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Very easy and enjoyable read and an interesting glimpse into the life of a cook in England both pre and post both wars 1 and 2. Like the book about the maid, this was an interesting look at the real life of English servants. I just loved this Thanks to my GR friend Kim who said she really enjoyed this, too I felt like I was hearing Nancy Jackman s story in her own voice and that I was getting to know her in this memoir, which reads like an oral history Jackman was a cook in several large houses in the early to mid 20th century, and tells what life below stairs was really like during the time she worked for wealthy employers Some of the people she worked for reminded me of characters from Downton Abbey, altho I just loved this Thanks to my GR friend Kim who said she really enjoyed this, too I felt like I was hearing Nancy Jackman s story in her own voice and that I was getting to know her in this memoir, which reads like an oral history Jackman was a cook in several large houses in the early to mid 20th century, and tells what life below stairs was really like during the time she worked for wealthy employers Some of the people she worked for reminded me of characters from Downton Abbey, although it sounds like the reality of the upstairs downstairs relationship between servants and the wealthy families was not as warm and cuddly as depicted on the show I especially enjoyed learning about Jackman s life as she talked about how much culture and society changed in the way people lived and thought about their lives over the period before, during and after World War II She also shared interesting tidbits about how certain things in old kitchens used to be managed like killing chickens, cleaning pheasants and cooking woodcock ew I won t sayThis was a really sweet story, and I ve been interested to see that there s a whole sub genre of non fiction about people who worked in domestic service in the years before many of the grand estates faded as single family homes I absolutely adored this book and am almost sad that I finished it Nancy Jackman is a wonderfully captivating story teller and you truly feel as though you are sitting over a cup of tea having a chat Her tale begins from when she was young up until around her late 50s She is pithy and witty and extremely quotable I definitely recommend this for anyone interested in social history or English history My only wish is that I knew the connection between Nancy Jackman and Tom Quinn, the joint aut I absolutely adored this book and am almost sad that I finished it Nancy Jackman is a wonderfully captivating story teller and you truly feel as though you are sitting over a cup of tea having a chat Her tale begins from when she was young up until around her late 50s She is pithy and witty and extremely quotable I definitely recommend this for anyone interested in social history or English history My only wish is that I knew the connection between Nancy Jackman and Tom Quinn, the joint author Life below the stairs Nancy Jackman was born 1907 1989 She left school and home at the age of 14 Soon after, she found a job as a domestic Kitchen Maid and later as a Cook She grew up poor but had a great gift for storytelling and being an artist.Nancy s dream was to save her money and to buy a small cottage for herself She worked hard and saved as much as she could Being a cook was hard work, long hours, low pay and very little time for yourself Always having to live in with the wealth Life below the stairs Nancy Jackman was born 1907 1989 She left school and home at the age of 14 Soon after, she found a job as a domestic Kitchen Maid and later as a Cook She grew up poor but had a great gift for storytelling and being an artist.Nancy s dream was to save her money and to buy a small cottage for herself She worked hard and saved as much as she could Being a cook was hard work, long hours, low pay and very little time for yourself Always having to live in with the wealthy families I enjoyed the book, the stories were interesting This book was well written.and easy to follow The end is something you will remember about Nancy Jackman A simple, honest tale of working as a cook in England in the first half of the 20th century Mrs Jackman or Mrs Cook was a single, low born girl who must leave school and work Though not educated, she was wise and able to keep a book of recipes and processes in the kitchen I rarely read a print book Hooked on audio books so I can knit or garden or hike and listen , so if I do start and actually finish a book it means I opted to not garden or knit and sat down and read so it MUST be worthw A simple, honest tale of working as a cook in England in the first half of the 20th century Mrs Jackman or Mrs Cook was a single, low born girl who must leave school and work Though not educated, she was wise and able to keep a book of recipes and processes in the kitchen I rarely read a print book Hooked on audio books so I can knit or garden or hike and listen , so if I do start and actually finish a book it means I opted to not garden or knit and sat down and read so it MUST be worthwhile.Mrs Jackman never married describes the monotonous, industrious life in vivid detail I wonder if Fellowes used her as the model for the cook, Mrs Pad, in Downton Abbey While speaking of her daily life she answers a lot of questions about the treatment and workings in a house where owners could afford help and the changes that happened with the war She has every right to be bitter and a victim, yet she is not either I would love to give this to every millennial out there Yes, put down the phone and read this This was an absolutely fascinating book for me The food she had to prepare for the rich people she worked for was unbelievable Very gross And here I thought pheasant under glass was the most exotic thing a rich person would want to eat It gives you and account of what it would be like to be a live in cook in the days of the grand houses in England Most of the people she worked for were absolutely depraved, and their personal lives were known to the people who served them I respect and ad This was an absolutely fascinating book for me The food she had to prepare for the rich people she worked for was unbelievable Very gross And here I thought pheasant under glass was the most exotic thing a rich person would want to eat It gives you and account of what it would be like to be a live in cook in the days of the grand houses in England Most of the people she worked for were absolutely depraved, and their personal lives were known to the people who served them I respect and admire her for the way she managed to find a way to a better life without much help from anybody I rarely ever reread a book, but I would this one *Free Book ☠ The Cook's Tale ⇺ Told in the first person by a woman who lived the hard life as a cook in a number of England s country houses, this is the true story of what life was really like below the stairs People talk about feeling as if the modern world is split into us and them but they don t know what they re talking about If you worked as a cook or as any kind of domestic servant when I was young you knew what us and them really meantIn some houses in the English countryside, the cook had a lot to do than just the cooking and Nancy Jackman experienced it all She was expected to kill the chickens, oversee the pig sticker, deal with the tradesmen, and shout at the kitchen maids Born inin a remote Norfolk village, she left school at the age ofto work as a cook for a local farmer He forced her to stand in the rain when she made a mistake, physically abused her, and eventually tried to rape her and that was only her first such experience in the world below the stairs In this at times heartbreaking, at times hilarious, tell all about the life of a cook and a kitchen maid, Nancy goes into detail about what it was like working for people who had no idea how to care for themselves and how deeply things in the world of upstairs downstairs changed in the s, following the end of the Second World War Excellent I really enjoyed reading this book I had previously read The Maid s Tale and although I liked it this was better I tend to find novels and non fictioninteresting when written in the first person The Cook s life was extremely difficult She worked long hours from the age of fourteen Her acceptance of her struggles was amazing I came to feel that I knew that woman and was sorry to turn the last page of the book. This book is an easy read, quite fun It is sort of like looking at the family pictures of another with commentary from a family member telling you who the people were Nancy Jackman began as a domestic servant just after WWI She worked as a domestic cook until 1963 Over the years, she acquired a great many memories and stories She shares some of them in this book.