- Food and Cooking
Nigela Lawson, The Domestic Goddess Who Creates Delicious Recipes With A Sensuous Flair
Food Network's Domestic Goddess
Born an Aristocrat, yet She became a True Cooking Visionary
I remember first seeing Nigella Lawson, on the Style Channel back in 2003, on her famous cooking program, Nigella Bites. On this lovely show, Nigella not only shows her audience how to make delicious culinary marvels, she does it in a homey atmosphere of refinement, and warmth. In some of the shows you get to see Nigella’s beautiful children, as she prepares her wonderful creations in her kitchen. Breakfast time at Nigella’s home, does not consist of merely cereal and juice, or just toast. In her home she would prepare Orange Breakfast Muffins (Recipe can be found in the Nigella Bites Cookbook pg. 6), A Masala Omelet (Recipe can be found in the Nigella Bites Cookbook pg 16), perhaps some Green Cilantro Chutney (Recipe can be found in the Nigella Bites Cookbook pg 19) and you would wash it down with one of Nigla’s special juice concoctions. If it’s an adults only breakfast, you might want to try a Kiwitini (Recipe found in Forever Summer pg 267), this delicious alcoholic beverage creation, gives a whole new meaning to the smoothie concept.
On her show she does an incredible job of putting together her culinary creations. She first starts many of her programs, by first taking the viewer to her local market. This is where Nigella shops for the fine ingredients that she uses for her recipes. She then shows the viewer the equipment needed (She often uses a Kitchen Aid blender), as well as all the ingredients for her tasty dishes. She goes through a step by step process, till finally, a new culinary creation has been achieved. Her food is so delicious; you just wish you could pop into the television set, and join her and her family. Like all creative individuals Nigella has her story to tell.
Nigella Lucy Lawson was born January 6, 1960 in London, England to Nigel and Vanessa Lawson. Her father Nigel was the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet, and her mother the late Vanessa Salmon, a socialite and member of the formerly influential Jewish family who co-owned the Lyons Corner House Empire. Lawson attended a private school in the Midlands, and later returned to London's Godolphin and LatymerSchool. She worked for many department stores in London, and went on to graduate from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford with a degree in medieval and modern languages. She also lived in Florence for a period. At the age of 23 Lawson worked in publishing, first taking a job under publisher, Naim Attallah. She went on to become the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. However, journalism wasn’t really Nigella’s main calling. Having grown up with a mother who enjoyed cooking, Nigella had a great love of cooking from her childhood. Lawson then decided to write a cookery book, after she observed a dinner party host, where there was a terrible upset over a crème caramel that turned out badly. Due to this fortuitous experience, she wrote How to Eat and it was published in 1998. The cookbook was a smashing success, selling over 300,000 copies in the U.K.
Nigella then went on to write other cook books. She wrote How to Become a Domestic Goddess in 2000, which also became another best seller, earning her a place among the world’s cooking elite. Her other cook book masterpieces, include Nigella Bites , Forever Summer, Nigella Express and Nigella Christmas. Her program was featured on the Style Channel, and later on BBC. She is now featured on the Food Network. Nigella does not only sell cook books, she also has her own line of cookware and instructional DVDs to cook along with.
Though Lawson has enjoyed a successful career in the world of fine cuisine and culinary creations, she is not a trained chef, and does not like being referred to as a "celebrity chef". She would rather people knew that she cooks for her own pleasure and enjoyment. She finds cooking to be a therapeutic endeavor.
Nigella's other love was her late husband, John Diamond, whom she married in 1996 and had two children with, whose names are Cosima Thomasina and Bruno Paul. Her late husband, John died of throat cancer in March 2001. She consoled herself with her beautiful children, and her very successful career. She than found a second chance at love with a wonderful man named, Charles Saatchi, an art collector, they married in September 2003.
Nigella is a very private person, who tries to stay out of the lime light. On a regular school day, she takes her kids to school and works on her books and food columns until they return. Still despite trying to keep a sense of peace and quite in her life, she is still an extraordinary woman.