Cookbook was a finalist in the Goodreads' Choice Awards for 2019. Now we have The Secret Garden Cookbook full of new and delicious recipes to try - and try them I did!!

I've been baking "biscuits" since I was a tiny girl - young, not skinny, I've never been skinny. These, however, are far and away the best that I've ever made or eaten!! Okay, so their official name is "Savory Muffins Spiked with Cheese," but I call them AMAZING. If you live in the US and have eaten the Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits then you will love this recipe! I've tried every "knock off" recipe on Pinterest and they all failed. We baked these and TADA - the best cheddar cheese biscuit - ever!

There are recipes for a Proper Pot of English Tea, Cucumber Sandwiches for your garden party and so many puddings among them Sticky Toffee Pudding and Yorkshire pudding. Some of you may bake these on a regular basis but just try finding a good recipes for these here in the US. It can't be done! My favorite, however, was The Best Sticky Gingerbread Parkin! My friends, you have not tasted a proper gingered bread until you have tasted this! It is was to die for and absolutely perfect for cold winter nights!

There are simply too many recipes to name them all but I can assure you, as someone who owns a Bed and Breakfast, this is a must own cookbook for those who love to bake as well as anyone who loves The Secret Garden!
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I've always appreciated it when an author mentions food in their books especially when it finds its way scattered throughout a read, taking pleasure in imagining not only what the food looks like but how it would taste as well.  The Secret Garden has always been a favored classic for me so I was excited to see what all a cookbook about this magical read would include.  I soon found myself immersed in this delightful cookbook, filled with the foods I've found myself imaging every time I peruse it. The wonderful thing about this compilation of recipes is it gives me the chance to bring those wonderful pleasures to life.  For people who enjoy the written word as well as having a love for cooking/baking this is a definite must read for you.  It brings to life the book that so many enjoy and have fallen in love with but through the language of food.  There were so many recipes that I wanted to try so I picked out a handful of my favorites.  I've heard of Crumpets before but have never actually had one so I new it was a must to try and I can say it turned out well and tasted delicious.  I look forward to making them in the future.   Currant Buns were another this g I was familiar with but had never tried, this recipe is a new favorite for me, I've actually made it several times since reading the book.  You'll soon want to have a tea party of your own so you can bring some wonderful creations to life.  This lovely read not only taught me some new things but kept the original book in my mind throughout.  It definitely added to my experience of The Secret Garden.
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A very sweet (ha) collection of recipes inspired by The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's book about a young orphan who moves from India to Yorkshire. Interesting tidbits about the origin of various recipes, as well as context from the book. I only wish there were more photos (I like a picture with every recipe), but there are some photographs, as well as adorable watercolor embellishments. Would be a fun cookbook for parents and children to work through together, or anyone who enjoys a good English tea.
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I loved this book. I think it’s a great cookbook to have especially after you have actually read The Secret Garden. All the recipes actually sounded pretty good and I liked the little historical tidbits that came with each one.
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4.5 Stars

The Secret Garden Cookbook by Amy Cotler is such a fun companion to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. There are so many unique and interesting recipe ideas that are all connected to the classic children’s story. The book is so much more than a book of recipes, as it contains historical facts, quotes from the story, and beautiful images.

Recipe books that are based off of my all-time favourite childhood stories are quickly becoming some of my most treasured books. The Secret Garden Cookbook is one that really immerses you into the world of Mary and Dickson. There are so many descriptions of food in the novel that this book really pulls the themes and the ideas behind Frances Hodgson Burnett’s writing together.


Cotler has divided the recipe book into sections that fit with the novel and would really make perfect extension activities to a lesson plan for the classroom or at home. Each section includes a bit of history from the era of the story, beautiful illustrations, and a quote from the book that fits with the recipes. The offerings include:

Yorkshire Breakfasts

A Manor Lunch

An English Tea

From the Kitchen Garden

Dickson’s Cottage Food

A Taste of India

Garden Picnics


I was most drawn to the recipes for An English Tea, as Cotler provides instructions for a Proper Pot of tea and Warm Cranberry Scones With Orange Glaze. The instructions were simple and and easy to follow, providing some tasty results. Definitely a book that will inspire some young chefs to create some of the food featured in the story.

If you, or someone you know, is a fan of The Secret Garden, this is one book to add to your collection. It is such a pretty book that is packed full of interesting information and food ideas to accompany the story. It will help make the wait for the new film a little bit easier as well!
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I love The Secret Garden, particularly for its descriptions of food and the range of gardens full of produce, so when I saw this book title I was keen to read it.

This was a charming book full of facts about traditional Yorkshire fare and very short snippets from the original novel amongst wonderful homely recipes to reflect life at the time of writing. 

Split into chapters around different themes such as breakfast, summer picnics and a taste of India, we are taken back to the well known story and the foods that would have been so familiar to the children. Each chapter begins with an explanation of the traditions and available produce during the 19th Century and the recipes are accompanied by photographs of delicious looking food and drink. I can't wait to find the time to give some of these recipes a go!

I received an eARC of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Has a great deal of context and history. I was hoping that it would be a bit longer and the food photography did not seem up to par with other cookbooks I've read. Almost would have preferred the food to be illustrated.
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