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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I've been nominated (thanks @BenHipperson ) to do 25 press-ups for 25 days to raise awareness of #mentalhealth in agriculture, a campaign started by @RSABI #KeepTalking . I'm nominating @leeds55 so I can see how they should be done.

Today restaurants reopen. It’s not going to be simple. But the underlying principles are robust. Let @HawksmoorLondon explain. (And if you have a booking, enjoy and be a great customer.)

Don't forget, dear tweeps, The Kitchen Cabinet #BBCTKC is on NOW @BBCRadio4 and on catch up via @BBCSounds - it is the latest in our #homeeconomics series, recorded in our assorted homes....

Fancy a tour of the UK this #weekend? Our Soundings new releases will take you to Cornwall, the Highlands, Manchester, Channel Islands and Liverpool! The new saga series from @MaisieThomas99 and @DrAnnieGray's fascinating Victory in the Kitchen in particular are not to be missed!

There have been many uncertainties in our 101 years of history - but through it all, there's been pleasure to be found in small things.

Our friend @DrAnnieGray (who wrote a book all about us) takes a look back at Bettys comforts in times of crisis:

Ahem. Yes. It is a genuine thing. (Now I need some rabbits...@HistoricalHippo )

Yes. ❤ #supportyourindie #booksaremybag

Apparently we have 53 eggs in the house. And a tub of egg whites of indeterminate age and amount. I have no regrets. #custard

The Kitchen Cabinet returns to @BBCRadio4 recording remotely and @jayrayner1 is looking for your questions on summer drinks, prawns, pizza and more. You can submit them to or on Twitter with the hashtag #BBCTKC

The neglect of the arts right now doesn't even make economic sense. I'm working through the industrial strategy for at the moment and the figures don't lie. Here's a selection.

BIG WOOP. (Also, reduced catering services, let us hope this is permanent, snark snark).

I did an AUDIOBOOK! Many apolz, but I could not resist doing the voices. You try sitting in a room for 3 days recording a book and resisting doing the voices.

Grieving again this morning at this awful, needless act of national self-harm. Grieving for our impoverished, shrunken lives and those of our kids. Grieving that the grinning gaslighters and profiteers have weaponised the worst instincts. Grim.

This is why I kindly urge people not to ask authors to do anything for free, especially during lockdown xxx

PICNIC DISASTERS… for an upcoming Kitchen Cabinet we want to hear about the time it all went wrong. email to

*male authors

Just finished an afternoon of filming stuff on my own with an iPhone and the crew on zoom. Almost missing sound people and the perennial cry of STOP! when a horse farts three fields over. Need a definite lie down

This is the best reopening video I’ve seen so far! Can anyone beat this? #MuseumsReopening

Some people have said that it's their choice if they buy food of a lower standard, but what happens when you're not able to make that decision?

In the UK we currently have high food standards. If you think they should be upheld, we need your help to #SaveFoodStandards

Just leaving this here. (Poulet grillé en crapaudine).