Biddesden Cookery


This charming cookery book is based on the home life of the Guinness family at Biddesden, the family home bought by Bryan Guinness (2nd Lord Moyne) and his first wife Diana Mitford. The recipes are contributed by family and the cooks who worked at Biddesden. The many delightful  illustrations are by Roland Pym, life long friend of the family and very often to be found staying at the house.

96 pages, hardback, illustrated throughout with line drawings. Click HERE to see sample pages.


Biddesden House is a Guinness family home. It was bought by Bryan Guinness (Lord Moyne) and his first wife Diana Mitford in the early 1930s. As Mirabel Guinness points out in her introduction there are often at least twenty people to lunch there. This is not surprising with such a large family: she is the youngest of eleven children who have all grown up there.

The recipes in this charmingly illustrated book show how the whole household is involved in cooking: side by side with those left by the cooks who have run the kitchen—Mrs Green’s ‘Floating Island’, Mr Olley’s Ginger Cake—are recipes introduced by the family. They vary from amateur to professional, reflecting Biddesden life from nursery tea to dinner party. This book shows how best to enjoy the familiar ingredients of English country cooking.


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