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Dr Annie Gray in Ely

Friday 3rd December

  • Venue The Lighthouse Centre, Lynn Road
  • Doors open 7pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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Join us for a Christmas evening with festive refreshments and live food preparation as we begin to celebrate everything that’s brilliant about our favourite time of the year. And right now, it’s what we all need!!

For many people Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a turkey and trimmings, pudding and brandy butter. But where do our traditions come from – and when modern writers ‘reinvent’ the Christmas meal, are they really doing anything so very different? Annie Gray presents a delectable trip through time, from the earliest mentions of gluttonous meals at Christmas to the trappings and traditions of the present day. Tracing the birth of the twelve-day celebration under Edward I to the restoration of holiday splendour under Victoria, At Christmas We Feast is organised by festive dish, and features classic recipes alongside vibrant cultural and historical context. From the familiarity of plum pudding and mince pies to the extravagance of boar’s head and brawn, At Christmas We Feast is stuffed full of recipes, doused with history and tradition, and sprinkled with the joy of the feasts of Christmas past.

‘Dr Annie Gray is just one of the best! She brings history and food to life with humanity and her customary wry wit and attention to detail. Anything that she writes is always a joy to immerse oneself in’ Andi Oliver, chef and broadcaster

Annie received rave reviews for Victory in the Kitchen: The Life of Churchill’s Cook‘Zingy, fresh, and unexpected: Annie Gray, the queen of food historians, finds her perfect subject. A book to devour’ — Lucy Worsley. She’s a┬áhistorian, cook, broadcaster and writer specialising in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day. She has presented TV history documentaries including Victorian Bakers and The Sweetmakers, and appears on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet. She lives in East Anglia.

We’ll look forward to welcoming you to our best Christmas yet!