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Downton Abbey Cooks!

  • Downton Abbey Cooks!
    Pamela Foster created this blog as a culinary historian who was interested in the food presented within Downton Abbey. Far beyond a traditional recipe blog, Foster provides information about each episode and ties in various outside sources to help round out her posts. Foster features a recipe that is directly related to each episode.

Downton Abbey

As mentioned before, Downton Abbey began overseas in 2010 and was swiftly brought over to the United States in 2011. So far Downton Abbey is a hit success with multiple awards and nominations (For a full list, check out Downton Abbey's Award page over at IMDB - the International Movie Database).

A quick introduction to the series is as follows:

Downton Abbey follows the family of Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, who is simply addressed as Lord Grantham. The family's lives, as well as the servants', are chronicled as they live in and around the grand country house, Downton Abbey. Robert Crawley is married to Cora Crawley, the Countess of Grantham, an American. Many hardships and triumphs are brought into the Crawley's lives, as they work to keep Downton Abbey in a positive standing within the community adn to keep up appearances among their many diverse neighbors and family members.

Curious about the characters and just who is in the show? Check out IMDB's list of characters.


Books about Downton Abbey

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The Chronicles of Downton Abbey - Jessica Fellowes; Matthew Sturgis; Julian Fellowes (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781250027627
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
This book goes deeper into each character, so it's the perfect introduction into just what Downton Abbey is.

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Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey - Emma Rowley; Gareth Neame (Foreword by); Jessica Fellowes
ISBN: 9781250047908
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
This book is a unique behind-the-scenes look straight from the director into the inspiration for various things on set. Learn about why certain locations, music choices, and details were chosen and read exclusive interviews paired with photos. Crack open this book for a true look behind the scenes.

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A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey - Jessica Fellowes; Julian Fellowes (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781250065384
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
This book follows the lives of the family within Downton Abbey since their doors opened. Filled with information about the great parties that happen on the estate, as well as traditional recipes and photographs from around the house, this book invites readers in and provides an interesting look behind the scenes.

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The World of Downton Abbey - Jessica Fellowes; Julian Fellowes (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781250006349
Publication Date: 2011-12-06
This book is full of on-set photographs from the first two seasons, as well as information from the production team ranging from sketches to research done to make sure everything is accurate. Readers will dive into the real world of Downton Abbey and the drama that unfolded behind the scenes.


Britsh Aristocratic Manners

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The Manners of Downton Abbey - PBS Distribution
Publication Date: 2015
Join the cast of Downton Abbey as they talk about just how the manners of 1900 Britain were translated to the Downton Abbey set.


Watching Downton Abbey

Since Downton Abbey is so popular, some authors have even taken to writing books about their characters watching the show and how they deal with the themes presented.

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While We Were Watching Downtown Abbey - Wendy Wax
ISBN: 9780425263310
Publication Date: 2013-04-02
Wax has given us a heartwarming story about a concierge in a historic Atlanta apartment building bringing together three other residents to watch Downton Abbey with him each week. As a result, readers are treated to a glimpse into each of their lives and how they begin to relate to the show and to each other.

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Elizabeth and her German Garden

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Elizabeth and Her German Garden - Elizabeth von Arnim
ISBN: 0860684237
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize this book as the one that Moseley gives to Anna when he is trying to get her away from Mr. Bates. This book is a year of diary entries in the life of Elizabeth, her friends, and what she learns as she begins gardening.


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