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Over a Hot Stove: A Kitchen Maid's Story by Flo Wadlow

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Christmas is a time for nostalgia, and of course, plenty of Downton Abbey on the telly... So sit back and enjoy this delightful glimpse into the life of a kitchen maid who worked in some of England's grand country houses in the 1930s. 

At the age of sixteen, Flo Wadlow left her family to begin what would become a distinguished life ‘in service’. Starting as a kitchen maid in South Kensington, she soon rose through the ranks, working at many great houses including Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and Blickling Hall in Norfolk. There she would be in charge of the kitchen by her early twenties and even cooked for royalty.

Flo provides a vivid and engaging account of what life was really like working ‘downstairs’ and a snap-shot of the priviledged lives of her employers in a bygone era. And it even includes some of her favourite cake recipes...

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