From time to time we like to bring something completely new, and today is one of these days. We believe that it is time to bring you The Official Downtown Abbey Cookbook review.
The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook has over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household. Whether adapted from original recipes of the period, replicated as seen, all the recipes reflect the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables. From upstairs dinner party centerpieces to downstairs puddings and pies, this cookbook brings an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchen and Downton fans.
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. 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.
The recipes are grouped by occasion, which includes 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. 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.
In true Downton style, the book is separated into Upstairs and Downstairs sections. The former collects entrees and appetizers worthy of assorted Earls and Countesses and the latter reflects the servants’ less-fussy everyday fare.
The cookbook includes color photographs of the cast lifted from actual scenes as well as images of impeccable china, antique silverware and large buffets brimming with gravity-defying cakes. Unfortunately, less than half the recipes have accompanying images, which we believe the only negative point in this book.
Downton Abbey Cookbook brings to the public authentic recipes from the Crawley household, and from the 20s. If you are a fan of the TV Show, you will feel like Daisy and Mrs. Patmore are in your kitchen as you make your way through this book. But this a book is not only for the fans of Downton Abbey but also for those who want to know a little bit more about the cuisine of the 20s.
As you flip through the pages of The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook, you can almost hear Mrs. Patmore and Daisy in the bustling kitchen of the country estate, scrambling to prepare yet another show-stopping meal for the Crawley family.