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The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook [9781781319574]

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The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery of the Crawley household - from upstairs dinner party centrepieces 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 warm 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 colour photographs, many taken on the set of Downton Abbey and using the original glassware and china, The Downton Abbey Cookbook also includes a special section on hosting Downton-themed dinner parties, and includes 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 rich context for the dishes.

The recipes are grouped by occasion, which include breakfast; luncheons and suppers; afternoon tea and garden parties; picnics, shoots and racemeets; festivities; upstairs dinner; desserts and canapes; downstairs dinner; downstairs supper and tea; and the still room.

From the upstairs dinner menu:

  • Caviar Croutes
  • Chicken Vol-au-Vents
  • Cucumber Soup
  • Trout in Port-Wine Sauce
  • Quail and Watercress
  • Champagne Jelly

From the downstairs dinner menu:

  • Toad-in-the-Hole
  • Beef Stew with Dumplings
  • Steamed Treacle Pudding
  • Jam and Custard Tarts
  • Gingerbread Cake

With these and more historic recipes, savour the rich traditions and flavours of Downton Abbey without end.

AUTHOR: Annie Gray is an historian, cook, writer and broadcaster specialising in the history of food and dining. Annie frequently appears on television and radio, including The Great British Bake Off, Heston's Great British Food and BBC Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet. In 2017 Annie published her first book, The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria.

Gareth Neame is Executive Chairman of Carnival Films and, alongside Julian Fellowes, responsible for the global TV phenomenon Downton Abbey

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  • 5
    Downton Abbey Cookbook

    Posted by Linda on 31st Jul 2021

    Good quality paper - important to me. Lovely book great 'receipts' to try lovely photos - arrived quickly

  • 4
    Looks yummy

    Posted by Sue W on 3rd Apr 2021

    Well laid out recipes look easy to follow but as this is a gift will not be trying any. I like the historical facts

  • 5
    Beautiful, brilliant and Very Interesting

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Feb 2021

    My husband loves cooking, history and the Downton Abbey TV series so this book is perfect. The research, history and how all the recipes link in with the show is so interesting. We can't wait to host a Downton Abbey night!

  • 4
    The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook by Annie Gray

    Posted by Pam on 7th Aug 2020

    This was bought as a birthday gift for a friend and to the best of my knowledge she loved it!

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