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(article, Culinate staff)

Fans of the British television period drama '"Downton  might appreciate NPR's recent post on its food blog, the Salt: Why was British cuisine so bad for so long? And how did it go from the decadent spreads in Downton to the bland food that Brits later became renowned for?

Short answer: World War I, which sent many domestic servants abroad. Rations and reduced food imports compounded the issue, making even basic staples scarce commodities. And when World War II rations extended well into the mid-1950s, the effects on British food became long-lasting.

While we're on the topic, we also stumbled across this gem for Downton fans and foodies alike: a blog dedicated to recreating the food featured on the show.