Rather than letting it serve as mere eye candy, creator and writer Julian Fellowes has worked crêpes, puddings, roast chicken and other edible props into some of the series' most memorable plots. [...] viewers have embraced the comestibles they've seen on the small screen, with spinoffs including Pinterest boards, blogs and a recently released unofficial cookbook. "Because they love the show, it makes them more interested in the history of the food that was on the show," says Pamela Foster, a Toronto marketing professional who has put her history degree to good use on her Downton Abbey Cooks blog. Replicating that setting for the show requires a tremendous amount of research and logistics. Because the downstairs portion of Highclere couldn't stand in for the servants' quarters on "Downton Abbey," the production team built a kitchen set at London's Ealing Studios, about 60 miles from the castle. Production designer Donal Woods says research conducted through visits to nearly 40 English country houses helped inform what the kitchen should look like. Removable tiles behind the range allow for a camera to run on a track and film what Mrs. Patmore and kitchen maid Daisy are doing. Thanks in large part to the inventory available on eBay, Woods helped acquire original tools such as copper molds, bowls, mixing machines, mincing machines and stone-glazed sinks. Fellow production designer Charmian Adams says one of her favorite antique pieces is a wall-mounted board with flaps that fold back to indicate what supplies need to be restocked. Filming a dining scene can take 10 to 12 hours, and multiple takes mean plates are constantly being cleared and refreshed. Heathcote's tricks include dying cream cheese pinkish-red to resemble salmon mousse and serving a chimeralike entree she calls "chicken fish," or poultry prepared to look like fish with sauce on top. [...] the film crew does go to extreme lengths to convey authenticity.