The Secret Garden is truly a childhood classic. It is a great read aloud for an adult and child. Now, Secret Garden lovers can expand and enhance their experience with the book through this cookbook.
Following an introduction the cookbook is divided into seven sections; these are Yorkshire Breakfasts, A Manor Lunch, An English Tea, From the Kitchen Garden, Dickon’s Cottage Food, A Taste of India and finally, Garden Picnics. The introduction includes information on the reign of Queen Victoria, ruler at the time that the book is set, and the kinds of food that were available to different social classes at that time.
The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, starting with a statue of Mary and Dickon that is in Central Park in New York City and appealing drawings. There are also many quotes from the book. There are additional interesting facts throughout as well.
Each of the sections begins with an introduction that gives context to the recipes. Some of these are Savory Muffins Spiked with Cheddar Cheese, Roast Chicken with Bread Sauce, Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce, A Proper Pot of Tea, Lemon Curd Tartlets, Spring Peas with Fresh Mint, Pease Pudding, Cottage Loaf with a Topknot, Sooji with Fresh Fruit and English Crumpets. It is very tempting to list each recipe as they all look so good, but this is just a sample.
The recipes come with clear and easy to follow directions. Some have as few as three steps so cooks can choose the recipes that they feel most ready to tackle.
All in all, this is a lovely and appealing book. I recommend it highly!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this read in exchange for an honest review.
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