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Nigella Lawson

Self-styled domestic goddess...

01/01/1960 -

Nigella Lawson biography and information

  • Nigella Lawson is an English food writer, journalist, TV host, and gourmet.

  • She began her journalism career writing book reviews, and later a restaurant column for The Spectator.

  • She became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986, but eventually left to become a freelance writer.

  • It would be another decade before she wrote her first cookery book, but when How to Eat was published in 1998, it became a bestseller.

  • Nigella Bites, Lawson's first cookery show aired on Channel 4 in 1999, making her a household name. She published her second book, How to be a Domestic Goddess, in 2000, pushing her to the public status her book implies.

  • She is distinguished by her focus on cooking for pleasure and enjoyment rather than style - and her cooking instructions are often relaxed guidelines rather than set recipes.

  • She has sold more than 3 million cook books worldwide to date.

Book and writing awards

British Book Award - Author of the Year 2000 (How to be a Domestic Goddess). 2001 Guild of Food Writers - Television Broadcast of the Year (Nigella Bites). 2007 World Food Media Award - Gold Ladle Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show (Nigella's Christmas Kitchen).

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Jamie OliverMartha Stewart and Nigel Slater.

Books by Nigella Lawson

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