A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/28/2014
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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It's 1924 and there have been many changes at Downton Abbey since the family and their servants first welcomed us there twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front; children are once again breathing new life into the great house; a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table; and skirt hems continue to rise.

Still, in the midst of all this upheaval, many things at Downton remain largely unchanged. Nanny still holds sway in the nursery, and there are still summer fetes to be organized, menus to be planned, and farms to be run.

This gorgeous book explores the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate—including house parties, debutantes, the London Season, yearly trips to Scotland, the sporting season, and, of course, the cherished rituals of Christmas. Jessica Fellowes and the creative team behind Downton Abbey invite us to peer through the prism of the house as we learn more about the lives of our favorite characters, the actors who play them, and those who bring this exquisite world to real life.

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey is packed full of exclusive new photographs, with a delicious array of traditional British recipes adapted for modern kitchens: kedgeree, orange marmalade, asparagus tarts, cream of watercress soup, Irish stew, lemon barley water, meringues with red berries, parmesan straws, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and more. From the moment when the servants light the fires against the chill of January, through the last family game of charades and the servants' Christmas ball, this magnificent book invites us to take part in twelve months in the life of Downton Abbey.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Julian Fellowes                                                               


SERIES 5 CAST  LIST                               

JANUARY : The Year Ahead                                                                     



FEBRUARY: The Children                          



MARCH: Farming                                        



APRIL: Travel                                              



MAY: Debutantes                                        



JUNE: The London Season                           



JULY: Summer                                           


AUGUST: Scotland                                  


SEPTEMBER: The House Party                  



OCTOBER: Living on the Estate                 



NOVEMBER: The Sporting Season             



DECEMBER: Christmas                                          

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