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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Annie Gray @DrAnnieGray

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We are excited to be hosting @DrAnnieGray, a food historian who has worked on both TV & radio. In her talk, Spaddles & Sorbets: A history of Ice Cream, Annie will explore the rich history of a chilly delight, join us on 22 July by booking online

Okay, so who would be interested in a printing / rare books / fine press summer school in beautiful York? And by interested, I mean either attending or joining the faculty / partnering up.

Reminding historian followers of this research opportunity ... please feel free to share!

Rolling forth..... like we do. With @darbydorras @jayrayner1 @andisn16 @timhayward and @jordanbourk about to consume shitload of pizza with a really stunning view. #bbctkc is back with you on June 29th. May your cheers be voluminous and your appetites large.

Aaaaaand we are BACK. #BBCTKC. (Tix for the run via the BBC be in the audience website as per usual).

I'm quite full.

I'm just going to leave this here.... (the larks have been BONED and stuffed and are served with force meat eggs in artichoke bottoms. Thank you, late C19).

Hmm. Concentrate on your breathing, quoth the yoga teacher. Not so easy when the stench of the man next to me's shoes is overpowering my every intake. Bleurrrrrrk.