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 can never think of emu in the same way again.

Catch up on @BBCSounds dear tweets....

Somewhat besotted with this book from @rubytandoh and that's before I've even started cooking from it. I mean - cheesy kimchi cornmeal muffins? get IN. Plus there are lists of further reading so it is basically written for me (and people like me.)

We now have a Christmas wrap option on our website - you can choose either red/green or orange/blue and both 60p per book Christmas 🎄🎁

It’s time for my @ObsFood column a few days earlier. In which I argue it’s easier to find great French, Italian and Spanish food in London than it is in Paris, Rome and Barcelona. Straps on crash helmet. Ducks for cover.

Very much enjoying @nickpagecomedy @CheltLitFest but I need a list of the books.... the first 7 were bang on (why yes, middlemarch is the same as austenbronteland). Now attempting to remember the full line up.... while the @Waterstones book tent is on my doorstep.

At @CheltLitFest and look at the company I keep (in the book tent...and not staged)

National Trust members please vote online for our Council. This so-called ‘war on wokeness’ is a serious issue. The Trust has served the nation for 126 years by unifying millions. Organised ideological campaigns can do real damage.

Genuinely fab series (even if I am still waiting for my BONUS CHAPTER).

Anyway, as long as the toffee pennies are OK, I'm OK.

⬇️⬇️ I love a good archive, and @ChuArchives is one of the best.

Anyone else want to hibernate? Have a lunchtime smirk, courtesy of the late 19th century. (Cassell's Dictionery of Cookery).

Catch up on @BBCSounds folks!

Thank you! - please retweet - we need as many people as possible to vote - not just for or against the resolutions, but also for Council members. Read their CVSs carefully - lots of great candidates in there.

For an upcoming episode of the Kitchen Cabinet we want your questions on Stuffed Vegetables: what vegetables to stuff, what to stuff in them, whether life is too short to allow for doing so. Reply below or email #BBCTKC

Hangover level is about 4 on the Liverpool scale. Can I go back to bed yet?

Look at these beauties! Amazing to see all the panel, crew, @EburyPublishing peeps and @BBCRadio4 commissioners in really real person tonight. Hugely proud to be a part of this. #BBCTKC (you have no idea how many attempts it took to spell that hic).

The Christmas Omelette is also pretty damn delicious.....🍳

i wrote about this country’s absolutely deranged relationship with food and class

Oh, this is lovely (one for York peeps, or lovers of that fine city).