Collins buys self-published cookbook

<p>Collins has bought world English rights to a self-published cookbook that has reportedly caught the attention of the US First Lady.</p><p><em>The Secret Ingredient</em> by Sally Bee will be published in March 2010. It will be a repackaging of Bee&rsquo;s self-published cookbook. A second book will follow in spring 2011. Jenny Heller, editorial director of Collins bought the book from agent Clare Hulton for an undisclosed sum.</p><p>After suffering three heart attacks in a week, Bee learnt that she had a congenital heart defect that could kill her. However, she surprised medical experts by her recovery and devised her own healthy eating and exercise regime. The cookbook has reportedly reached the White House, with First Lady Michelle Obama inviting Bee to visit its kitchen garden and cook together next March.</p><p>Heller said: &quot;We are very excited to be working with the truly remarkable Sally Bee. Sally&rsquo;s story is nothing short of a miracle, and her recipes really may just save your life. Sally is soon to be unmissable - she certainly is unstoppable.&quot;</p>