FANS of classic literature will be rejoicing at the fact that a remake of the book The Secret Garden is out in cinemas on April 16.
The film (which stars Julie Walters as head housekeeper) tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a prickly and unloved 10-year-old born in India to wealthy British parents.
When they suddenly die she is sent to England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors.
There she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after meeting her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), who has been shut away in a wing of the house. Together, the two children heal each other through their discovery of a wondrous secret garden in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor.
Now as well as seeing the movie, you can experience the magic and enchantment of The Secret Garden in your own kitchen thanks to The Secret Garden Cookbook.
Celebrating the delicious and comforting foods that play such an important role in the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, this book by Amy Cotler serves up 50 recipes.
Updated for the modern kitchen, they are true to young heroine Mary's world and definitely appealing for today's tastes.
You'll find a bounty of delicious baked things, including English crumpets, jam roly poly, dough cakes with cinnamon and sugar, and the best sticky gingerbread parkin.
There are also recipes for teatime and dinnertime, breakfast and brunch, plus drinks and snacks.
The Secret Garden Cookbook, by Amy Cotler (Murdoch Books), RRP $24.99.
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