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This elegant coffee table cookbook highlights the luxe and elegance of the Christmas at Downton Abbey and features a collection of traditional British holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that were popular during the Edwardian period. Take a seat at the Christmas table of Downton Abbey, the historic British estate at the heart of the popular PBS series. Downton fan This elegant coffee table cookbook highlights the luxe and elegance of the Christmas at Downton Abbey and features a collection of traditional British holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that were popular during the Edwardian period. Take a seat at the Christmas table of Downton Abbey, the historic British estate at the heart of the popular PBS series. Downton fans will appreciate this enticing collection of classic British holiday recipes from the Edwardian era, evocative narratives about Christmas traditions, and seasonal anecdotes from the award-winning series. Colorful photographs of finished dishes, fan-favorite moments from the Christmas episodes, and excerpts of character quotes bring the spirit of the holidays to life.


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This elegant coffee table cookbook highlights the luxe and elegance of the Christmas at Downton Abbey and features a collection of traditional British holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that were popular during the Edwardian period. Take a seat at the Christmas table of Downton Abbey, the historic British estate at the heart of the popular PBS series. Downton fan This elegant coffee table cookbook highlights the luxe and elegance of the Christmas at Downton Abbey and features a collection of traditional British holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that were popular during the Edwardian period. Take a seat at the Christmas table of Downton Abbey, the historic British estate at the heart of the popular PBS series. Downton fans will appreciate this enticing collection of classic British holiday recipes from the Edwardian era, evocative narratives about Christmas traditions, and seasonal anecdotes from the award-winning series. Colorful photographs of finished dishes, fan-favorite moments from the Christmas episodes, and excerpts of character quotes bring the spirit of the holidays to life.

30 review for The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Weldon Owen doesn't skimp on their cookbooks, even during a Pandemic. This is a gorgeous, full-color, hardcover book filled with Christmas recipes and traditions from Britain's past. Some are from long before the Downton Abbey days, traditions that carried over and some are from the future but classics of British Christmas tables the Crawleys probably would have known. The book is divided into sections: Soups, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Game and Roasts, Meat Pies and Savory Puddings, Sides and Ve Weldon Owen doesn't skimp on their cookbooks, even during a Pandemic. This is a gorgeous, full-color, hardcover book filled with Christmas recipes and traditions from Britain's past. Some are from long before the Downton Abbey days, traditions that carried over and some are from the future but classics of British Christmas tables the Crawleys probably would have known. 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. There are full color photos of the recipes and also from the show. There are quotes from the Christmas episodes for all 5 seasons. Beware spoilers if you haven't seen all seasons. Needless to say, traditional British recipes from the Downton era are very animal heavy: stock, butter, cream, lard, beef, fowl, etc. all are used in these recipes. If you are vegan, don't plan on hosting or attending a Victorian/Edwardian/1920s traditional English Christmas dinner, I certainly don't want to make. Read this instead for the history behind the show.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Zeemeeuw

    What a delightful pleasure to have! It might be a little bit early to enjoy it in the middle of October but why not?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I don't usually list my cookbooks on my Goodreads feed, but there are times... and this is one of them. THE OFFICIAL DOWNTON ABBEY CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK by Regula Ysewijn is a real winner!Why & how have I come to this decision? OK, I did love the series, but it's also filled with historical facts and stories about Christmases in England during the time period and within the settings of Downton's tv series. On page 30, titled "Kitchen Notes," the author begins with, "For this book, I've worked with I don't usually list my cookbooks on my Goodreads feed, but there are times... and this is one of them. THE OFFICIAL DOWNTON ABBEY CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK by Regula Ysewijn is a real winner!Why & how have I come to this decision? OK, I did love the series, but it's also filled with historical facts and stories about Christmases in England during the time period and within the settings of Downton's tv series. On page 30, titled "Kitchen Notes," the author begins with, "For this book, I've worked with original recipes in cookbooks from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with one excursion into the earliest cookery book in the English language..." and she follows up later on the page with, "The recipes in the following pages will give you the opportunity to host a Downton-inspired Christmas with dishes that are still relevant today. Some of them have hardly changed over the last hundred years; others have evolved to suit the contemporary need for..." I would say that she appears to have made "creating these food-historic dishes" in our own 21st Century kitchens as doable as possible. I have perused plenty of "old time" recipes over my multiple decades of home cooking/baking and would seriously be hesitant to try baking in a fireplace or ancient stove, even if I could access any of those things! 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!) I've also always wanted to concoct a bowl of Wassail (singing: "Here we go a Wassailing…" like a Xmas caroler! I've found other recipes for it, so I'll compare some to Downton's, but substituting for the booze in it (maybe with extra cider?). It's also been years since I made Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Beef and, surprising to me, this book doesn't specifically designate the pudding being served with beef. Therefore, I see no problem with perhaps serving it with chicken since our daughter doesn't "do" red meat (or pork, for that matter!). In fact, the recipe info notes, "The earliest puddings in England, such as hackin pudding, were savory [recipe provided on page previous to the Yorkshire recipe], but they gradually became sweeter and sweeter, eventually leaving meat content behind completely. Yorkshire pudding, however, has traditionally contained neither meat nor sugar and can be savory or sweet..." and she goes on to include more of the Pudding's history. For Mince Pies, there's an option for either with or without meat (either ground or finely chopped lamb or mutton) - including some history (of course) that includes the fact the fact that, by the twentieth century, the filling no longer included meat. 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! This is a well-earned 5-star review! Kudos go out to its author, British culinary historian Regula Ysewijn, and thanks to all those who may have aided her with a bit of research and those who "helped [her] eat all the festive food." If I only lived "across the pond," I'd have loved to be one of the latter group of "help" - yum!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hinske

    The Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook is another worthy addition to this delightful collection. With its trademark gorgeous photography and interesting historical articles, the cookbook is a must-have for both fans of the series and cooks, alike. As an American, I particularly appreciate the Kitchen Notes that translate ingredients and equipment into what I have at hand. The stylish cover will make the Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook part of the holiday décor in my kitchen. I highly recommend—it The Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook is another worthy addition to this delightful collection. With its trademark gorgeous photography and interesting historical articles, the cookbook is a must-have for both fans of the series and cooks, alike. As an American, I particularly appreciate the Kitchen Notes that translate ingredients and equipment into what I have at hand. The stylish cover will make the Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook part of the holiday décor in my kitchen. I highly recommend—it’ll also make an original and lovely hostess gift.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    I want to try it all!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A beautiful cookbook with lots of recipes to try. The author includes the history of each dish along with photographs and quotes from the show. Beautiful photographs of recipes are included as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked this cookbook but it wasn't anything memorable. I like the aesthetic of Downton Abbey but I feel like if I'd watched the show, I would have enjoyed it a little bit more. Nonetheless, pretty solid cookbook. I liked this cookbook but it wasn't anything memorable. I like the aesthetic of Downton Abbey but I feel like if I'd watched the show, I would have enjoyed it a little bit more. Nonetheless, pretty solid cookbook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Enjoyable, it includes some historical contexts as well as quotes from the show. Some recipes are familiar and I can't wait to make some. Enjoyable, it includes some historical contexts as well as quotes from the show. Some recipes are familiar and I can't wait to make some.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    Beautiful book. Gives a nice history of how the celebration of Christmas has changed in England over the years. Probably won’t be making any of these recipes, but fun to read and look at the photos.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    I can’t comment on the recipes in this book as I will never be making them. But the history associated with each recipe is fascinating. And the pictures of the food are gorgeous.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ginette

    You will find more than recipes in this magnificent book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wenfei

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kay

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Symmonz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammy George

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark Watson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  24. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lollita

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cristine

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lee

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  29. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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