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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 ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Adams Media (first published June 1st 2012)
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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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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".
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
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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
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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 ...more
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
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Joanne Wiggins
It's okay but mostly just a compiliation of English/Irish/Scottish recipes. No connection whatsoever to the program.
Babs
A delightful read on a rainy afternoon while your own delicious dinner is cooking away. It will make you grateful not to be in Mrs. Patmore's shoes preparing all those courses!

To give you an idea of the book's range, it includes the simplicity of Noisette Potatoes to savory and sweet treats for an afternoon tea. And, covers 8+ courses showcasing different dishes within each course.

Enjoyed perusing the etiquette lessons rarely seen and long forgotten. If you are a scratch cook, the base ingredi
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Liss Capello
For full disclosure, I didn't actually make any if the recipes in this book. They might have been really good! I don't know. I found the book in need of some significant editing, both for typos and to reel in the cheesy attempt to link every single recipe to the characters from the show in some way. Just tell me more about Edwardian cuisine, please. I also found it off-putting that so many of the recipes relied on extremely modern ingredients, like cheesecake pudding mix and frozen puff pastry. ...more
Lisa
The recipes in this book sound delicious. I'm looking forward to trying some. I really enjoyed the tidbits of etiquette from the past. Just a paragraph or two accompanying each recipe, they give a glimpse in the lives above and below stairs. Some of the items called for in the recipes are not familiar, easily attainable or are of my price range, but the recipes still look good. Some recipes I'd only read about in books set in Regency or Victorian eras, so it was interesting to see what is actual ...more
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
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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 ...more
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
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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
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Whereis
I won this in a GR giveaway for my mother. She loves anything Victorian. I'm a lot like her, I love Victorian items, themes, and programing as well. I haven't actually watched a single episode of Downton Abbey, but hoped that this cookbook would inspired me to start because I'm not really one for watching TV shows once I'm behind everyone else. I expected to see mostly dishes from the series with an occasional extra traditional Victorian recipes thrown in. Unfortunately this wasn't the case at a ...more
Jessica Davis (Eckert)
the book is unofficial. This isn't what Lady Mary REALLY eats in her REAL life. Indeed, these recipes are inconsistent in whether they seem period-compliant in terms of the ingredients they use, etc. However, if you are looking to do an annual Downton Abbey dinner party, which can be fun, this is a good place to start.
The curried sweet potato soup is great (and I hate sweet potatoes).
Everything in here is fattening, full of gluten and dairy, and will wreck your diet.
Tchipakkan
If I were going to do this book, I'd go through all the shows and write down the foods that were referenced, like the chicken that got the chopped eggs put on it, or the disastrous kidney souffle. Although there seems to have been a souffle at every dinner, there was not one in this book, and I really couldn't find recipes that referred to episodes at all. They simply seem to be recipes from the period that the author liked. I was disappointed.
Sandra Fulbright-myers
I love historical food porn, so I really do wish authors would be very specific when they change recipes for modern readers (or, as many medieval cookbooks do, faithfully reproduce the original side by side with the adaption). I also read a few obvious factual boners in the text. I'd more highly recommend a period edition of Mrs Beeton's for authenticity. Still, I don't see the harm to the casual reader.
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 ...more
Steph  :)
The recipes sound good and the history bits were interesting, but I would have preferred recipes that were based on food that is actually served in the tv show, not stuff that would "most likely", "perhaps", or "maybe" come from Mrs. Patmore's kitchen.
a_tiffyfit
I won this from a goodreads First Reads giveaway! I like it! The recipes are organized by courses and each recipe has a sweet little blurb/anecdote to go along with it such as telling us that the Traditional Bakewell Tart would be served to both the nobility as well as the servants since it is a traditional dessert. Some of the recipes have an additional little paragraph with a bit of history/legend regarding the food item.

There are no high gloss pictures of foods prepared; rather, this is a ga
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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 ...more
Alice Beyrent
Interesting book for fans of Downton Abbey. The author explains the meals of the Edwardian era and gives recipes for each meal. She includes recipes for the downstairs staff as well as those for the upstairs family. Each recipe has an explanation of the dish, how it might be served, or the mealtime etiquette to be followed. Several recipes look like I might try them, though many are very rich.
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
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Kristen
I enjoy reading cookbooks, especially ones with interesting stories and/or anecdotes. As a Downton Abbey lover, too, this book is an excellent addition to my collection.

As other reviewers have noted, Ms. Baines does not include glossy photos of the included recipes, but I did not find that omission to detract from the value of the book. Anecdotes from the popular BBC series are included alongside the Edwardian-era recipes. While the recipes are heavy and may not make a regular appearance at my
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Jodie
Sent this one to a friend when she was sick because she too loves this show. I found it to be quite entertaining reading through the recipes and thought it was a good companion to the series.
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Emily Ansara Baines is the author of two cookbooks: The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook and The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. She has also worked as a professional baker and caterer throughout the East Coast, most recently in New York City.

She he graduated with honors from the University of Southern California where she studied creative writing under Aimee Bender and T.C. Boyle. Her short st
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