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How to Cook Like the Dames of Downton Abbey

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Still looking for a holiday gift for your tv/food-obsessed sweetheart? How about the new The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. The author, L.A.-based Emily Ansara Baines, also wrote the popular Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook. The Downton version teaches everything from Lady Mary's crab canapes to Mrs. Patmore's Christmas pudding.

Seems like a good way to stave off the anticipation of season 3. (The trailer is below, in case you haven't seen it yet.)

Says Wired:

...the first seven chapters are each devoted to a different course so if you're feeling ambitious, then you can channel your inner Mrs. Patmore and cook a veritable feast. The recipes represent foods that would have been popular at the time. These aren't common, everyday recipes. Instead you have things like Saxe-Coburg Soup, Filet Mignon with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce, and Pommes de Terre Sarladaise.

There's even a chapter dedicated to one of our favorite past times adopted from the Edwardian era:
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tea time. The section includes recipes for cucumber sandwiches and crumpets.

Pinkies up!