I fell across The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by complete accident so it was a fabulous surprise to find how much I enjoyed it.
There are no photographs which is usually a no-no for a cookbook but given the Downton Abbey theme it worked for this book. Each recipe has been given a special Downton Abbey twist which is enjoyable. I haven't cooked any of the dishes yet but have tagged 14 of them to try in due course. The recipes are divided up by course and between food for the Crawley's and food for the servants' hall.
Crawley Family Chicken Breasts with Caper Cream sauce
Creamless Steak au Poivre
British Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts
Cucumbers a la Poulette
Mrs Isobel Crawley's Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
Tom Branson's Guinness Corned Beef
To give you a 'taste' here is how the author introduces the Pepper Steak dish:
'this French dish is one that Mrs Patmore would feel confident to serve to any of Downton Abbey's respected guests'
I wouldn't buy this cookbook but it was certainly a great find at the library. (The reason I wouldn't buy it is that I have rationed myself to at the most one new cookbook a year and this year's was Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan).