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.

The Sweet Makers – new three-part series beginning Wednesday 19th July on BBC2


Annie Gray @DrAnnieGray

Just posted a photo

Long but worth-reading thread on one effect of Brexit on wine. Thank you Daniel for taking the time.

"Wine per bottle on retail will increase by at least £1 per bottle for mass market products, for niche small batch wines you're looking at £1.50 or even £2.00"

On NOW. Or catch up via @BBCSounds - and you, too can be in our live virtual audience should you wish to....just head to the BBC be in the audience page. #BBCTKC

Got Victorian with my potatoes, innit. Ring mould of GLORY.

We are recruiting for a new Chair here at Landmark. Read more about the role and apply here:
#Trustee #LandmarkTrust #share

Sale continues and new lines added!
These are quiet months at the best of times, but with no live events on the horizon, this month is proving to be a toughie (and I’m still not eligible for any financial help) 😔 #ChooseBookshops #excluded #ExcludedUK

Catching up on the delightful #youredeadtome, Christmas ep, with @greg_jenner and @FernRiddell and MASSIVE CHEERING at the rec to read Mary Elizabeth Braddon, not sodding Dickens. MEB rocks.

Can anyone who knows about textiles comment on the date of this stunning binding @theULSpecColl?

Anyone out there got the 1971 @EburyPublishing edition of Delia Smith's 'How to Cheat at Xmas'? I have a reference from the 1973 edition I'd like to check. (Yes this is obscure, yes this is detailed, yes this is writing books). Tar.

Moving as usual from 'that is a lot of words to write on this topic' through 'should hit the target' to 'bollocks, I need to cut 5000 words out'. Trifle section, I am LOOKING AT YOU.

I promised you all some big news, and here it is! The Recipes Project is relaunching with its September edition, and you can read all about it here:

But, this is Twitter, which means you can read all the details in this


Here is a thread on "bad Enlightenment takes" in the context of the culture war.

This one is a few months old, but because it exemplifies a lot of problems with an increasingly common genre of argument, I want to point a few of them out.

The third of our topics for our forthcoming Kitchen Cabinet is right at the heart of so many dishes. It is: ONIONS. If you want to know yours, ask the panel anything: uses, recipes, methods, varieties. Ask us in the replies or email #BBCTKC

And if you missed this afternoon's #BBCTKC programme its on iplayer now.. @ChefJeremyPang & @shelinacooks & @zoelaughlin & I talk mussels, 1970's food, egg frying and music to cook to (it's not all KitchenDiscos...)

I've bought a fitbit, in an attempt to do more than static biking while binging on the West Wing. Have immediately told it to stop with the mindfulness and not give me notifications. Fear it could go all horribly wrong. (But it has a timer, useful for cakes, right?).

Finally, something fabulous. With interface changes (!) a potential model for the turd which is wikipedia. Eurekoi is questions - with answers from librarians. All I want for Xmas is a peer-reviewed version of wiki with no trolling allowed (etc). e.g.

No10 claim there isn't a clamour for vaccines after 8pm. In fairness, we haven't been allowed to clamour for them. POLL: Would you accept a vaccine at 2am?

Today, dear tweeps, we went Edwardian. Kidneys in a rice timbale and banana custards, basically. Oh yes.