The first official cookbook from the greatly acclaimed Downton Abbey franchise has been announced by Weldon Owen International, with an anticipated launch for Sept. 17.

This well-researched and a compelling cookbook from food historian Dr. Annie Gray include more than 100 authentic and delicious period recipes, accompanied by spectacular images of the Downton Abbey cast, food photography, quotes and historical information to vividly bring the dishes and customs of the Crawley’s English country home to life.

Food is a constant presence at Downton Abbey and the focus of daily life and festive occasions. The enticing recipes in The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook provide an evocative and fascinating portrait of life, upstairs and downstairs, during the Edwardian era and into the 1920s.

Gray has done extensive research on the meals included in the world of Downton Abbey and chosen those suited to a contemporary palate that can be replicated in today’s kitchens.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook with a foreword by Gareth Neame, Downton Abbey Executive Producer, will be distributed in North America by Simon & Schuster.

Weldon Owen will be simultaneously publishing The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book, with a foreword by Downton Abbey writer and creator Julian Fellowes, which celebrates the characters, customs, and beverages during a golden age for mixed drinks. Drink recipes include classics like the Mint Julep, Prince of Wales Punch and London Cocktail, as well as character-specific variations.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook will be available for purchase on September 17, 2019.


Dr. Annie Gray is one of Britain’s leading food historians. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford, as well as York and Liverpool, and is an honorary research associate at the University of York. She is the author of a culinary biography of Queen Victoria, The Greedy Queen, Eating with Victoria (2017), and the forthcoming Victory in the Kitchen: The Story of Churchill’s Cook (2020), a biography of Georgina Landemare, Winston Churchill’s longest-serving cook. She is the resident food historian on the popular BBC Radio 4 panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet, and has both presented and consulted for various British television productions, including the recent Victoria & Albert: The Royal Wedding, and The Sweet Makers.