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This elegant cookbook captures the essence of teatime at Downton Abbey with classic recipes for sweets and savories, etiquette notes, tea service knowhow, and lavish imagery to recreate this British tradition. Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With thi This elegant cookbook captures the essence of teatime at Downton Abbey with classic recipes for sweets and savories, etiquette notes, tea service knowhow, and lavish imagery to recreate this British tradition. Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. Spanning sweet and savory classics—like Battenberg Cake, Bakewell Tart, toffee puddings, cream scones, and tea sandwiches—the recipes capture the quintessential delicacies of the time, and the proper way to serve them. This charming cookbook also features a detailed narrative history and extols the proper decorum for teatime service, from tea gowns and tearooms to preparing and serving tea. Gorgeous food photographs, lifestyle stills from the television series and recent movie, and character quotes bring the characters of Downton Abbey—and this rich tradition—to life in contemporary times.


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This elegant cookbook captures the essence of teatime at Downton Abbey with classic recipes for sweets and savories, etiquette notes, tea service knowhow, and lavish imagery to recreate this British tradition. Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With thi This elegant cookbook captures the essence of teatime at Downton Abbey with classic recipes for sweets and savories, etiquette notes, tea service knowhow, and lavish imagery to recreate this British tradition. Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. Spanning sweet and savory classics—like Battenberg Cake, Bakewell Tart, toffee puddings, cream scones, and tea sandwiches—the recipes capture the quintessential delicacies of the time, and the proper way to serve them. This charming cookbook also features a detailed narrative history and extols the proper decorum for teatime service, from tea gowns and tearooms to preparing and serving tea. Gorgeous food photographs, lifestyle stills from the television series and recent movie, and character quotes bring the characters of Downton Abbey—and this rich tradition—to life in contemporary times.

30 review for The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    This is a cookbook devoted to foods commonly eaten at tea time. It explains the history of afternoon tea, high vs. low (afternoon), the two types of tea plants and how the tea leaves are prepared to make the different varieties of tea. This book also explains how to make a proper cup of tea and how to hold your cup (pinkies out is bad manners). The recipes range from easy and quick common breakfast/tea treats like crumpets and scones to more complicated pastries like Battenburg cake and Florenti This is a cookbook devoted to foods commonly eaten at tea time. It explains the history of afternoon tea, high vs. low (afternoon), the two types of tea plants and how the tea leaves are prepared to make the different varieties of tea. This book also explains how to make a proper cup of tea and how to hold your cup (pinkies out is bad manners). The recipes range from easy and quick common breakfast/tea treats like crumpets and scones to more complicated pastries like Battenburg cake and Florentines. Devotees of the Great British Baking Show/Bake Off will recognize many of Mary Berry's favorite technical challenges! As with the other books in the series, this one provides a brief history of the tea treat and explains how it would have been made and when and why. The recipes have been modernized though. Because I am an afternoon tea aficionado, this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. The recipes weren't anything I haven't seen already with a few fancy exceptions. I didn't see anything I wanted to make, aside from scones and I make those a lot. I did like the inclusion of specific regional dishes such as Parkin, a Yorkshire gingerbread and the famous Bakewell Tart. A lot of the recipes use almond flour, dried fruits and nuts and alcohol, common ingredients at the time, none of which I ever bake with. A few recipes, particularly the gingerbread recipes, require specialized ingredients not easy to find in the U.S. outside of specialty shops. The recommendation is to look online but we're not told where. I also really liked how the book includes recipes for both upstairs and downstairs tea. There are also recipes for savories, sandwiches, spreads and preserves. Like the other books in the series, this volume contains full color photos of the recipes and from the TV series. There are also quotes about tea from the characters. It was fun to revisit tea at Downton Abbey and some of the more memorable moments of the show. Reading this book at bedtime made me hungry. I wouldn't recommend this to those who have other British tea cookbooks like Tea Fit for a Queen: Recipes Drinks for Afternoon Tea.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley, in return for my honest review. This is a delightful cookbook which fans of Downton Abbey, like myself will love. With character quotes and television stills, it brings the tradition, still loved by many Brits, to life. Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook by Gareth Neame is full of delicious recipes. Both savory and sweet British delicacies, and how to serve them. With an abundance of historic facts and an informative how to guide, An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley, in return for my honest review. This is a delightful cookbook which fans of Downton Abbey, like myself will love. With character quotes and television stills, it brings the tradition, still loved by many Brits, to life. Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook by Gareth Neame is full of delicious recipes. Both savory and sweet British delicacies, and how to serve them. With an abundance of historic facts and an informative how to guide, teaching the reader the basics everyone must know when having their very own quintessential afternoon tea.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    The book is beautiful with pictures from the show and many of the dishes that it includes recipes for. It’s well put together but I don’t want to rate it since I’ve not yet tried to make any recipes, just read through the text. I’m not sure how much confidence I would put in some of the historical context provided, since their few paragraphs on corsetry is riddled with typical myths that are easily dispelled with a modicum of research.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    So many great recipes! I cannot wait to make some of them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    Traditional teatime treats.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Such a beautiful book. Wonderful recipes, photos from the show as well as quotes from the episodes. If I were to change one thing, it would be to have photos of all the finished products along side of the recipes. For some reason they only did so for a portion of them. I enjoyed the history of tea, the recipes and the traditions. I also learned the difference between afternoon/low tea vs. high tea. Favorite quote from the show: Mary: (To Sybil) “Oh darling, darling, don’t be such a baby. This isn’t Fai Such a beautiful book. Wonderful recipes, photos from the show as well as quotes from the episodes. If I were to change one thing, it would be to have photos of all the finished products along side of the recipes. For some reason they only did so for a portion of them. I enjoyed the history of tea, the recipes and the traditions. I also learned the difference between afternoon/low tea vs. high tea. Favorite quote from the show: Mary: (To Sybil) “Oh darling, darling, don’t be such a baby. This isn’t Fairyland. What did you think? You’d marry the chauffeur and we’d all come to tea?” Season 2, Episode 4

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Thirkettle-Kayser

    A delightful book for Downton Abbey fans and for everyone who loves the afternoon tea tradition. The Downton Abbey story offers the perfect background for a delightful book about afternoon tea. I found the short history of tea, tea making and everything that developed around it, very interesting. It recalls that tea, politics, women power and society have very interlinked histories. The recipes are illustrated with very nice photos for the series. The explanations are very well done, and each rec A delightful book for Downton Abbey fans and for everyone who loves the afternoon tea tradition. The Downton Abbey story offers the perfect background for a delightful book about afternoon tea. I found the short history of tea, tea making and everything that developed around it, very interesting. It recalls that tea, politics, women power and society have very interlinked histories. The recipes are illustrated with very nice photos for the series. The explanations are very well done, and each recipe gives a little information about the particular cake or pastry in the context of the times, together with little remarks bringing you right into the story. For example, the fact that you are free to use other jams (than raspberry or strawberry) for your Bakewell tart and add a little sugary glaze, but should you do so, Mrs Patmore would call it by another name entirely. I also discovered in this book that there is such a thing as mock clotted cream and a recipe for it... Even for those who are not fans of Downton Abbey, this book will be a great one to have as a collection of quite a number of great cakes to make to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. A real mouthwatering read. Thank you to Netgalley and the author Gareth Neame for giving me the privilege of an advance reader copy of this book. #TheOfficialDowntonAbbeyAfternoonTeaCookbook #NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? BTW - stay home and save lives!!!!!!!! No tan is worth dying for. I requested and re When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? BTW - stay home and save lives!!!!!!!! No tan is worth dying for. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. In official partnership with Downton Abbey and with over 150 stunning photographs featuring stills from across the series and right up to the latest film release, this collection of 70 delicious tea recipes is a lavish celebration of the elegant institution of afternoon tea. With a foreword by Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey, this carefully curated selection of tea recipes spans the world of Downton, from intimate afternoon tea taken in the drawing-room to glamorous tea parties in the garden, covering different types of tea, curds, preserves and creams, as well as classic recipes and serving suggestions for accompaniments such as scones and biscuits, cakes and tarts, sandwiches and savoury bites. With a brief history of tea at Downton Abbey and a guide to the etiquette and decorum for afternoon tea, the book is and full of photographs and quotes from Downton characters, so you can recreate the rich traditions and flavours of Downton Abbey Afternoon Teatime and time again. I love this book and I love tea - my two indulgences in life are tea and sushi..and why not have a sushi-themed tea? (no, that is not in the book but the rolls would work as tidbits and finger "sandwiches" IMHO!) I loved Downtown Abbey and this book made me think of and remember my favourite TV show and its beloved characters.. The recipes are well written and I just want to make everything in the book and eat it in copious amounts - and yes, I will have to be my own Mrs. Patmore and Daisy and make it myself! A great gift for fans of the show. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🧁🧁🧁🧁🧁 -

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is a delightful Afternoon Tea recipe book in conjunction with the television series Downton Abbey. The book is divided into 5 sections: - Introduction with foreword from Gareth Neame (Executive Producer of Downton Abbey) and British Tea Characteristics & Etiquette - Pastries, Buns & Biscuits (18) - Cakes, Tarts & Puddings (27) - Tea sandwiches & Savoury Bites (5) - Preserves & Spreads (7) Each recipe comes with an introduction as to its origins or when it should be served, or sometimes a tip. For This is a delightful Afternoon Tea recipe book in conjunction with the television series Downton Abbey. The book is divided into 5 sections: - Introduction with foreword from Gareth Neame (Executive Producer of Downton Abbey) and British Tea Characteristics & Etiquette - Pastries, Buns & Biscuits (18) - Cakes, Tarts & Puddings (27) - Tea sandwiches & Savoury Bites (5) - Preserves & Spreads (7) Each recipe comes with an introduction as to its origins or when it should be served, or sometimes a tip. For example, I didn't know you are supposed to tear a scone in two rather than cut it - Oops! The recipes are in both imperial and metric measurements, some have a colour photograph or there is a scene photograph from the TV series. The steps are easy to follow and gives the number it will make or serve. Lots of the recipes are for traditional English cakes, such as Battenberg, Crumpets or Chelsea Buns that you would find in many another book, but it's good to have it all together in one for those who wish to serve a traditional English Afternoon tea to their friends and family. I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Molten*Violet

    This was an interesting book with a ton of great looking recipes. I have yet to make any yet but the recipes seem fairly easy to follow. I do have some complaints about the way the book is formatted. There are very few actual pictures of what you're making and I think that it's always nice to have a reference image especially if it is the first time you're making something. They also do not give times for how long each recipe will take to prep or just start to finish - again this is a personal p This was an interesting book with a ton of great looking recipes. I have yet to make any yet but the recipes seem fairly easy to follow. I do have some complaints about the way the book is formatted. There are very few actual pictures of what you're making and I think that it's always nice to have a reference image especially if it is the first time you're making something. They also do not give times for how long each recipe will take to prep or just start to finish - again this is a personal preference that I always enjoy seeing in cookbooks. It is great for fans of the series though as there are lots of fun facts, references, and set/character images.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book is a must for any Downton Abbey fans. Also those that just love a good cookbook. The book is laid out with wonderful pictures of the cast of the tv program alongside pictures of the delicious looking delicacies that are on offer. Clear recipes. Easy to follow instructions. My daughter and I will thoroughly enjoy making some of this just as Mrs Patmore would have done. The book also covers the etiquette of an afternoon tea . Long may the tradition continue Thank you to the publisher and This book is a must for any Downton Abbey fans. Also those that just love a good cookbook. The book is laid out with wonderful pictures of the cast of the tv program alongside pictures of the delicious looking delicacies that are on offer. Clear recipes. Easy to follow instructions. My daughter and I will thoroughly enjoy making some of this just as Mrs Patmore would have done. The book also covers the etiquette of an afternoon tea . Long may the tradition continue Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth Ann

    A beautiful book suitable for gift giving that shares not only beautiful photographs of the fabulous Downton Abbey television drama but also includes loads of really yummy recipes for the reader to make at home. Definitely a book that will have a place on my bookshelf and coffee table but also a practical cookbook as well. The introduction is interesting and shares a bit of the history of tea both in Britain and how it is used in Downton Abbey. Snatch a copy up for yourself if you are a tea love A beautiful book suitable for gift giving that shares not only beautiful photographs of the fabulous Downton Abbey television drama but also includes loads of really yummy recipes for the reader to make at home. Definitely a book that will have a place on my bookshelf and coffee table but also a practical cookbook as well. The introduction is interesting and shares a bit of the history of tea both in Britain and how it is used in Downton Abbey. Snatch a copy up for yourself if you are a tea lover.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sherry C

    I’ve enjoyed reading this book with interesting information on the history of the recipes and English tea. I’m not sure how many of the recipes I’ll eventually make, but have some of the easier ones in mind to start with. My o my suggestion for this book would be to include a small photo of each item by the recipes. I’m from the United States so I am unfamiliar with some of the recipes and would have appreciated a photo as to what the finished recipe should look like. (I had to Google a few to g I’ve enjoyed reading this book with interesting information on the history of the recipes and English tea. I’m not sure how many of the recipes I’ll eventually make, but have some of the easier ones in mind to start with. My o my suggestion for this book would be to include a small photo of each item by the recipes. I’m from the United States so I am unfamiliar with some of the recipes and would have appreciated a photo as to what the finished recipe should look like. (I had to Google a few to get a better idea as I was reading through the recipes.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Lovely book in the same line as the other of the series. The recipes in this volume are more accessible than those of the first one. What I like in these Downton cookbooks is that there is always a short historical introduction for each recipe. The recipes are illustrated by pictures from the show - sometimes of the characters rather than the food, I wish there was more pictures of the cakes though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    It was a delight to browse through this review copy. It’s full of wonderful pictures and quotes from the TV series Downton Abbey, mouthwatering pictures of delicacies and recipes, and lots of information about the British Afternoon Tea. Like, what to wear, which blend of tea to drink, which culinary delights to offer for which sort of afternoon tea event, and which tea service to use. See also: https://sceptre.sktc.hamburg/2020/06/... It was a delight to browse through this review copy. It’s full of wonderful pictures and quotes from the TV series Downton Abbey, mouthwatering pictures of delicacies and recipes, and lots of information about the British Afternoon Tea. Like, what to wear, which blend of tea to drink, which culinary delights to offer for which sort of afternoon tea event, and which tea service to use. See also: https://sceptre.sktc.hamburg/2020/06/...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Easy recipes from the UK, in a background of Downton Abbey tv series photos and memories plus a bit history of that time. Copied several recipes of crumpets, scones, and shortbread cookies/biscuits.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

    Looking for new old traditions I have been researching tea time and food options. This book provides a good selection of sweets for tea time. The side story information is also entertaining.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    Beautifully presented little gem of a book. What I loved was the historical information for each recipe that added to the overall depth and interest. A lovely balance of Downton Abbey and cookery book. Highly recommended and a delightful gift for a baker and/or a Downton Fan. Fabulous.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Really good ideas from this and I intend to make some of these recipes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    Not just for fans of the show, the book features lovely traditional treats that pair with tea. Highly recommended

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Gaspar

    Lovely cookbook with historical detail and great recipes

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Nice recipes!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    Great afternoon tea recipies. Fun pics for Downton Abbey fans. Ingredients and measurements are USA friendly. No need to convert British ingredients to what's available in the U.S. Great afternoon tea recipies. Fun pics for Downton Abbey fans. Ingredients and measurements are USA friendly. No need to convert British ingredients to what's available in the U.S.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Do you miss Downton Abbey? Do you wish you could take afternoon tea with the Dowager Countess of Grantham? Then you'll probably love this. Easy recipes mixed with show quotes and a bit of the history of the tradition. You can't go wrong, really. Do you miss Downton Abbey? Do you wish you could take afternoon tea with the Dowager Countess of Grantham? Then you'll probably love this. Easy recipes mixed with show quotes and a bit of the history of the tradition. You can't go wrong, really.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Akiko A

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lifeisadance

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ru

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

  30. 5 out of 5

    MacKenzie Wyatt

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