Annie Gray

Annie Gray

Food History | English Heritage

Annie Gray is one of Britain’s leading food historians. She specialises in British food and dining from c.1650–1950, and works as a consultant, broadcaster, speaker and author. Her previous books include The Greedy Queen, Victory in the Kitchen and The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook. She is the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s culinary panel programme The Kitchen Cabinet and both consults for and appears in TV programmes such as Victorian Bakers and Victoria and Albert: The Wedding.

HOW TO COOK THE VICTORIAN WAY WITH MRS CROCOMBE

HOW TO COOK THE VICTORIAN WAY WITH MRS CROCOMBE

“This is an extraordinary coffee table cookbook. You not only get the backstory to the original cookbook, written by a descendant, you get a biography of Avis Croocombe. The recipes are primarily upscale manor house recipes, although the last chapters deal with nursery foods, invalid foods, and ‘the poor’ … Very cool.” 

Libby

“The most perfect blend of history and cooking. I thoroughly enjoyed learning each titbit about how or why a certain food was prepared, or why it was named that way. There are quite a few recipes I would love to try. Perhaps a Victorian-esque tea party is in order?” 

Alyssa
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“An absolute delight from cover to cover. Having slogged through all 1000+ pages of Mrs Beeton in a state of near-constant bewilderment, I deeply appreciated the notes and modernization on each page of Mrs Crocombe. Everyone who is interested in Victorian cookery, YouTube fan or not, should start here.”

Henry

 

“Wonderful book. Catches you in a world of Victorian England with some of the recipes, and at the end of the book is a section of the recipes in her original writing together with the spelling errors and corrections which are charming. Don’t think I will be making the brain cakes, but wonderful historical references and pictures of all the people mentioned in the various videos that people will have seen.” 

Jude

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