Food, history and culture combine in this carefully researched book. Legions of Downton fans will relish recipes for wobbly jellies and glossy veal and ham pies, but there is much to learn about the social role of food in the Edwardian era, and Annie Gray dispenses copious amounts of delicious wisdom. The recipes are timeless; the book is a new classic.
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.