The Secret Ingredient: Family Cookbook

Healthy Meals for all the family

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000742017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007420179
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 
    16 customer reviews

At the time of writing this book, Sally is hurtling towards an anniversary that she has mixed feelings about. At the age of 36 Sally had three heart attacks in a week. This summer it will be nine years since Sally died. And nine years since she came back to life. Sally is a living miracle and it is her diet that keeps her fighting and strong.

She knows better than anyone how to incorporate healthy eating into your daily life. In her bestselling debut The Secret Ingredient she shared clean and healthy versions of the classic dishes we all love.

​Now she shows you how to create affordable and simple healthy recipes all the family will adore.


By Lincs Reader:

​“As well as having an enormous TBR (to be read) pile of fiction, I am also a cookery book collector, and have amassed a large collection of fairly eclectic books. From celebrity chefs to bloggers, from India to Greece and from soups to roasts – I have a book for every occasion.

Over the past year or so, as age creeps up and so does my weight; I’ve been on the look out more and more for recipes that concentrate not just on taste, but on healthy eating too.

I’ve been really impressed by The Secret Ingredient Family Cookbook. Sally Bee’s story is a frightening one; she was only 36 years old when she suffered three hearts attacks in one weeks. I’m ten years older than Sally and that’s a worrying thought. It’s time to have a rethink about exactly what I cook on a day to day basis. I’ve always been a little worried that low-fat equals low-taste and the thought of brown rice makes me run to the biscuit tin, but I realise that you really are what you eat. There is no way that I could give up my treats, and I do love to cook, but the high-fat and high-sugar ingredients are going to be relegated as treats in the future, and I believe that I will enjoy them much more.

I made Sally’s recipe for Moussaka at the weekend, and it’s delicious. Full of flavour and I actually like her take on the sauce topping much more than the original version.

The book is bright and colourful and very well laid out. The recipes are in sections and the ingredients are easy to find in most supermarkets.Each recipe is easy to follow, with step by step instructions and great illustrations.I will certainly be trying out more of the dishes in this book and intend to check out her earlier publications too.”