Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

The World of Dora and the Duchess

Book - 1998
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The relationship between Evelyn Cavendish who became the Duchess of Devonshire and Dora, a culinary artist who rose from scullery maid to head cook and broke down barriers in order to enter the traditionally male bastions of haute cuisine. Details include menus and recipes.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Key Porter, c1998.
ISBN: 9781552631645
1552631648
Characteristics: 345 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm.

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An excellent choice for book clubs. There is lots of background on women's suffrage, the attitudes of women in the aristocracy and of course the harsh lives lead by the downstairs staff... stuff they don't allude to on T.V.
Writing style is sometimes a bit disjointed but does not take away from a great biography and fascinating story of a Canadian woman.

bhclubb Feb 27, 2010

This was a terrific, Canadian book sutitable for bookclubs. The story of Dora was very similar to that of my Scottish grandmother who ran away from home at age of 11 and became a ladies' maid.

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