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Charles Oliver
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10 Oct 2003
This is a collection of authentic recipes from the royal households, based on the diaries and personal recollections of royal servant Charles Oliver. It became a hobby of his to collect royal menus and recipes until he amassed a considerable collection. He also lovingly and respectfully hoarded a treasure of anecdotes, souvenirs and information on royal tastes and entertaining, to make his own individual commentary, as well as a store of private photographs. So from Queen Victoria's habit of eating breakfast to the sound of bagpipes, to Prince Philip's favourite recipe for scrambled eggs, this book provides a delightful memoir of the tastes and traditions of the royal household over several generations.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books,London (10 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843580624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843580621
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An extraordinary collection of images and anecdotes." --"Quest"

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Charles Oliver grew up in the royal household during the reign of Queen Victoria. After Victoria's death, he endeared himself to George V and Queen Mary. Even when he retired, he remained very close to the palace and the entourage of Elizabeth II. It was Charles Oliver's wish that the wealth of material he had gathered over the years should be compiled into what he described as 'a cookbook with a difference'. He made one stipulation - that it should not be published until after his death. This is that book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars planning a party for the Royal Wedding 1 Mar 2011
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I bought this wonderful book,as a research aid,to help with our planning of a Royal Wedding party,it is beautifylly written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dinner at Buckingham Palace 3 May 2014
By Ann
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This book is an insight into the banquets held at the Palace, and the eating habits of the Royal family down the years,
A very interesting book, pleased with purchase
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 8 Feb 2014
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This is full of grammatical errors and typos. Some material is repeated and some recipes end in the middle of the cooking instructions. I found it so annoying to read that I only got 30% of the way through before sending it back for a refund. This is a great shame because it is potentially an extremely interesting subject, and if it were to be edited properly I would certainly buy it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Memories 28 Jun 2007
By Anna V. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not buy this book for the recipes. I thought, and was correct, that perhaps this book might offer photographs of the Royal Family I had never seen in print before. The story of how this book came about is a wonderful story by itself. Read it and find out who the man was behind it's creation. There are private photos of the Queen Mother, the Queen, and a young Prince Charles that are ready for framing. And that is what I plan on doing this weekend. While I must purchase another copy to keep, I am going through my copy to remove the wonderful shots and frame them. My kitchen is decorated with numerous photos of the Royal Family. And yes, I have Union Jack rugs on the floors as well. The recipes are wonderful, but the photographs and stories are worth buying the book for. If you are an Anglophile as I am, or a huge fan of the Royals, this is the book for you.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinner at Buckingham Palace 8 Mar 2008
By Victoria Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book, full of history from Queen Victoria to the present, with lovely photos of the Royal Family- A MUST for Anglophiles, and cooks alike! Included are dinner services for Royal Formal dinners, and all the dishes served. There is also a food glossary- very helpful.
This book is from the diaries of a former Butler, a man who grew up in service with his father under the reign of Queen Victoria. A very interesting read- I loved it!
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version has some serious problems, typos 26 Feb 2014
By bookeater - Published on Amazon.com
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The contents of the book make for a fun read for royal watchers, with one caveat emptor. The Kindle version is chalked full of errors and mistakes. The worst mistakes show whole chapters and pages repeated word for word throughout the text. This version needs an editor, badly.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Period Piece for the reader 6 Dec 2013
By E. A. Schimmelpfennig - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be a rather dated and not-so-easy recipes. An exotic buy, but an interesting book to examine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinner at Buckingham Palace 22 Oct 2009
By Beverley Chong - Published on Amazon.com
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For British Royal watchers. The Buckingham Palace cooks pay absolutely no attention to the perils of cholesterol when serving up.
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