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Cookbooks for Anglophiles Who Love British Television

Cookbooks for Anglophiles Who Love British Television

Cookbooks for Anglophiles – one of my favorite topics! Over the last 25 years I’ve accumulated dozens of books on English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh cooking. I have books full of recipes for historic dishes, pub grub, afternoon tea, and much more. I also have cookbooks based on British television and radio programs, including Mrs. Bridges’ Upstairs, Downstairs Cookery Book, The Ballykissangel Cookbook (a companion to the popular Irish drama that aired from 1996 to 2001), and Jennifer Aldridge’s Archers’ Cookbook, a companion to the long-running BBC radio soap, The Archers.

Lately I’ve noticed an increase in the number of cookbooks based on British TV shows, so I thought I would share some ideas to help you find the perfect Christmas gift for the Anglophile who loves British television and loves to cook.

Cookbooks for Anglophiles Who Are Downton Abbey Fans

There are lots of options for Downton Abbey fans. First, there’s A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes by Jessica Fellowes, who has written five official Downton Abbey companion books. Other choices include At Home at Highclere: Entertaining at the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnavon and The Unofficial Downtown Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas Pudding by Emily Ansara Barnes.

Cookbooks for Anglophiles Who Are Game of Thrones Fans

There are also several choices for fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones, including A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, From the Sands of Dorne: A Feast of Fire and Ice Companion Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, and The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: Recipes for the Perfect Medieval Feast by Jill Taylor.

Cookbooks for Anglophiles Who Are Outlander, Poldark, or Doctor Who Fans

Fans of the Starz series Outlander will enjoy Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders, while Poldark fans will enjoy The Poldark Cookery Book by Jean M. Graham. There’s even a cookbook for Doctor Who fans, Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook, 40 Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Recipes by Joanna Farrow.

Cookbooks for Anglophiles Who Are Great British Bake Off Fans

If you know someone who’s addicted to the Great British Bake Off (which airs in the United States as The Great British Baking Show), then you’re spoilt for choice! I won’t attempt to list them all, but some options include The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking and The Great British Bake Off: Perfect Cakes and Bakes to Make at Home, both by Linda Collister. You could also choose one of the many cookbooks written by the show’s judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, or one from a Bake Off winner. I like 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain’s first cookbook, Nadiya’s Kitchen: Over 100 Simple, Delicious Family Recipes. If you’re a Nadiya fan like me, check out my August 2016 blog entry, The Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain and the Power of Overcoming Your Fears.

I would be happy to find one of these cookbooks under the tree on Christmas morning – hint, hint, Father Christmas! – and I’m sure the Anglophile cook in your life would be too. If the Anglophile in your life doesn’t like to cook, then take a look at my recommendations for memoirs for Anglophiles, Shakespeare-related mysteries, and ten of my favorite British movies for more great gift ideas.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter and delicious food. Let’s get together in 2018 and share our favorite British recipes!




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