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Today’s Free Book is:

The Cookery Book by Margaret Powell

ISBN 9781250029263, Hardcover

In the national bestseller Below Stairs, Margaret Powell told readers what it was really like to work in the great houses of England. In Margaret Powell’s Cookery Book, she gives readers a closer look at the world inside the vast kitchens of these great houses. It’s an eye-opening and mouthwatering snapshot of that world. The upstairs dining room always demanded the best of Continental cuisine and, cooking downstairs, Margaret Powell obliged. 

Her cookery book is a firsthand account of the way people cooked and dined in the early twentieth century when houses like those in “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” were fully staffed and running like clockwork. Describing kitchen equipment such as the black ranges that had to be shined daily, the fancy moulds that needed screen covers to keep out the flies and tubs of ice that were used instead of refrigerators, she tells readers just how big a job it was to keep the upstairs dining table abundantly filled. 

Giving away the secrets of the manor, she presents more than 500 recipes, from the simple to the sophisticated. Divided into chapters such as Hors d’oeuvre, Soups, Fish, Entrees, Roasts and Meat Dishes , Savouries, Puddings and others, she shows readers today what it was like to eat well, if you were a member of England’s upper class.  Classic, but simple, dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie and Roast Chicken Stuffed with Herbs alternate with sophisticated fare and long-lost recipes like Potatoes a la Florence, Rabbit Pilau, Compote of Snipe, Sardines a la Bombay and Queen Mab Pudding. 

With her trademark wit and gimlet eye, she tells readers what it was like to cook for her “betters” but she also states one thing proudly–“Food is more than just food. I like it to be prepared and cooked well, and I like trouble taken over it.” Behind every well-fed family like the Crawleys of “Downton Abbey” or the Bellamys of “Upstairs, Downstairs” was a cook like Margaret Powell and, now, she invites readers everywhere to the feast.

We will choose a winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 12 noon EDT, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!



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102 Responses to “Free Book Friday is Back!”

  1. Danny N. (Alameda) Havelock, NC says:

    (June 3, 2016)
    Site has the Free Friday thing advertised – but here on the link it’s back to the Free Friday book from May 22, 2016 – wonder what gives???
    Anyway, on the off chance that it’s really up and running again…I’d like to make a simple comment – yaba daba do!

  2. Joan E. (sunshinesuperwoman) says:

    I have recently read Longbourn by Jo Baker and Georgiana Darcy’s Diary and both have piqued my interest in the recipes and methods of cooking in times past. I would love to read The Cookery Book with the express purpose of learning how to make better bread and jam for myself and the other recipes for my husband, who is a diabetic. This is a tome that I’ll wager he wants me to read aloud!

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