These cookbooks will help you dine in the style of seven popular British shows.

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Two of my favorite hobbies are collecting English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh cookbooks and watching British TV. Over the years I’ve discovered numerous cookbooks that help me combine these interests. This article shares some favorites that will help you dine in the style of seven popular British shows.

Cookbooks for Downton Abbey Fans

Are you a fan of the Crawley family, Mrs. Patmore, Mr. Carson, and the rest of the Downton Abbey gang? …


These memoirs take readers on a lighthearted journey to the British Isles.

The Houses of Parliament in London, England (photo by Colleen Sehy)

Sometimes reading a good travel memoir can be as enjoyable as taking a trip — and the logistics are certainly easier! England is my happy place and over the years I’ve enjoyed it both in person and vicariously through a host of memoirs about other Americans’ adventures in England. I put together this list of my favorite lighthearted memoirs to help fellow travelers and Anglophiles enjoy their own vicarious trips across The Pond.

The list is arranged roughly in order of the time period in which the authors’ experiences took place. Together, they form an American view of England that…


When these mystery novels combine Shakespeare and murder, it’s a winning combination!

A bust of the Bard at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC (photo by Colleen Sehy)

Murder is a key plot point in Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Titus Andronicus, and many other Shakespeare plays. Maybe that’s why so many authors have discovered the Bard and murder are a winning combination. If you’re in the mood for some murderous mayhem and Shakespeare, here are some ideas to get you started.

“Ring the alarum-bell. Murder and treason!”
Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3

Shakespeare Solves Some Murders

Simon Hawke’s engaging Shakespeare and Smythe series follows the lives of William Shakespeare and his friend, Symington “Tuck” Smythe. The two men meet on the road to London, both intent on seeking fame and fortune in the…


This tour of New York City’s Central Park includes America’s first Shakespeare statue, oldest Shakespeare garden, and much more.

Shakespeare stands guard over the Mall in Central Park (photo by Colleen Sehy)

Spring is here and this Shakespeare tour of New York City’s Central Park is a great way to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. The tour includes stops at America’s first Shakespeare statue, the home of New York’s famed Free Shakespeare in the Park, the oldest public Shakespeare garden in the United States, and more. You’ll be covering a lot of ground, so wear sturdy shoes!

“I like this place. And willingly could waste my time in it.” As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 4

Stop 1: The Dairy Visitor Center

Start your tour at the southeast corner of the park, at Fifth Avenue…

Colleen Sehy

Writer, speaker, traveler & Anglophile (www.colleensehy.com). Author of Finding Shakespeare in America and Eating British in America columnist at Anglotopia.net

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