Aprons and Silver Spoons
The Heartwarming Memoirs of A 1930s Kitchen MaidBook - 2013
What was it really like to live below stairs in the 1930s?
At just fourteen, Mollie Moran left behind her days of running wild in the Norfolk countryside to take up a position in the kitchens of a stately London townhouse. Scrubbing doorsteps and polishing copper pans, she soon learned the ways of the house, rising at dawn each day to light the stove and working her fingers to the bone til dusk to avoid Cook's sharp tongue.
Getting through the endless chores, mucking about with her fellow servants, sneaking out with her best friend Flo the kitchen maid to go dancing at night and flirting with Alan the footman and Harrods' errand boys, Mollie quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a part of the house's own peculiar customs and rituals.
In Aprons and Silver Spoons , we see the 'upstairs, downstairs' world through Mollie's eyes- the politics and scandals, the friendships and secret liaisons, the many comings and goings. But soon the war would change Mollie's world, and that of those she served, forever.
Complete with recipes and household tips from a real 1930's kitchen!