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Friday is cookbook review day throughout the summer here at Fake Food Free. If you have a love of cookbooks be sure to swing back by for plenty of new ideas and recipes.

Have you ever envisioned what it would be like to live during a different time in history?

As a kid I can remember being crazy about Little House on the Prairie. I really wanted to be that Laura Ingalls. At that point, food didn't play a part in my fascination, but the rustic kitchen, farm life and fishing by the creek did. Despite the cold nights and TV drama, it looked like so much fun!

Given that little piece of my past and my love of travel you'd think I would have been a shoo-in for Downton Abbey. I was such a late blooming fan. I didn't see the draw at all for the first two seasons. Then I watched my first episode and it all went down hill.

Hooked, binged watched and I'm anxiously awaiting what will happen next like everyone else.

I bet you can guess my favorite scenes. Yep, the kitchen. I love catching glimpses of what might have been prepared and served during that time.

It's one reason why I've found Edwardian Cooking by Larry Edwards so interesting! Like the show, it's a bit of fantasy meets history and it's just plain fun!

Even though Downton Abbey is fictional, similar scenarios existed during that time and the book goes into detail about the foods that were likely eaten. It is history lesson slash cookbook and provides 80 recipes inspired by Downton Abbey's elegant meals so that you can recreate them.

I was drawn to the section devoted to High Tea recipes �C the crumpets, finger sandwiches and cookies. I decided to make the one recipe that is direct opposite of my personality.

I've been described with many words, but dainty certainly isn't one of them. Aside from giving me a giggle, the ingredients were right up my alley and I love the story about how ladies were reminded to remove their gloves to prevent getting butter stains. You can read about that below.

These little tea biscuits are just barely sweet. It reminds me of my favorite scones from Ireland. They are nothing like the scones here in the States. Just a touch of sugar and fruit make them sweet, just like a touch of sweetener and coconut takes the edge off the savory, buttery flavor of these little ladies. They have a nutty, shortbread-like taste and texture making them perfect for a tea or coffee break.

A note on ingredients. I had sweetened coconut on hand from another recipe so I used that. The recipe doesn't clarify, but if you want them to be more of a cookie, I'd do the same. It adds just a little more sweetness.

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