I first fell in love with the British series period drama Downton Abbey when I was some 30 weeks pregnant with Clara, back in the dark, chilly days of January. Ordered to partial bed rest by my doctor, and with bad back pain and numb arms that curbed my ability to write, I found myself prone on the sofa one evening, flipping channels. I happened upon Downton Abbey with its high tea, high hats, and high drama, and was hooked in five minutes.
Yes, we love the sister rivalries, romantic triangles and sweeping English landscapes, but Downton Abbey is also quite a show for foodies, and this summer I was not surprised to hear that a cookbook was in the works. The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas Pudding – More Than 150 Recipes from Upstairs and Downstairs (F+W Media, September 2012) by Emily Ansara Baines (Author of The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook) will be released September 18 – today!
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy and have had heaps of fun brushing up on my British fare. Bubble & Squeak, anyone? Look for the English Eccles Cakes recipe (pictured at top) to come this week… Now hit the jump for a chance to win one of THREE copies of the cookbook.
Dining (up or down) is a big part of Downton Abbey, with elaborate multi-course meals and daily elegant teas. The unofficial Downton cookbook is divided into two parts: “Dining With the Crawleys” and “Sustenance for the Staff”, with both sections equally tempting. Recipes for such classics as Beef Wellington and steak pie would make any man – aristocrat or not – happy, while plenty of recipes for scones and shortbread are sprinkled throughout for the ladies.
So until Season 3 airs on this side of the pond (January, 2013) you can bring a little bit of estate life into your kitchen or around your table with The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook.
**Update: get the recipe for the English Eccles Cakes pictured above! From the DA cookbook.**
** This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our 3 winners: Barbara V, Suzan N, and Camille Gabel. You have been contacted via email.**
Thanks to our friends at F+W Media, I have THREE copies of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook to give away to 3 lucky readers!!
To enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post and answer the question:
“Who is your favorite Downton Abbey character??”
That’s it! (And in case you were wondering, mine is, well, Matthew….)
For an extra entry you can tweet the following:
“I want to win one of three copies of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook on @simplebites! http://su.pr/2D7p7L #downtoncookbook ”
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Giveaway ends Thursday, September 20, at 10:59 PM. Good luck to all!