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

SUGAR COMA. There is a kilo of chocolate in this pie. I'm dying a bit.

The cooks are back in the Kitchens at @HRP_palaces #HamptonCourtPalace from this Saturday, 31 July, daily from 10.00-17.30 through to August 30. There'll be roasting on weekends and assorted cookery and kitchen tasks at all other times. Can't wait to see you there

Sometimes I feel a swell of civic pride.

God, Ely council sucks. An amusing bit of fluff on the side of a pub on a dismal street corner, offending precisely no-one (it's smaller than the average shed) and they get all gnarly. But ask them to sort out bike routes or put recycling facilities out for the boaters - pfft

Our event for @OpenCambridgeUK in Sep features in this preview...renowned food historian @DrAnnieGray will reveal what the Churchills ate in "The Cook, The PM, His Wife and Their Foodways: archival adventures concerning the Churchills and their food"

Kudos to the small, now extremely plump sparrow which got into my fruit cage and gorged itself on mulberries, forcing me to rush out and free it in my slightly shorter than socially acceptable PJs this morning. Passive aggressive neighbour was, of course, just passing to comment.

Curator, Collecting Covid Project, History of Science Museum, University of Oxford, UK @HSMOxford | 24 months fixed term | full-time | £32,817 — £40,322 per annum | deadline 12 noon Friday 20 August 2021

‘Produce cheap food’

‘But what about...’

‘No buts... just do it’

FF 40 yrs

‘You’ve fucked the environment, and are nasty’

‘Yeh, but you...’

‘No buts, we are done with you and want to eat synthetic food now’


Watching a lengthy YOUR FOOD WILL KILL YOU / IT'S ALL A RIP OFF programme on French TV. So far we've had the Brotherhood of the Cured Sausage (men in capes); People Lying About Olives and still to come is Alcohol-Free Wine what even is that. I've missed these programmes.

Dark times. The cocktail bar on top of @WaterstonesPicc has closed. It was one of my favourite places to hide in the melee of a London Saturday. Where can I go now, dear tweeps? I'm in mourning.

Dawn Butler MP accused Boris Johnson of lying yesterday, and was asked to leave the House of Commons.

We do not know if the PM was ‘lying’. But the majority of Mr Johnson’s claims that Ms Butler mentioned were either false or misleading.

Thread 👇

Woop! And catch up on @BBCSounds etc.

Behold the new TKC hashtag #ShowUsYourHenge

FFS @greateranglia, taking away all of the parking machines only works if your app does. But yeah, totally standing swearing at my phone while Google tells me the site is unsafe is how I want to start my weekend. Good to see the new normal is as shite as the old one.

Oh, I love research where you spend ages extracting data from crabbily written pages only to find it isn't by who you thought it was and actually you have no idea who wrote it. Tfif etc.

Anyone know if anyone has done analysis of the 1766 (or around that era but no later than 1785) Kent's Directories (or other London trade directories). It isn't an area I'm familiar with, and I could do with some vague stats on gender in particular. @HistoryHannahB ?

Hellllllp I can't stop staring at this and we are recording a Kitchen Cabinet next week and I keep wanting to make it even though we aren't meeting in person and M has starkly refused to even consider eating it. Also, this is the tip of the iceberg.

This month's random #giveaway for subscribers to my author newsletter is the extremely enjoyable Victory in the Kitchen by @DrAnnieGray. If you'd like to sign up for regular features, behind the scenes updates, and future #nonfiction giveaways, just go to

'England used to be the spade. Now it is the sea gull'. Spot on. Via @nytimes

England Is ‘Free.’ And in Total Chaos.