Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison MaloneyLast year, the telly-watching public was gripped by Downton Abbey -- the most successful British period drama in years and the number -- one most-watched new drama programme of 2010. Captivated by the secrets, the scandal and the servant-master divide of an Edwardian household, viewers religiously watched in their millions.
In Life Below Stairs, bestselling author Alison Maloney responds to the publics desire to know more, going behind the scenes to reveal a detailed picture of what really went on downstairs, describing the true-life trials and tribulations of the servants in a gripping non-fiction account.
Thoroughly researched and reliably informed, it also contains first-hand stories from the staff of the time. This charming and beautifully presented volume is a must-read for anyone interested in the lifestyle and conduct of a bygone era.
The Edwardians In Colour ep - Episode 01 WnA - BBC Documentary
The Edwardians and their food on BBC Four
If any items went missing, the servants' rooms would be searched and a thief dismissed, instantly, without references. Even better, the electric refrigerator for the home was on its way. Cookit Homepage. However there was a huge difference between what rich and poor people ate. The rich spent a lot of money on food and its preparation.
Food Upstairs Sir John and Lady Olliff-Cooper are not only expected to behave like rich Edwardians - they're expected to eat like them as well. And the food of the wealthy was designed, like so much else in the house, to impress and help the family maintain their social status. Manderston has its own French Chef de Cuisine, Monsieur Dubiard, employed just to prepare meals for the family and their guests. The Chef and his Food Only very rich families could afford to employ male chefs - and the fact that M. Dubiard is French would have been a real status symbol.