This engaging and historically accurate cookbook presents more than 100 recipes that showcase the intrinsic role of food in the Crawley household and narrative—and bring this exciting gastronomic time to modern kitchens and Downton fans.
The period between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set, was a tumultuous one and marked by numerous significant historical events and huge technological advances. Culuturally it was a time of jazz, art deco, and evolving Victorian values. The recipes included here reflect all the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables, upstairs and down. They are adapted from original recipes published or written down between 1875 and 1930 and have all been chosen to be easily made in a modern kitchen. Some are as seen on screen, some are alluded to, and others are typical of the time. They would all be at home in a stately dining room, with candles and gold and tightly corseted female figures. But more important, they would be at home as part of a twenty-first-century meal as well. These are historic recipes, and they are Downton recipes, but they are also delicious modern recipes. This beautiful collection features stills from the series as well as food and drink photographed on the Downton Abbey set.