Fans of the TV series “Downton Abbey” are excitedly awaiting the premiere of the movie on Friday of this week. And coinciding with the movie’s release is the publication of “The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook,” by Annie Gray, one of Britain’s leading food historians who joins Linda on today’s episode. Dr. Gray researched recipes from historical sources for the meals seen on the show and includes notes on the ingredients and customs of the time. She gives a warm and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set – a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development, which makes the book a truly useful work of culinary history.

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