White Lion Publishing acquires official Downton Abbey cookbook and cocktail book

19 Jun 2019

White Lion Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group, has acquired the UK publishing rights to The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook and The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book in a deal negotiated by Kerry Enzor, Publisher of White Lion Publishing and Roger Shaw, President of Weldon Owen.

Publication will coincide with the highly-anticipated release of the Downton Abbey film in September 2019.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 historically accurate recipes that showcase the intrinsic role that food played both upstairs and downstairs in the Crawley household. It is authored by Annie Gray, an historian, cook, writer and TV and radio broadcaster specialising in the history of food and dining. In 2017 Gray published her first book, The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria, to great acclaim.

The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book is a superbly-curated selection of 70 cocktail recipes collated by the settings in which they were enjoyed, and spans everyday drinks to those for special occasions, from ‘Ginger Beer to ‘Mint Julep', and ‘Prince of Wales Punch'.

Both titles feature stunning set photography and include forewords by Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey and Gareth Neame, Executive Producer.

Richard Green, Group Publisher of White Lion Publishing commented: ‘We are delighted to be publishing these two beautiful titles this Autumn. There is huge excitement building around the release of the film and with these books, fans will also be able to bring the Downton Abbey gastronomic experience into their homes, making them a unique and essential accompaniment for any Downton Abbey fan.'


About Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey the series is a critically acclaimed and multi award-winning period drama, written and created by Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, Nigel Marchant and Fellowes. The series aired for six seasons on ITV in the UK and on MASTERPIECE on PBS in the US. It reached more than 26 million viewers in its final season, making it the highest-rated PBS drama series of all time. It has also been distributed in over 250 territories worldwide.

Winner of numerous national and international awards, Downton Abbey's notable accolades include three Golden Globes and fifteen Primetime Emmy Awards. With a total of 69 nominations, Downton Abbey is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys, and probably Britain's most successful scripted television export. The show even garnered a Guinness World Record for highest critical ratings for a TV show, and was honoured with a Special BAFTA Award in recognition of its outstanding global success.

The Downton Abbey movie will be released in September 2019 in the UK. It is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.


About the Author

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. She is also a consultant for The Victorian Way series, featuring Mrs. Crocombe, for the English Heritage channel on YouTube. She works generally as a consultant to the heritage industry on historic food and dining, and worked for many years as a costumed interpreter, leading the service wing team at the award-winning Audley End House (English Heritage). She is a huge fan of a proper suet pudding.


About Carnival Films

Carnival Films is a division of NBCUniversal International Studios and one of the UK's leading drama specialists. The company is responsible for the global television phenomenon Downton Abbey and current primetime series such as The Last Kingdom for Netflix, Jamestown for Sky One and upcoming Belgravia for ITV / EPIX. The company is currently producing the Downton Abbey movie, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing. Other shows produced over Carnival's history include Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel and Dracula, as well as award-winning mini-series such as Traffik, Any Human Heart, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and The Hollow Crown anthology.

Carnival has received a host of national and international awards including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and has been recognized as the UK's best production company at both the Bulldog Awards and Broadcast Awards.

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