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

Excellent thread (via @WillTullett )

Thread (above this) and yes. These will always loom large in my memory/trauma tissue and it is all this man's fault.

Can anyone explain to me why VCs at non-RG institutions aren’t all lobbying UUK and the gov to reinstate the student cap? Asked our VC at an open forum and he just said it might have an exclusionary effect and he’s against it.

Oh, this is just fantastic. On Wikipedia, journalists (and TV researchers) and, you know, the importance of checking your sources...

Tonight: torn between knowing @grainculturehq have a beaujolais nouveau night on and not having anyone to go with so I'd look like a lonely drunk. Plus, epic rain. Plus, stupidly said I'd pick M up from the station later. (But taxis and umbrellas do exist). Oh, the woe.

I want this a LOT. Like, a REALLY REALLY LOT.

To mark the paperback release of #AtChristmasWeFeast, it's now available on @ckbk and I wrote a short, yet irked piece to explain what it is all about

Thread, petition and dear god this government is so WEARING. We don't have any voter fraud in the UK. But we do have schools which can't afford books.

#AtChristmasWeFeast by @DrAnnieGray is out in paperback today!

A delectable trip through time, stuffed full of classic recipes, doused with history and tradition, and sprinkled with the joy of Christmas past. The ultimate stocking filler🍲🎄

Order now👉


*slinks back to writing next book, but is secretly considering making Xmas pudding*

Oh, this is good..via @greg_jenner

Was too busy gabbing to take any pictures at the launch of Greg's latest book (the man is a writing machine), but this sums it up. And it is a lovely little charmer of a book, so if anyone is looking for a present for a child....

A rare update from train hell twitter: the gits @GNRailUK have laid on 4 coaches instead of the usual 12 and consequently we have people sitting on the floor. Again. Yay! I love paying stupid amounts for my ticket to get sticky trousers and a numb arse. Thaaaanks.

In which #TheKitchenCabinet series 38 takes place in Ely and @jayrayner1 briefly discusses the Domesday Book eel rents of that era (ICYMI, @greenleejw), with #foodhistorian @DrAnnieGray on home turf. #foodhistory #panelprogrammes #eels

Tweeps! Behold! The excellent taste of Mr Needham.

If you didn't obtain a copy for this year, the content is, as they say, evergreen (I.e. get one for next year)...

I held off on posting about this until it had a confirmed cover - but it's just gone to print so I think I'm safe. Official #CallTheMidwife cookbook coming your way - and I had an absolute BLAST writing it. So many silver balls, so little time etc.

Catch up on @BBCSounds or your usual podcast place...#BBCTKC

Dear @nationaltrust members.If you have a genuine love of our heritage and want our green and pleasant protected for the Nation and not for the benefit of some powerful idealigues please please use your vote by midnight tonight… link here.