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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A somewhat pimped (but it was Eliza Acton's pimping suggestions, so totes legit for 1845) #cabinetpudding for tomorrow's #BBCTKC . Quite pleased, as normally the decoration is an arse. However, it turns out that…

Happy publication day to @KeepCalmFannyOn with this much-needed addition to the #foodhistory library. What a star.

Forced to buy @ardenandamici amaretti for the purposes of the C18th as Xmas (! It's October, grr) means ratafia biscuits have all disappeared. Jesus, the PACKAGING. Card outer, plastic inner and every biscuit individually plastic wrapped. I mean, freshness is great but.....

I think I actually went to that play. Also, he is still a total cockwomble.

Cover reveal...... and it is GORGEOUS. Coming in Feb 2020 #VictoryintheKitchen #ChurchillsCook

Still one of the best things the @BBC has ever produced.

Made butter for the first time in yonks earlier in the week... (for a thing). I feel it is meeting a worthy end...