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Nibble on Sybil's Ginger Nut Biscuits during tea. Treat yourself to Ethel's Beloved Crepes Suzette. Feast on Mr. Bates' Chicken and Mushroom Pie with a room full of guests. With this collection of delicacies inspired by Emmy Award?winning series Downton Abbey, you'll feel as sophisticated and poised as the men and women of Downton when you prepare these upstairs and downst Nibble on Sybil's Ginger Nut Biscuits during tea. Treat yourself to Ethel's Beloved Crepes Suzette. Feast on Mr. Bates' Chicken and Mushroom Pie with a room full of guests. With this collection of delicacies inspired by Emmy Award?winning series Downton Abbey, you'll feel as sophisticated and poised as the men and women of Downton when you prepare these upstairs and downstairs favorites. Each dish finds its roots within the kitchen of the grand estate, including: - Mrs. Isobel Crawley's Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches - Filet Mignon with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce - Walnut and Celery Salad with Pecorino - Decadent Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Icing - Very Vanilla Rice Pudding You will love indulging in the splendors of another era with the snacks, entrees, and desserts from this masterpiece of a cookbook.


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Nibble on Sybil's Ginger Nut Biscuits during tea. Treat yourself to Ethel's Beloved Crepes Suzette. Feast on Mr. Bates' Chicken and Mushroom Pie with a room full of guests. With this collection of delicacies inspired by Emmy Award?winning series Downton Abbey, you'll feel as sophisticated and poised as the men and women of Downton when you prepare these upstairs and downst Nibble on Sybil's Ginger Nut Biscuits during tea. Treat yourself to Ethel's Beloved Crepes Suzette. Feast on Mr. Bates' Chicken and Mushroom Pie with a room full of guests. With this collection of delicacies inspired by Emmy Award?winning series Downton Abbey, you'll feel as sophisticated and poised as the men and women of Downton when you prepare these upstairs and downstairs favorites. Each dish finds its roots within the kitchen of the grand estate, including: - Mrs. Isobel Crawley's Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches - Filet Mignon with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce - Walnut and Celery Salad with Pecorino - Decadent Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Icing - Very Vanilla Rice Pudding You will love indulging in the splendors of another era with the snacks, entrees, and desserts from this masterpiece of a cookbook.

30 review for The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    May

    While I don't expect to find Downton Abbey trivia or production stills from the series in this book, I do expect to find at least several PICTURES of recipes from a cookbook. While these recipes look inviting and quite simple in some cases, the lack of photos makes this a very dull looking cookbook. Apparently all you need to do is take some classic British recipes and add a Downton Abbey character to it's title so fans of the show will buy this cookbook with hopes of finding more but will ended While I don't expect to find Downton Abbey trivia or production stills from the series in this book, I do expect to find at least several PICTURES of recipes from a cookbook. While these recipes look inviting and quite simple in some cases, the lack of photos makes this a very dull looking cookbook. Apparently all you need to do is take some classic British recipes and add a Downton Abbey character to it's title so fans of the show will buy this cookbook with hopes of finding more but will ended up feeling disappointed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    There were numerous things I hated about the book, and a few that I like. I enjoyed the little snippets of etiquette lessons as well as the history lessons on each page, but I was not enchanted by many of the recipes. I probably only bookmarked about 30 out of the 150 there were. I also love reading cookbooks and looking at the pictures, which there are none, which I find a bit of a rip off. There a lot of typos, which I'm sorry if it's snobbish, I expect a book to have perfect grammar if it's b There were numerous things I hated about the book, and a few that I like. I enjoyed the little snippets of etiquette lessons as well as the history lessons on each page, but I was not enchanted by many of the recipes. I probably only bookmarked about 30 out of the 150 there were. I also love reading cookbooks and looking at the pictures, which there are none, which I find a bit of a rip off. There a lot of typos, which I'm sorry if it's snobbish, I expect a book to have perfect grammar if it's been published. The one thing that I cannot forgive in the least book is that the author used the same recipe of beef stew in the Downton Abbey cookbook as her other published cookbook, The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook. This just totally shows to me that she put little effort into these recipes and doesn't care about the storyline of either story. There is no way I can picture the upperclass of Downton Abbey eating the same beef stew as an underground futuristic city would at all. I felt extremely disrespected by that. I am glad I only rented it and didn't buy it, because I just feel that money is not deserved if you just throw any recipes you feel like into a cookbook instead of thinking about how they really would be played out in the books/show.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book contained some interesting recipes, and I don't doubt that they would be most delicious. The main reason that I rated the book so low was because it is very loosely related to Downton Abbey. The only things that connect the two are (some) period appropriate recipes, and others that are named after characters from the program. It seemed to me like the author was just trying to cash in on the success of Downton. This book contained some interesting recipes, and I don't doubt that they would be most delicious. The main reason that I rated the book so low was because it is very loosely related to Downton Abbey. The only things that connect the two are (some) period appropriate recipes, and others that are named after characters from the program. It seemed to me like the author was just trying to cash in on the success of Downton.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky R.

    Set up in a pretty classic fashion, this cookbook is minus the glossy pictures we expect today. In the post-Edwardian era, the cooking was an interestingly sauced bunch of meats and "veg," with puddings and pastries for dessert and tea. The contents of the book are separated into two parts: Part 1, "Dining With the Crawleys"; and Part 2, "Sustenance for the Staff". From there, the book is separated into twelve chapters--eight for the Crawleys and three for the staff. One of the things that I foun Set up in a pretty classic fashion, this cookbook is minus the glossy pictures we expect today. In the post-Edwardian era, the cooking was an interestingly sauced bunch of meats and "veg," with puddings and pastries for dessert and tea. The contents of the book are separated into two parts: Part 1, "Dining With the Crawleys"; and Part 2, "Sustenance for the Staff". From there, the book is separated into twelve chapters--eight for the Crawleys and three for the staff. One of the things that I found nice about this cookbook is that it breaks its chapters into the courses in the meal that you might have with the Crawleys (yes, I picture being there). We open with Hors d'Oeuvres, soup and fish. Then it moves to entrees, meat course, game and salads, vegetables, and then desserts. You'll find plenty of things like oysters, ducks, and roasts galore, with fancy wine and mushroom sauces. The desserts are also somewhat familiar, with chocolate mousses, cakes, and eclairs, but also contains an Apple Charlotte and Bakewell Tart recipe to remind us of another era. Tea Time wraps up the Crawleys' section, with delightful scones, curds, and finger sandwiches that seem fairly simple and straightforward to make. The staff doesn't seem to eat that poorly, but maybe a bit less sauced. Their food feels a bit more like standard "Toad in a Hole," "Bangers and Mash," and "Bubble and Squeak". As Americans, if you're not an Anglophile, these terms might make the food sound creepy and a bit frightening, but really it's just basic things like sausages and potatoes. I really enjoyed the range of recipes in this cookbook and the whimsy of tying it to Downton Abbey and our favorite characters. Honestly, this is more of a classic British food cookbook, but adds that nostalgic look at a time and show we have all been captivated by. I've thoroughly enjoyed it and plan on trying out some of the soups in particular. Now, can we get back to the show at some point!?! I'll be keeping my eye out for these glorious foods the next time the Crawleys or staff have a bit of a sit down.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Young

    I read cookbooks the way some women read romance novels -- to have a pleasant fantasy about things I cannot actually imagine DOING. This is a just-barely-not-shameless attempt to cash in on the popularity of Downton Abbey by collecting authentic (? -- I assume but I don't know) Edwardian recipes, sorting them into two sections for the family and the servants, and then dividing the larger family section into the courses of the "service a la Russe" popular at the time of the series. Each recipe is I read cookbooks the way some women read romance novels -- to have a pleasant fantasy about things I cannot actually imagine DOING. This is a just-barely-not-shameless attempt to cash in on the popularity of Downton Abbey by collecting authentic (? -- I assume but I don't know) Edwardian recipes, sorting them into two sections for the family and the servants, and then dividing the larger family section into the courses of the "service a la Russe" popular at the time of the series. Each recipe is bracketed by an introductory paragraph describing the recipe and linking it to Downtown characters, and a brief paragraph afterward giving customs, etiquette, or holiday trivia about the recipe or the time period and culture generally. The introductory paragraphs involve quite a stretch to make a connection sometimes, and I found them as annoying as interesting. The concluding paragraphs are more interesting, but the author gives no citations (other than a general reading list at the back). I realize only an academic nutbar would want proper citations in an unofficial tie-in cookbook. I own it. But really, don't you want to know WHAT ingredient or process related to the production of marmite would be limited by war times so as to result in the invention of Vegemite? Borrow from your library as I did, but don't waste your money unless you're fond of fiddling with complex recipes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sallee

    Found this book delightful and the recipes unusual to our current times. There were several that I will try as they are simple to make. The recipes are for both "upstairs" and "downstairs". It was fun to read all the accompanying information on the etiquette of those times and the rules that insured that a stately home ran smoothly. Found this book delightful and the recipes unusual to our current times. There were several that I will try as they are simple to make. The recipes are for both "upstairs" and "downstairs". It was fun to read all the accompanying information on the etiquette of those times and the rules that insured that a stately home ran smoothly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    This might have been a two star but for the mention of Mr. Mason under Yorkshire Pudding! As a Mr. Mason super fan(Facebook and Twitter)....I overjoyed he received a mention. The recipes are too difficult for this simple "farmer". This might have been a two star but for the mention of Mr. Mason under Yorkshire Pudding! As a Mr. Mason super fan(Facebook and Twitter)....I overjoyed he received a mention. The recipes are too difficult for this simple "farmer".

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne Twiss

    I actually tried three recipes from this book and they turned out very nicely. The treacle tart was especially good and was a hit at my English themed book club get-together. The cucumber sandwiches were ok, the flaw in the directions was they didn’t say where to put the finely chopped cukes, and I just mixed them in with the cream cheese and mayo. The Cornish Pasties I made were very good with a leftover beef roast and spuds. My crust was all butter, no lard, a wise choice I believe. I ignored I actually tried three recipes from this book and they turned out very nicely. The treacle tart was especially good and was a hit at my English themed book club get-together. The cucumber sandwiches were ok, the flaw in the directions was they didn’t say where to put the finely chopped cukes, and I just mixed them in with the cream cheese and mayo. The Cornish Pasties I made were very good with a leftover beef roast and spuds. My crust was all butter, no lard, a wise choice I believe. I ignored the cheesy Downton tidbits in the text and gleaned a couple of good dishes to share with friends.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I have wanted to see Downton Abbey for a long time. I plan on binge watching it soon though. Until then, I picked up this book for a peek at the foods served in the series. There were some interesting items in here - some I would eat, some I would not, but then that's true of any cookbook. I mostly enjoyed the tidbits about the program included with some of the recipes. I think I will enjoy it more after I get to see the series. I have wanted to see Downton Abbey for a long time. I plan on binge watching it soon though. Until then, I picked up this book for a peek at the foods served in the series. There were some interesting items in here - some I would eat, some I would not, but then that's true of any cookbook. I mostly enjoyed the tidbits about the program included with some of the recipes. I think I will enjoy it more after I get to see the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Three stars for the recipes but my, how odd this book is. There are so many exclamation marks! And weird insistent ties to episodes! Although, I could swear some of the ties are to Upstairs Downstairs (although the series so often lifts plots from UD it's tough to say.) Some of the historical notes are interesting and others are...wrong. Editor missing, I think, because weird statements about Escoffier being the most famed chef of the 21st century are more typos than inaccuracies, but there are Three stars for the recipes but my, how odd this book is. There are so many exclamation marks! And weird insistent ties to episodes! Although, I could swear some of the ties are to Upstairs Downstairs (although the series so often lifts plots from UD it's tough to say.) Some of the historical notes are interesting and others are...wrong. Editor missing, I think, because weird statements about Escoffier being the most famed chef of the 21st century are more typos than inaccuracies, but there are enough of them to make me not trust the book. Mention is made that it might be tough to find custard powder in the US but not that it might be tough to find turtle. Really. Any recipe that is "spicy!" Is compared to Lady Mary's temper! Anyplace twee-ness can creep in it is there in abundance. However, the recipes seem solid and not too repetitious and if you avoid the Nancy Drew Cookbookesque (another fine cookbook, despite its silly tie-in-ness) titles, worth a try. Very nice Christmas gift, thanks Nat! Edited to add: as many posters have mentioned, some of the recipes are missing steps or info. Knocked the rating down a star.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hartzler

    First, I won this from Goodread's First Reads. This book is a great time period cookbook. It gives the reader some insight into a time long passed. It shows the disparity of upstairs and downstairs meals. I would have liked to see photos of the finished products, as it is marketed as a cookbook. I do like that the author modernized the dishes to meet with today's availability of food. This book however really has nothing to do with Downton Abby. The characters names were used more as a tool to d First, I won this from Goodread's First Reads. This book is a great time period cookbook. It gives the reader some insight into a time long passed. It shows the disparity of upstairs and downstairs meals. I would have liked to see photos of the finished products, as it is marketed as a cookbook. I do like that the author modernized the dishes to meet with today's availability of food. This book however really has nothing to do with Downton Abby. The characters names were used more as a tool to distinguish between the upper class menus and that of the lower class. It should be called The cookbook of the Downton Abby time period.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Wiggins

    It's okay but mostly just a compiliation of English/Irish/Scottish recipes. No connection whatsoever to the program. It's okay but mostly just a compiliation of English/Irish/Scottish recipes. No connection whatsoever to the program.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    While I enjoy cooking and reading recipes that are outside of my norm. These recipes contained things I was unable to find at my local grocery store. How many stores do you know have duck in the meat section. There were no images of the recipes so I was unsure of how they would look afterwards which helps me decide on what meals to make and helps my boyfriend accept new foods lol. I expected a little more from this cookbook and was a little disappointed, but I will try some of the recipes that I While I enjoy cooking and reading recipes that are outside of my norm. These recipes contained things I was unable to find at my local grocery store. How many stores do you know have duck in the meat section. There were no images of the recipes so I was unsure of how they would look afterwards which helps me decide on what meals to make and helps my boyfriend accept new foods lol. I expected a little more from this cookbook and was a little disappointed, but I will try some of the recipes that I am able to find all the ingredients for.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tanja

    This cookbook is kept very simple without any pictures. The majority didn't sound appealing and in some cases outright gross such as the Mock Turtle Soup that calls for 1 calf's head. There are many classic recipes such as Meatless Mince Pie, Colcannon, Bubble and Squeak, Yorkshire Pudding or Black Pudding which are also the kind of dishes that would have been served in the servants quarters and would be my choice of dishes rather than most of the main courses for the aristocratic families. This cookbook is kept very simple without any pictures. The majority didn't sound appealing and in some cases outright gross such as the Mock Turtle Soup that calls for 1 calf's head. There are many classic recipes such as Meatless Mince Pie, Colcannon, Bubble and Squeak, Yorkshire Pudding or Black Pudding which are also the kind of dishes that would have been served in the servants quarters and would be my choice of dishes rather than most of the main courses for the aristocratic families.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Urvi Shah

    An interesting book that showcases the foods that were made at Downton Abbey. It’s obviously more meat-based with traditional English dishes, especially from that era, but it also has a few interesting vegetarian dishes that I could see myself trying. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll find the blurbs about the dishes and preps interesting as it is based entirely on what all characters in the show ate during various meals.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    Firstly, I LOVE Downton Abbey. It is not anything against the recipes except that I can't fathom eating some of the things they used to back then (my taste is so different). So I didn't find that I would actually be cooking but one or two things. For the novelty of it - it is great. Or, if you are adventuresome or enjoy that style of food that it is right up your alley. Firstly, I LOVE Downton Abbey. It is not anything against the recipes except that I can't fathom eating some of the things they used to back then (my taste is so different). So I didn't find that I would actually be cooking but one or two things. For the novelty of it - it is great. Or, if you are adventuresome or enjoy that style of food that it is right up your alley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    It was fun to see what one of my favorite tv shows might possibly make during that time period. I'm not so sure I would actually try most of the recipes. It was fun to see what one of my favorite tv shows might possibly make during that time period. I'm not so sure I would actually try most of the recipes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    The recipes are absurd. This book is a novelty but I won't cook anything out of it. The recipes are absurd. This book is a novelty but I won't cook anything out of it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rene M. Lafayette

    I enjoyed reading this cookbook for several reasons. From a technical point it was straight forward and the recipes were not terribly complicated. Historically, I enjoyed the insight into the late Victorian/Edwardian periods. The footnotes were well considered as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandra - ReadsbytheSea

    I loved the recipes but I don’t think they’re are very practical for my lifestyle. If you were having a theme party and wanted to make these on special occasion though, this is the book! Love downtown! 😍

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barry Huddleston

    I love the show Downton Abbey. When I first picked up this book, I expected it to be a collection of recipes of the show’s era. The cookbook, I believed, would be for little more than entertainment value. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the recipes were updated for modern ingredients, modern techniques, and modern palates. I think the book will be something that steampunks, Neo-Victorians, and Downton Abbey fans can embrace. The book is broken into two sections with the first eight chapter I love the show Downton Abbey. When I first picked up this book, I expected it to be a collection of recipes of the show’s era. The cookbook, I believed, would be for little more than entertainment value. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the recipes were updated for modern ingredients, modern techniques, and modern palates. I think the book will be something that steampunks, Neo-Victorians, and Downton Abbey fans can embrace. The book is broken into two sections with the first eight chapters belonging to the “DINING WITH THE CRAWLEYS” section: HORS D’OEUVRES VARIÉS FIRST AND SECOND COURSES: SOUPS AND FISH THIRD COURSE: ELEGANT ENTRÉES FOURTH AND FIFTH COURSES: JUICY JOINTS AND SUCCULENT STEAKS SIXTH COURSE: RESPLENDENT ROASTS,GORGEOUS GAME, AND ACCOMPANYING SALADS SEVENTH COURSE: THE NECESSARY VEGETABLE THE FINISHING TOUCH: SWEETS AND DESSERTS The wannabe foodie in me couldn’t help but drool while reading recipes like “Lobster Thermidor” and “Lobster with Mornay Sauce”, but the realist in me knows that “Part 2 SUSTENANCE FOR THE STAFF” would most likely be the things found on my table. HEARTY BREAKFASTS TO START THE WORKDAY A QUICK LUNCH BETWEEN BUSINESS DOWNSTAIRS SUPPER DESSERTS FOR THE SERVANTS’ SWEETTOOTH The font used gave a sort of charm of the era and the brief anecdotes were excellent.”Most teas offered by the ladies of Downton Abbey are cream teas, and thus Mrs. Patmore would be quite skilled at making — and storing — clotted cream.” On the downside, the book would have benefited from some pictures and art. Not only would pictures give the readers an idea of what the finished product should look like, but the settings would be beautiful. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I give it 4 stars out of 5.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzie the Foodie

    I made the Creamless Steak au Poivre and it was delicious but the Hollandaise Sauce was so salty, it was almost inedible and the Spinach and Feta Salad with Fresh Beetroot was horrid. Feta and beets do not go together. Goat cheese, however, would have been fine. This cookbook is not consistent. I want to believe in it. I want to feel that it is accurate to the time period but frozen orange concentrate? If the flavours had worked I could forgive it but after this crappy salad, I was done. I could I made the Creamless Steak au Poivre and it was delicious but the Hollandaise Sauce was so salty, it was almost inedible and the Spinach and Feta Salad with Fresh Beetroot was horrid. Feta and beets do not go together. Goat cheese, however, would have been fine. This cookbook is not consistent. I want to believe in it. I want to feel that it is accurate to the time period but frozen orange concentrate? If the flavours had worked I could forgive it but after this crappy salad, I was done. I could not put more money, time and effort into The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. The cookbook is $16.99 U.S. and $18.99 Canadian according to the back of the book. It is a trade paper paperback book with no photographs. I love unusual cookbooks that you have to bring your creative spirit, as long as there is some sort of payoff. Sadly, the witty introductions to the recipes are just not enough to lure me into the world of the Crawley's kitchen. My experience just did not convince me that I should go out and pick up lobsters for the Lobster Thermidor or make the Filet Mignon with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce which is a shame because I wanted to. I wanted to believe in this cookbook enough to go out and invest in the ingredients and make these dream-come-true recipes. There is an entertainment factor with this book that I thoroughly enjoyed but I just could not believe in the food.

  23. 5 out of 5

    dsneaks

    I received The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines for free through Good Reads First Reads giveaways. This cookbook is GREAT, I made some of the recipes for a few people and they loved them and kept asking me to make more. I have had many people asked to borrow the book for the recipes and run out and buy copies of their own. These are just based upon the recipes and many of them are not fans of Downton Abbey. Personally as a fan of the show I loved the recipes and the other I received The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines for free through Good Reads First Reads giveaways. This cookbook is GREAT, I made some of the recipes for a few people and they loved them and kept asking me to make more. I have had many people asked to borrow the book for the recipes and run out and buy copies of their own. These are just based upon the recipes and many of them are not fans of Downton Abbey. Personally as a fan of the show I loved the recipes and the other content of the book as well. I enjoyed the Etiquette lessons and the excerpts about the show and where these recipes fit within the show. The content of the book besides the recipes put the recipes in the context of the show as well as the era. The ability of looking at the recipes and having a different set for the servants and the non servants is amazing because you can really see the difference between the food. How the servants would get the food that would fill them up fast for a day of work and the non servants eat more decadent foods. I suggest picking this book up for the recipes themselves and it is a great stand alone cookbook but if your a fan of the show the other content in this cookbook is great its not too much but its enough to put the recipe in context with the era and the show. Any more and I believe it would be a little too much to have in a cookbook.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    Filled with over 150 recipes from both downstairs and upstairs this book will be a favorite among Downton Abbey fans. The book begins with a little bit of history about the differences between recipes upstairs and downstairs. It is then divided into the different courses that would have been served at a typical Downton meal. This is followed by recipes for tea time and then the downstairs meals that would have been served at various times. I'll be perfectly honest - I will probably never use the Filled with over 150 recipes from both downstairs and upstairs this book will be a favorite among Downton Abbey fans. The book begins with a little bit of history about the differences between recipes upstairs and downstairs. It is then divided into the different courses that would have been served at a typical Downton meal. This is followed by recipes for tea time and then the downstairs meals that would have been served at various times. I'll be perfectly honest - I will probably never use the recipes in this book. But the history that is on each page was extremely fascinating. Any fan of history will enjoy the comments at the beginning of each recipe that explains when and where this recipe would have been used. Two little sections called Times Gone By and Etiquette Lessons are on almost every page and are full of insight into not only the show, but also into history itself. I might not be a fan of cooking, but I really enjoyed reading each recipe and learning so much about the meals from that time period. I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Terri Lynn

    I love Downton Abbey! This is the 2012 edition of the book. There are quite a few pretentious recipes for disgusting food. The good stuff doesn't begin until chapter 7 where we find the sweets and desserts. Oh my, there are Dark Desires Chocolate Cake, Creamy Chocolate Mousse, The Dowager Countess' Dark Chocolate Truffles, Sir Anthony's Apple Charlotte, Fancy French Meringues, Mrs. Patmore's Extravagant Parisian Eclairs, English Trifle,Raspberry Meringue Pie, Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding With Sa I love Downton Abbey! This is the 2012 edition of the book. There are quite a few pretentious recipes for disgusting food. The good stuff doesn't begin until chapter 7 where we find the sweets and desserts. Oh my, there are Dark Desires Chocolate Cake, Creamy Chocolate Mousse, The Dowager Countess' Dark Chocolate Truffles, Sir Anthony's Apple Charlotte, Fancy French Meringues, Mrs. Patmore's Extravagant Parisian Eclairs, English Trifle,Raspberry Meringue Pie, Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel Sauce, Mrs. Patmore's Christmas Pudding, Upstairs Downstairs Christmas Plum Pudding, Buche de Noel, Festive Fruitcake, and Upper Class Fruit Salad and more. Chapter 8 is delicious too with Sweet Cream Scones, Mixed Berry Scones, Clotted Cream, Mrs. Patmore's Madeira Pound Cake, O'Brien's Crumpets, Sweet Brown Sugar Shortbread, Classic Custard Creams, Dainty Petit Fours with Buttercream fondant, Sweet Lemon Curd, Anna Bates'Chocolate Crumpets, and Tea Time Chocolate Covered Strawberries. While much of the cookbook is useless to me, those two chapters alone made the book worth reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Gillespie

    As a fan of the PBS series Downton Abbey, I really and truly wanted to love The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. After all, quite a lot of the series takes place in the dining room or during tea, and I love to read about different culinary traditions. However, the book seemed a little slapped together, didn’t have a lot to do with the show, and had some painfully contrived recipe intros that left me a little disappointed. It was interesting to learn a bit about the way food was served (and I do As a fan of the PBS series Downton Abbey, I really and truly wanted to love The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. After all, quite a lot of the series takes place in the dining room or during tea, and I love to read about different culinary traditions. However, the book seemed a little slapped together, didn’t have a lot to do with the show, and had some painfully contrived recipe intros that left me a little disappointed. It was interesting to learn a bit about the way food was served (and I do mean a little bit, I was hoping for more about the hows and whys of service) and how the courses were set up. The book includes recipes from each commonly served course, none of which jumped out at me as being particularly out of the ordinary or inspiring. I mean, scones are inspiring, but I wasn’t inspired to make the scones from the book more than any other. That may have been due to the surprising lack of pictures. {Read my full review here}

  27. 5 out of 5

    librarian4Him02

    The book contains recipes for food likely eaten by the upper and serving classes of folks in the time period in which Downton Abbey is set. Interspersed are trivia about the time period and etiquette of the day. I enjoyed the ride of these recipes, but doubt I will actually cook any of them. I don't cook fancy dinners that often and many of the recipes called for ingredients that I either wouldn't have around the house (wine, brandy, special spices) or seem impossible to come by (turtle meat, cal The book contains recipes for food likely eaten by the upper and serving classes of folks in the time period in which Downton Abbey is set. Interspersed are trivia about the time period and etiquette of the day. I enjoyed the ride of these recipes, but doubt I will actually cook any of them. I don't cook fancy dinners that often and many of the recipes called for ingredients that I either wouldn't have around the house (wine, brandy, special spices) or seem impossible to come by (turtle meat, calf's head, etc.). Still , it was interesting to read through the recipes and I learned a great deal from the trivia and etiquette vignettes that concluded each recipe. If you like to make interesting and exotic dishes, then I highly recommend this book. Many recipes sounded delicious, I just don't have the desire or the know-how to make them. Though I'd give many of them a taste if someone else was doing the cooking :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I bought this as a gift for a friend who very much enjoyed the show and is also a goodie. While the book maybe fun to look at and read, cooking anything from it seems to yield rather strange food. My bookclub (who likes the show) decided to have a tea party based on the recipes in the book. Each person took a recipe and prepared it. I had the shortbread. I followed the directions faithfully, start to finish---even letting the eggs sit out to warm them up to room temp. The result was nothing I wo I bought this as a gift for a friend who very much enjoyed the show and is also a goodie. While the book maybe fun to look at and read, cooking anything from it seems to yield rather strange food. My bookclub (who likes the show) decided to have a tea party based on the recipes in the book. Each person took a recipe and prepared it. I had the shortbread. I followed the directions faithfully, start to finish---even letting the eggs sit out to warm them up to room temp. The result was nothing I would call shortbread. It was more like a blondie--which if I had known I would have added chocolate chips and just made that! Other items made from the book were very iffy, including the scones--which a friend of mine made. Anyway, I do not think you should try to cook from the book-- just read it and enjoy and the fun of being transported to Downton Abbey!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alice Wu

    I won this book from the giveaway a few months ago and didn't get around to trying some of the recipes until now. What I love about this recipe book is the little snippets of information that the author has added to give some background on the dishes. It's a shame there are no pictures, but the entire design of the book reminds me of what a cookbook back then might've actually looked like. Another upside to this book is the separation between upper class and servants' foods and the different cou I won this book from the giveaway a few months ago and didn't get around to trying some of the recipes until now. What I love about this recipe book is the little snippets of information that the author has added to give some background on the dishes. It's a shame there are no pictures, but the entire design of the book reminds me of what a cookbook back then might've actually looked like. Another upside to this book is the separation between upper class and servants' foods and the different courses within that. As for the actually recipes themselves, I've only tried some of the simpler ones. A few recipes use a bit too much butter for my taste, but overall the instructions weren't too hard to follow, and the results tasted delicious.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Sutton

    *Good Reads Winner* The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook sounds delightful! I can't wait until it arrives so I can try out the recipes. :) I was pretty excited to have won my first cookbook and when I opened the package, I could not wait to look through it. What I found was a lovely layout free of images and also easy to understand. I love the subtle ornamental elements and the type hierarchy that kept the ingredients in it’s own column and the steps in another for each recipe. What is also great *Good Reads Winner* The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook sounds delightful! I can't wait until it arrives so I can try out the recipes. :) I was pretty excited to have won my first cookbook and when I opened the package, I could not wait to look through it. What I found was a lovely layout free of images and also easy to understand. I love the subtle ornamental elements and the type hierarchy that kept the ingredients in it’s own column and the steps in another for each recipe. What is also great is the added bonus of historical tidbits on each page referring to that specific recipe. So far I made the Warm Chicken Pot Pie and Mrs. Patmore's Dropped Roasted Chicken. They were so good! I can’t wait to try them all out eventually!

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