Dining at Downton Abbey

Recently, one of our number attended a talk given by Francine Segan, a well-known food historian and author. Not only was the talk filled with fascinating research, but Ms. Segan herself was also an animated and engaging speaker. She took the audience on a tour of English culinary history and culture from 1912 to the 1920s—a time recently popularized by the PBS Masterpiece Classics show, Downton Abbey. From champagne de-bubblers, absinthe spoons, and pies with live birds to a brief history of the development of tea time, salads, and canned foods and descriptions of elaborate picnic and breakfast-in-bed practices, it was a very informative and enjoyable evening!

Feeling inspired yourself? Check out FrancineSegan.com to learn when her next speaking engagements are, and browse her wonderful books:

Or check out some more excellent books that are Donwton Abbey themed:

18th and 19th Century Waterpowered Industry in the Upper Housatonic River Valley


Great NEW book by beloved local author Bernard Drew!

The rich industrial heritage of the Upper Housatonic River Valley from Hinsdale and Lanesboro, Mass., to Kent, Conn., includes waterpowered saw, grist, fulling and carding mills, textile factories, paper mills, stone sawmills, glassworks and iron furnaces and foundries. Through published histories, interviews, newspapers and othe archives and visits to sites, the author looks at the impact of the manufactories on 24 communities up through the steam and electric ages. Illustrated with more than 885 vintage and new photographs, patent drawings and maps. The research was accomplished with the support of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.



792 pages with illustrations. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Attic Revivals Press. Great Barrington, Massachusetts


Price: $65.00

The Bedside Pile

Know whose Staff Picks you like? Now you can find out what your favorite Lofters are currently reading! Though they may not always make it to our esteemed Staff Picks, as informed booksellers, we choose what we read carefully-and devour them quickly!