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Annie Gray - Author

About the Author

Annie Gray is an historian, cook, broadcaster and writer specialising in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day, conducting her research both in libraries and in kitchens. She has worked at Audley End amongst other historical kitchens, and gives lectures all over the country. She presents history documentaries including Victorian Bakers, and appears on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet. She lives in East Anglia.

Featured books by Annie Gray

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria

Author: Annie Gray Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

What does it mean to eat like a queen? Elizabeth gorged on sugar, Mary on chocolate and Anne was known as 'Brandy Nan'. Victoria ate all of this and more. The Greedy Queen celebrates Victoria's appetite, both for food and, indeed, for life. Born in May 1819, Victoria came 'as plump as a partridge'. In her early years she lived on milk and bread under the Kensington system; in her old age she suffered constant indigestion yet continued to over-eat. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk, her life is examined through what she ate, when and with whom. In the royal household, Victoria was surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, secretaries, dressers and coachmen, but below stairs there was another category of servant: her cooks. More fundamental and yet completely hidden, they are now uncovered in their working environment for the first time.

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Other books by Annie Gray

From the Alps to the Dales 100 Years of Bettys and Taylors

From the Alps to the Dales 100 Years of Bettys and Taylors

Author: Annie Gray Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Founded by Swiss baker Frederick Belmont in 1919 with the opening of Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms in Harrogate, the Bettys name is now world-famous and synonymous with delicious Swiss treats and Yorkshire warmth and hospitality. After purchasing family-run tea and coffee merchant, Taylors of Harrogate, a fellow devotee of the pursuit of extraordinary flavour and traditional family values, Bettys & Taylors secured their transformation from Harrogate institution to household name. The Story of Bettys & Taylors: A Centenary Celebration is a compelling, illustrated history that sets the story of the business against the social history of the times. Written with the same brilliant, witty voice as Annie Gray's book on Queen Victoria, this exhaustively researched history presents Bettys' fascinating one-hundred year journey within the wider context of Yorkshire and the Great British institutions of the tearoom and afternoon tea. Fully illustrated with historical examples of the Bettys Tea Rooms and Bettys & Taylors products, present and past staff and fond readers of family and Yorkshire history, this illustrated hardback is a true reflection of the famous brand it represents.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

Author: Annie Gray, Gareth Neame Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2019

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery of the Crawley household - from upstairs dinner party centrepieces to downstairs puddings and pies - and bring an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans. Whether adapted from original recipes of the period, replicated as seen or alluded to on screen, or typical of the time, all the recipes reflect the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables. Food historian Annie Gray gives a warm and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set - a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development. With a foreword by Gareth Neame, executive producer and co-creator of Downton Abbey, and featuring over 100 stunning colour photographs, many taken on the set of Downton Abbey and using the original glassware and china, The Downton Abbey Cookbook also includes a special section on hosting Downton-themed dinner parties, and includes stills from across the TV series as well as the latest film. Notes on the etiquette and customs of the times, quotes from the characters and descriptions of the scenes in which the foods appear provide rich context for the dishes. The recipes are grouped by occasion, which include breakfast; luncheons and suppers; afternoon tea and garden parties; picnics, shoots and racemeets; festivities; upstairs dinner; desserts and canapes; downstairs dinner; downstairs supper and tea; and the still room. From the upstairs dinner menu: Caviar Croutes Chicken Vol-au-Vents Cucumber Soup Trout in Port-Wine Sauce Quail and Watercress Champagne Jelly From the downstairs dinner menu: Toad-in-the-Hole Beef Stew with Dumplings Steamed Treacle Pudding Jam and Custard Tarts Gingerbread Cake With these and more historic recipes, savour the rich traditions and flavours of Downton Abbey without end.

The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book

The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book

Author: Annie Gray, Julian Fellowes Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2019

In official partnership with Downton Abbey and with 50 stunning photographs featuring stills from across the series and right up to the latest film release, this collection of 70 delicious cocktail recipes is a lavish toast to the glamorous world of the Crawleys. With a foreword by Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey, and an introduction by food historian Annie Gray, this curated selection of recipes spans the world of Downton, from drawing-room party drinks to downstairs hangover cures and more. In addition to classic concoctions like a Mint Julep, Prince of Wales Punch and Ginger Beer, this collection features character-specific twists such as Downton Heir, Turkish Attache, The Valet and The Chauffeur. Photographed using the original lead crystal used on set, each cocktail is guaranteed to raise your spirits, whether by channeling the verve of Lady Mary, the wit of Violet Crawley or the plain speaking of Mrs Patmore. With a brief history of each drink and peppered with quotes from Downton characters, the recipes are organized by the places the drinks were served: The library (stirred drinks and after-dinner drinks) The grounds (refreshing drinks) The great hall (party drinks) The drawing room (pre-dinner drinks and hangover helpers) The village (everyday drinks) With these cocktails, relish the rich traditions and flavours of Downton Abbey without end.

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria

Author: Annie Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

From Dr Annie Gray, presenter of BBC2's Victorian Bakers What does it mean to eat like a queen? Elizabeth gorged on sugar, Mary on chocolate and Anne was known as 'Brandy Nan'. Victoria ate all of this and more. The Greedy Queen celebrates Victoria's appetite, both for food and, indeed, for life. Born in May 1819, Victoria came 'as plump as a partridge'. In her early years she lived on milk and bread under the Kensington system; in her old age she suffered constant indigestion yet continued to over-eat. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk, her life is examined through what she ate, when and with whom. In the royal household, Victoria was surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, secretaries, dressers and coachmen, but below stairs there was another category of servant: her cooks. More fundamental and yet completely hidden, they are now uncovered in their working environment for the first time. Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria was head of state during a revolution in how we ate - from the highest tables to the most humble. Bursting with original research, The Greedy Queen considers Britain's most iconic monarch from a new perspective, telling the story of British food along the way.

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria

Author: Annie Gray Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

What does it mean to eat like a queen? Elizabeth gorged on sugar, Mary on chocolate and Anne was known as 'Brandy Nan'. Victoria ate all of this and more. The Greedy Queen celebrates Victoria's appetite, both for food and, indeed, for life. Born in May 1819, Victoria came 'as plump as a partridge'. In her early years she lived on milk and bread under the Kensington system; in her old age she suffered constant indigestion yet continued to over-eat. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk, her life is examined through what she ate, when and with whom. In the royal household, Victoria was surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, secretaries, dressers and coachmen, but below stairs there was another category of servant: her cooks. More fundamental and yet completely hidden, they are now uncovered in their working environment for the first time.

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Ailie Stuart A Story of School Life. with Illustrations.

Ailie Stuart A Story of School Life. with Illustrations.

Author: Annie Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

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