The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

October 19, 2019 - Comment

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household—from upstairs dinner party centerpieces to downstairs puddings and pies—and bring an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans. Whether adapted from original recipes of the period, replicated as seen or alluded to on

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household—from upstairs dinner party centerpieces to downstairs puddings and pies—and bring an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans. 

Whether adapted from original recipes of the period, replicated as seen or alluded to on screen, or typical of the time, all the recipes reflect the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables. Food historian Annie Gray gives a rich and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set —a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development.

With a foreword by Gareth Neame, executive producer and co-creator of Downton Abbey, and featuring over 100 stunning color photographs, The Downton Abbey Cookbook also includes a special section on hosting Downton-themed dinner parties and presents stills from across the TV series as well as the latest film. Notes on the etiquette and customs of the times, quotes from the characters, and descriptions of the scenes in which the foods appear provide vivid context for the dishes.

The recipes are grouped by occasion, which include breakfast; luncheons and suppers; afternoon tea and garden parties; picnics, shoots and race meets; festivities; upstairs dinner; downstairs dinner; downstairs supper and tea; and the still room.
 
From the upstairs menu:
Cornish Pasties Sausage Rolls Oysters au Gratin Chicken Vol-au-Vents Cucumber Soup Soul a la Florentine Salmon Mousse Quail and Watercress Charlotte Russe
From the downstairs menu:
Toad-in-the-Hole Beef Stew with Dumplings Steak and Kidney Pie Cauliflower Cheese Rice Pudding Jam and Custard Tarts Gingerbread Cake Summer Pudding
With these and more historic recipes—compelling to a contemporary palate and easy to replicate in today’s kitchens—savor the rich traditions and flavors of Downton Abbey without end.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Great book subpar packaging and delivery Very excited to receive the book and the quality of the content is great. However, the book was delivered in standard shipping packaging and a corner or the book was ripped/bent. The other corners of the book were damaged and ultimately has tainted my initial excitement. Will be returning. Please evaluate your packaging and shipping

Anonymous says:

Not just another cookbook!! A must have companion for any Downton fan!You will not be disappointed in this big, hard cover volume. Beautiful photographs blend in with recipes from upstairs and downstairs.Also included is in depth information about how political, social, economic etc changes affected the characters on the show, how they ate, as well as their class in general.This is all written very well in a highly enjoyable fashion, you will not feel like you are reading dry history…

Anonymous says:

Love Love Love I love this book!!! I’ve already made the sausage rolls, and can’t wait to make more recipes. It definitely is a must have for any baker or cook that loves Downton Abbey. It’s fun to also read some of the history and insights into why certain recipes would fit perfectly into the Crawley household.

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