40 | Eating With Queen Victoria
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Annie Gray is an historian, cook, broadcaster and writer, who specialises in the history of food and dining in Britain from about 1600 to the present day. In our chat, Annie explains how her interest in food and history developed, and how she first came to examine the role of meals in Queen Victoria's life. It was so interesting to learn more about the complex relationship Victoria had with food, how she used meal-times as a way to exert power and the culinary legacy she left behind.
I read The Greedy Queen a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed Annie's engaging, witty style of writing that brought historical figures and events so vividly to life. In today's episode, Annie's vivacious conversation will be a delight to lovers of food and history alike.
Listen to learn more about Queen Victoria's life and relationship with food.
- 00:25 - Miranda introduces Annie Gray.
- 01:54 - How Annie first became particularly interested in the history of food.
- 05:03 - Why Queen Victoria has such an enduring interest and appeal.
- 07:00 - How Annie first came to write about Victoria.
- 10:54 - Annie discusses how Queen Victoria's relationship with food changed over the years.
- 15:01 - Annie reads an extract from The Greedy Queen.
- 20:39- The domestic staff hierarchy and the logistics of running the royal kitchens.
- 24:14 - Recreating some of the original recipes that Annie includes in the book.
- 26:02 - How Queen Victoria's eating habits and preferences ultimately influenced the wider British population.
- 28:40 - What's next for Annie (Downton Abbey fans, you'll want to listen to this!).
- The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray.
- Victorian Bakers and the follow-up series Annie mentions, The Sweet Makers.
- Annie's website, instagram, facebook and twitter.
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I wanted to make these matter-of-fact documents, like lists of menus, come alive.
- Annie Gray
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What did you enjoy most about this episode? Are you tempted to read The Greedy Queen?
I'm chatting with the bestselling author, Elizabeth Bard, about her new cookbook, Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating. Be sure to tune in again next Tuesday!