a truly wonderful series recording life in a Victorian kitchen. it is fascinating for someone brought up on microwave ready-meals, an amazing insight into life below stairs(with an occasional glimpse upstairs) Ruth Mott is a star, almost, but not quite outshone by the kitchen itself. the anecdotes shared by Ruth are priceless, especially enjoyed the story of a train station a leaking packet of pearl barley and a flock of pigeons! the mixture of stories about those days below stairs coupled with the time consuming and elaborate recipes are an education. would also recommended the Victorian kitchen garden, each episode covers one of the 12 months in a restored walled garden. in fact the Victorian kitchen was a spin off from that series.