Now that Nigella’s crossed the Atlantic, few people in the world have not heard of the English Domestic Goddess who cooks like a dream and writes like a pro – and best of all, always looks fabulous. Her cooking style is easy, relaxed and sensual, backed up by cookbooks with gorgeously photographed food and witty writing.
One of the UK’s most influential food writers, Nigella was born in 1960 and read Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford University. Her successful career in journalism included being Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, and writing the leading newspapers in the UK, as well U.S magazines Gourmet and Bon Appetit. She then began writing the restaurant column for The Spectator, and the food column for Vogue, which led her to the publication of her first book in 1998, “HOW TO EAT: The pleasures and principles of good food”. With the UK TV cooking show “Nigella Bites”, a cookbook tie-up with the sametitled, followed by a ground-breaking baking book titled “HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS: Baking and the art of comfort cooking”, Nigella was on her way to international fame, and won numerous book awards in the UK.
Behind her career success however, Nigella has had more than her fair share of tragedy. Daughter of the former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, her Mother died of liver cancer in 1985, and her Sister (who was in her early thirties) of breast cancer in 1993. In 2001 her husband, journalist John Diamond died of throat cancer leaving Nigella a widow with two young children. In 2003 she married advertising maven and art collector Charles Saatchi and in 2005, her biography by Gilly Smith, entitled “Nigella Lawson” was published. The paperback, subtitled “A Very British Dish” will be out in this summer.