Annie Gray

Annie Gray


Dr Annie Gray is a food historian specialising in the Georgian, Victorian and early twentieth centuries. She’s a popular speaker and broadcaster and also works as a consultant to museums and heritage sites.

Annie’s first book, A Greedy Queen, was published with Profile Books in spring 2017 (shortlisted for the Jane Grigson Trust Award). She has also written for The Guardian onlineBBC online and The Sun. You can find more of her writing on her website at

Annie is the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, and has appeared in the show since its inception, as well as contributing to The Food ProgrammeToday, and PM. Annie’s TV appearances include BBC Four’s Icing on the Cake and Home Comforts which aired in January 2015. Annie has also appeared on The One ShowHidden Killers: The Victorian HomeThe Great British Bake OffHeston’s Great British FoodBBC Food and Drink and Newsnight. More recently, she has worked as consultant (and presenter) on Victorian Bakers, a 3 part living history documentary on BBC in November 2015.She was also the adviser on the BBC4 documentary Calf’s Heads and Coffee, which won a Guild of Food Writers Award.

Annie has worked in heritage for over ten years, both as a food historian, and also advising on domestic history and the lives of servants. She regularly dons period costume and works in character, portraying long-dead cooks to bring history to life. She also trains others, working to bring to life historic sites across the country.  She’s available to talk on heritage interpretation and public history, below stairs life in the 18th to the 20th century, and of course her core area of the history of British food and dining from the Restoration onwards.

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Did a pre-record for a thing just now. Took 45mn, at the end of which both me and the tech guru masterminding it rushed for our phones to catch up on the latest in the Unflushable Turd saga knowing we'd missed at least 10 resignations. That's Wednesday, folks.

‘In hindsight, it was a mistake to appoint someone who abused his position & did not learn any lesson or change’ SAYS BORIS JOHNSON, apparently without irony.

In the basement of the Mansion House you will find the remarkable 18th century kitchen & pantries. On 29th April 1942 the kitchen became a place of refuge during the largest air raid York experienced in the WW2. Metres away, the Guildhall (visible through the window) was hit.

York, we're coming your way. Join us.

Next Friday (the 15th) I'm doing a talk in Grassington -= there are still tickets, so if you are up in those parts, do come. This link (to the Craven Herald) caused one of my friends to declare I'd finally made it, so there you go.

So with the new shop, and the departure of Meg we find ourselves in need of a bookseller. With things being busier at the new place, & with Christmas coming up, we're taking another leap and hiring a FULL-TIME BOOKSELLER - more details & application below:

97. How's it going? Well, it is now 2,175 days, 3 prime ministers, 128 ministerial resignations, and 8% of our entire national economy since ceaselessly muddled beta-version humanoid John Redwood predicted Brexit would be “quick and easy”. That's how it's going.

Ely looking lovely tonight (excitingly, am off to a BOOK event @ToppingsEly with @BonnieGarmus cos her book is bloody brilliant and everyone should read it.)

Utterly heartbreaking. Real people, who built a company with hard work, who provided a living to others in their community, ruined. And for what? The return of ounces, a more powerful vacuum cleaner, and Johnson getting to sit briefly on the throne? Shameful. ~AA

We just did a Kitchen Cabinet #BBCTKC back ON THE ROAD and it was EVERYTHING (also I wrote 1000 words on the way and now I fear chapter 2 may actually be the entire word count but that is better than having nothing so I am PLEASED).

Drunk on a train. It's been a while. Thank you @ProfileBooks and yes I am also writing chapter 2 while on the train*

*I'm not really, but I did think about it.

Passive aggressive, much. (1736, go Francis Drake).

I really wish people would stop drastically using the scenarios of rape or incest as the sole premise for an abortion. A woman doesn’t have to be in a traumatic situation for it to be reason enough. In fact there is zero explanation that needs to be given.

I'm delighted to tell you that I have a new book flying later this year, and I wanted to share the cover with you. I hope you like it

Apparently it is National Writing Day. I do not know what to do with this fact as I stare into the maw of a typically long-winded bit of C18th exposé (very ME ME ME) and wish I was down the plot.

Genuinely one of my favourite historical documents, maps like this showing routes and what's around them.

Incidentally, people of Swansea, York, Oxford, and Witham, The Kitchen Cabinet is BACK ON THE ROAD and you can get tix for the shows we have coming up near YOU here

It's a lot of fun. Come, ask stuff, enjoy. #BBCTKC (get yer books signed too...)

#IndieBookshopWeek begins! Here are all the ways bookshops make life better.

Visit them, buy from them, cherish them. Find bookshops near you:

And if you can't visit them in person, you can always use @booksaremybag

This week is HARD as evidenced by my immediate reaction to this entirely disproved statement ARGH INDEED.. (Though apparently I'm not the only one going hang on what is this mild cold crap, I'm 3 weeks in and still feeling not great thank you & 'covid free summer' MY ARSE).

A perfect time to repost this perfect Dan Susman sketch with Patrick Stewart, Sarah Solemani and Adrian Scarborough.


@SirPatStew @Solemani ~AA