The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook (Downton Abbey Cookery)

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The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook (Downton Abbey Cookery)

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook (Downton Abbey Cookery)

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But I didn't actually take a look at the details in the product description when I bought it. I was anticipating a simple book with some photos of the show and some recipes that may have been mentioned in some of the episodes. I was stunned when this book arrived! I’m a girl reared in southern Philadelphia area in a neighborhood of working class blue collar families so... I’d definitely be in the Downstairs grouping. While the meals/recipes presented for the upper class look good, I found more “comfort food” with the likings of Toad in the Hole or Cauliflower Cheese. Look at this,doesn't it resemble mac and cheese? There's a bit of mental disconnect when you get a forkful. Appealing to Anglophiles, costume and sewing aficionados, and fans of the hit series, The Costumes of Downton Abbey presents—with comprehensive historical detail and beautiful imagery—the design decisions and wardrobe intricacies that shaped the glamour and elegance of the characters of Downton Abbey. The basic reaction, which happens when food is browned, gives much-needed depth of flavor and nuttiness to both the sauce and the cauliflower. If you want the The Meringues were delicious, and the Raspberry Fool that fills them is very easy to make, and very light and tasty.

Just a note, I always like things I can make ahead of time, and most of these recipes had components that could partially be done the day before, or at least earlier in the day, were you to have a dinner party. But aside from the recipes & the ingredients that I scoured as I devoured this book's words & awesome photos, this cookbook provided a richness of info about old English Christmas traditions as well. I love reading about different holiday traditions of all kinds, worldwide, but the food-related stuff is a "biggie" for me. I have "tagged" 21 recipes in this as possibilities for adding to my soon-to-be-cooked or to-be-baked or even a to-be-concocted list in the near, or maybe even farther into the future. I'm not likely to do a complete Old English Christmas any time soon, if ever, but I "starred" (as in "*") a few recipes for earlier creation in our kitchen . For instance, the author cites Dorothy Hartley's Food in England re her mentions of "Epiphany Tart" in relation to its 6-pointed star design with a dozen different jams, although Hartley did not provide a recipe in her writing. I want to try the Downton writer's version of that tart, perhaps for the real Epiphany holiday on January 6th (in honor, actually, of the Italian legend of La Befana!) Well, I did brown the cauliflower and I think that part made a difference. However I needed to add additional milk to make a smooth cheese sauce. FINALLY!!!! I have acquired the Downton Abbey cookbook. After all this time… it was worth it! I love baking and cooking, and I also love Downton Abbey + history. Mix all together and you’ve got the official DA cookbook. Amazing. Lots of interesting facts, recipes, and more. Some other of my "tagged recipes" in THE OFFICIAL DOWNTON ABBEY CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK are Apple and Celery Salad, Roasted Parsnips, a few sauces, Hazelnut Cake with Coffee Icing, Wardley Cake, and Smoking Bishop (I already know what non-alcoholic liquid I can substitute for the bottle of red port in the latter recipe!). If you love to cook and/or you're interested in the history of food, this might be a terrific book for you to get hold of. Not to mention that it's also about some of the delicious dishes you might've seen while watching Downton Abbey!The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook with a foreword by Gareth Neame, Downton Abbey Executive Producer, will be distributed in North America by Simon & Schuster. Doing them all in the same 8-hour period required a little work and planning, since I don’t have a kitchen staff to assist me. I do have my husband and Dachshund…but they’re more help than hindrance ( they mean well). The book is divided into sections: Soups, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Game and Roasts, Meat Pies and Savory Puddings, Sides and Vegetables, Sauces, Savories, Desserts and Sweets, Drinks. The recipes are modernized for modern kitchens but recipe notes explaining the history of some of the recipes and how they would have been prepared. The notes also explain the differences between English and American traditions and tie-in the traditions to the characters. In the chapter titled "Breakfast" we are presented with some traditional dishes such as "Kedgeree" (a dish of fish, rice and eggs), English Muffins(sounds hard to make, but not so much after reading this.), "Deviled Biscuits"(a perfect savory brunch offering), and "Pikelets" (a sort of free form crumpet that could become part of your daily home repertoire). A brief history of this meal begins the chapter and there are asides on the baking of bread in the Grantham household. Additional notes for each recipe gives historical and cultural information.

An inside look at the intricate costuming of the popular PBS series, including character costume choices and the historic fashion trends characteristic of the aristocracy during the Edwardian era. Featuring stunning photographs of dishes and the beloved series, plus notes on customs of the time, quotes from characters, and descriptions of scenes, this unique cookbook provides vivid context for the dishes and brings the show to life. Savor the rich traditions and historic flavors of Downton Abbey for contemporary palettes with Cornish Pasties, Jam and Custard Tarts, and more! Gray has done extensive research on the meals included in the world of Downton Abbey and chosen those suited to a contemporary palate that can be replicated in today’s kitchens.

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This book was very much lovingly crafted and is no small work. The detail about the food being served and how it reflects the class system, time period and traditional foodways of England is riveting. Annie Gray is not merely a food historian, she's also a brilliant food writer who clearly loves food as much as you or I do. Each of the recipes here in this book are crafted specifically to highlight the traditional dish it is based upon. I found everything in this work interesting and something that I would want to cook. As someone who has watched the series myself as a fan, I did not expect that to be the case when I went to read this book. I assumed going in, that I would be dealing with a lot of fussy food gourmet food -over prepared and excessive, I could not have been more wrong. There are tons of pictures. Very easy to follow recipes. Very clear on instructions and ingredients. Accessible to most skill levels, some recipes require a bit more effort than others or a special pan or two. The first official cookbook from the greatly acclaimed Downton Abbey franchise has been announced by Weldon Owen International, with an anticipated launch for Sept. 17. Categories — Cooking/Baking, TV/Pop Culture, Historical - British, Edwardian/Victorian, Visually Driven, Educational Book Review — “The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook” by Dr. Annie Gray (2019) published by @weldonowen

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