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The Downstairs Cookbook: Recipes From A 1920s Household Cook [Hardcover]

Margaret Powell
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11 Oct 2012

The Downstairs Cookbook offers genuine 1920s recipes from bestselling author Margaret Powell, the house maid and cook who shared tales from her years of service in Below Stairs and inspired the original Upstairs Downstairs TV series. Now in this cookery book she offers a collection of sweet and savoury courses that the servants regularly prepared for their masters upstairs, accompanied throughout by her heartwarming anecdotes from life in service.

The recipes include retro classics such as kedgeree, jugged hare and angels on horseback as well as more adventurous offerings such as lobster soufflé and veal quenelles. With separate chapters on pastry and preserves, this is Margaret Powell’s complete cook’s manual for a 1920s household.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230767834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230767836
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Powell was born in 1907 in Hove. Aged fifteen, she went into service as a kitchen maid, eventually progressing to the position of cook. In 1968 the first volume of her memoirs, Below Stairs, was published to instant success. She died in 1984.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By lehman
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The book is written in an amusing, unpretensious style, and her stories of what in turn the older generation of cooks told her is especially interesting, like cooking a swan. Some of the recipes stand the test of time, und they show where today's hot chefs get their "new" ideas from- they aren't actually that new.
Can recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of history with interesting recipes 6 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought a copy for boyfriend for Xmas and then had to buy another for myself. Very informative with an insight into the life of a 1920's cook for each chapter then easy to follow recipes to cook the way they did back in the day.
Can recommend the Chocolate Ice Cream. Made it several times now, Very easy and moreish!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 3 April 2014
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This book has some interesting and simple to follow recipes well worth trying both for family mealtimes and dinner parties
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