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Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals Kindle Edition
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My advice - DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK
The author has assumed that all stately homes should be referred to as abbeys and there are references such as "each abbey would have employed fifteen gardeners" and constant mentions of "the abbey cook". Downton Abbey is called that purely because it would have incorporated, or been built on land belonging to, a religious abbey seized during the reformation, it's not a general description of an English great house.
The author also kept referring to High Tea instead of Afternoon Tea. There's a huge difference! Afternoon tea (which is what he was picturing in his head) is a light meal of small sandwiches, scones and cakes, whereas high tea is a substantial meal with a full main course, followed by a pudding (can be cakes) and often served with tea and toast.
If he can't even get these facts straight, he's obviously not done any research and has simply collected some "Edwardian sounding" recipes and jumped on the Downton bandwagon.
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Woe to the hostess who served Edward VII such a plebeian soup as the potato soup in the book, despite calling it "Majestic".
The author refers to the expensive rarity of coconuts as tropical fruits, yet the next recipe is for banana bread and a mention of how commonly it was served. He gives lemons the same treatment even though sliced lemons were an inextricable feature of afternoon tea. "Milk or lemon, dear?"
That said, most of the recipes sound delicious if not entirely authentic. I just wish the text could be trusted.
1) "deep fried foods [were never served to women] as it would soil their gloves". NO. No Edwardian lady would eat a crumb of food with gloves on.
2) Deep-Fried Rye Bread dough balls. An apparent creation of the author's mind as I have never heard of it and can find no other reference to it anywhere.
3) Pickled feta cheese. No explanation as to how this Mediterranean foodstuff made it to Downton. If the author meant to use feta as a substitute for some other cheese that might actually have been eaten in Edwardian England, he would have done well so say so.
4) Non-stop misuse and misconstruction of the word "Abbey", as mentioned in another review.
5) Iced Camembert. Another ahistorical creation.
6) The use of the word "biscuit" to refer to yeast rolls.
7) Foolish self-contradictions: "The most useless word in the culinary world is 'whitefish'. Why? Because there is no such creature. What is meant by 'whitefish' is a cold water fish with a white meat...[such as] cod, haddock, whiting...."
8) The claim that: Coconut was rare and costly, hence always specially kept under lock and key. An astonishing assertion with no evidence given. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2672390/ says: "Coconuts were...imported, often given as presents or won at fairs; commonly grated for use in cakes and desserts." in the mid-Victorian era.
And on and on. The average man (let alone woman) on the street knows more about food, history, and culture than this unfortunate author.
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