Dr Annie Gray

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Dr Annie Gray is one of Britain’s leading food historians, specialising in the history of food and dining from c.1600 to the present day. She is an author, broadcaster and consultant.

She has published numerous books, including: The Greedy Queen, The Official Downtown Abbey Cookbook, From the Alps to the Dales – 100 Years of Bettys, Victory in the Kitchen – The Life of Churchill’s Cook, a biography of Winston Churchill’s longest-serving cook and an in depth look into the most crucial members of the Churchillian support team.

In 2021 Annie published At Christmas We Feast: Festive Food Through the Ages, a fascinating look at the origins and traditions that surround Christmas feasting.  Annie has also written for publications such as Delicious Magazine, The Telegraph, The Guardian online and BBC Good Food.

Annie has worked widely across both TV and radio and has been the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s award-winning culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet, since its inception in 2012. In 2021 she published the shows companion book.  She was a consultant and presenter on Victorian Bakers (BBC Two) and The Sweetmakers (BBC Two) and has appeared and consulted on A Merry Tudor Christmas with Lucy Worsley (BBC Two) and Victoria and Albert: The Royal Wedding (BBC Two), as well as appearing on James Martin’s Saturday Morning (BBC One), James Martin: Home Comforts (BBC One) and The Great British Bake Off (BBC) among others.

Annie has given numerous talks around the UK for clients such as the Historic Royal Palaces, The National Trust and Morley Arts Festival. Some of her previous talks include Cuckold’s Delight and Mother’s Ruin: a history of gin in England, Dining at Downton: cooking and eating in the early twentieth century country house, Christmas Dinner: from Edward I to Edward VII and To please the palate, charm the eye: 400 years of food as edible art.

Annie is available for lectures and talks, Q&As and to design historical menus.

Website: www.anniegray.co.uk

Instagram: @dranniegray

Twitter: @DrAnnieGray

I just wanted to say a big thank you again for yesterday. It was a really rich and interesting conversation and I think the audience really enjoyed it.

Exeter Phoenix Event 2024

The talk was wonderful and that the guests loved it. The podcast was great fun to record and we learned so much from you. I want to thank you for taking the trip to Jersey and being such a wonderful VIP for us this week.

Jersey Heritage Event 2024

Thanks to Annie for coming to Cornwall and giving us such an entertaining, informative talk yesterday at the Hall for Cornwall. Everyone I have spoken to have been keen to tell me how much they enjoyed it and how good she was. It was lovely to meet her and I’m so glad I was able to chat with her for a few minutes at the end of the day.

Cornwall WI Federation Annual Council Meeting 2022

The talk was great and we’ve had some really excellent feedback, please pass on our thanks to Annie!”

Jane Street International: In Conversation with Clare Smyth 2021

‘Wonderful talk spoken with real enthusiasm, thank you.’
‘Thank you so much for such a fascinating and engaging talk. I’ve learnt so much and look forward to reading the book.’
‘Excellent work, thank you.’
‘Thank you so much for the lovely webinar!’

National Archives Victory in the Kitchen Talk

Just wanted to say a huge thank you from all of us for such a lovely, energetic talk this afternoon. We all really enjoyed it and judging by the comments during the talk it seems like our audience was equally charmed!

National Archives Victorian Feasting Talk

Thank you so much for making last night such a memorable evening. The chefs really enjoyed rising to the challenges you set them, and I hope you agree that they produced a great meal. During the course of the evening, your commentary was so lively and entertaining, quite apart from being informative, that it added enormously to our enjoyment of the meal.

Lincoln’s Inn Historic Dinner