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Nigella Lawson

Updated on September 24, 2014

Something Smells Good

If a goddess walked the earth today I am more than positive she would look like Nigella Lawson. Tall, curvaceous, long black hair, creamy skin, a British accent and totally charming.

Ten years ago, someone like Nigella would not have graced the regional television screens, never mind internationally. She is full figured, she is forty-eight, she is a mother of two and she is a successful business woman. And women and men adore her.

Nigella, whose name means "love-in-a-mist", started out as a freelance food writer in the U.K. In 1998 she published, How to Eat: The pleasures and principles of good food. The successful book led to her equally successful television series, Nigella Bites where she cooked up a storm. Numerous books and television shows followed.

Although the face of television has been slow to change it is nice to see it is improving. It could not have picked a better face, personality or talented chef to start off with.

Quick what do you think of the Domestic Goddess?

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Her Latest Book - Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes

Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes: A Cookbook
Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes: A Cookbook

"Nigellissima, like the Italian cooking from which it takes its inspiration, is a celebration of food that is fresh, delicious, and unpretentious. Here Nigella Lawson serves up 120 straightforward and mouthwatering recipes that are quick and easy yet elevate weeknight meals into no-fuss feasts..."

Choc Pots
Choc Pots

Choco Hot Pots

I finally got around to trying Nigella Lawson's recipe for Choco Hot Pots and I have to agree they are totally yummy. The picture to the right is my attempt.

I baked them in six smaller ramekins than was recommended as the recipe is quite rich. I highly recommend you do the same as I can not imagine eating a larger serving. A side of milk is definitely in order no matter what size you choose.

You can find Nigella's description of Choco Hot Pots in the videos below.

What Makes Chocolate Even Better? - The addition of Nigella Lawson of course...

The Books

More food for thought...

Nigella Lawson has produced seven food and cooking books based on her successful food series.

  • How to Eat (1998)
  • How to Be a Domestic Goddess (2000)
  • Nigella Bites (2001)
  • Forever Summer with Nigella (2002)
  • Forever Summer (2003)
  • Feast: Food to Celebrate Life (2004)
  • Nigella Express (2007)
  • Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home (2010)

Each of the above links will take you to her books so you can read the reviews.

Nigella's Recipes

Can you smell something cooking...

Nigella Lawson's succulent and easy to prepare recipes have delighted audiences the world over. A selection of the recipes from her television shows Forever Summer, Nigella Bites and Christmas Bites are available at the Channel 4 website.

"I am not a chef. I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater."

One of the Most Beautiful People in the World

No kidding...

I first saw Nigella when she appeared on a cooking segment of a daytime talk show a number of years ago. I was instantly captured by her charm and natural beauty.

In my opinion, she is one of the most beautiful people in the world. Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks so. Harpers and Queen magazine voted her one of most beautiful people in the world on their list, not once but twice. She shared top standing with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Kate Moss, Beyonce Knowles, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Liv Tyler and Gwen Stefani; just to name a few.

It is no wonder, she does possess a goddess like quality to her... if goddesses walked the earth today.

Family Life at a Glance

The who in who-ville...


  • Father, Nigel Lawson (Politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer). Remarried and started new family.
  • Mother, Vanessa Salmon (Socialite and heiress to the Lyons Corner House dynasty). Vanessa died when she was forty-eight from liver cancer. Nigella was only twenty-five.


  • Brother, Dominic (DOB: 1957)
  • Sister, Thomasina (DOB: 1962). Thomasina died of breast cancer in her early 30s (1994). Nigella was 9 months pregnant with her daughter when she died.
  • Sister, Horatia (DOB: 1966)


  • John Diamond (1989) was a successful radio broadcaster and journalist who died of throat cancer in 2001.
  • Charles Saatchi (2003) is a successful advertising executive and art collector.


  • Cosima
  • Bruno

Read John Diamond

John Diamond is an award-winning broadcast journalist and author.

Nigella Lawson: a biography

I just finished reading the biography of Nigella Lawson by Gilly Smith.

In this neck of the woods London born Nigella Lawson is not known for her tragic life.

She's known as the Domestic Goddess and Queen of the Food-porn television series Nigella Bites as well as her growing array of cooking books.

Read My Review.

Dining and Wine

Nigella has written articles for The New York Times Dining and Wine section.

You can read her articles online by filling out their free registry.

Visit the New York Times.

The Official Nigella Lawson

Straight from the mouth of the goddess...

"You do well in life if you team up with someone who makes you feel good about yourself."~Nigella Lawson

Find out about Nigella's latest book tour or read an interview.

Visit Nigella Lawson's Official Website.

Are you a fan of the Domestic Goddess? - Then by all means leave your mark behind...

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    • SimonJay profile image


      5 years ago

      Shes a good cook and my mum likes her show.

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      6 years ago

      Big fan! She definitely is a Goddess! My partner can't stand her, and every time I watch her show on television he makes fun of her. I think he secretly has a crush on her and pretends not to. It's the only explanation I can think of! ;-)

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      7 years ago

      She's brilliant I love her TV programmes, naughty and nice

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      7 years ago

      Ring-a-ding-ding! And She's a great cook!

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      7 years ago

      Any time I am channel surfing and come across Nigella, I always stop and enjoy the show. I don't quite know why I'm so attracted to listening to British women talk. I've actually tried one or two of her simpler recipes with great success.

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      8 years ago

      I'm a big Nigella fan. I've got her book Nigella Express and every recipe I've tried has worked really well. I wish she'd quit the soft porn thing on TV though. If I want to watch stuff like that I've got the internet! I want to see you cook Nigella, not flirt with the fat middle age men fantasizing about you at home!

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      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      I found Nigella's Caramel Croissant Pudding video while writing a post over at my blog and thought I'd die and go to heaven to make and eat that decadent dish. Appreciated the read and learning more about Nigella.

    • LoKackl profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you for the introduction to Nigella. Great info. Happy New Year!!

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      8 years ago

      this particular lens caught my eye as i am a fan of nigellas great lens

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      ShopperGirl3 LM 

      8 years ago

      I love Nigella, she is definitely one of my favorites. She whips up amazing meals, and she does it will total sexiness and earthiness. Definitely a goddess to learn from.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens about Nigella. She's a real beauty. Happy new year!

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      8 years ago

      Nigella mesmerises men and women alike. Every woman wants to be her especially the way she brings simple ingredients together to make something special in no time at all. She is elegant and smart and I for one have increased my vocabulary by watching her programmes :P

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      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      I love Nigella...she's talented and beautiful and she's had an awful lot of tragedy in her life but she never puts on the "poor me" badge like so many other celebrities seem to. A very admirable lady :)

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      10 years ago

      Nigella is by far my favorite! I am a big fan and this lens is well suited!

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      10 years ago from Canada

      Great lens on Nigella 5* and lensrolled over to Sinful Chocolate Cakes. I have one of her Chocolate Cake Videos on that lens. Thanks for dropping by!

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      10 years ago

      I love her show, but really didn't know that much about Nigella. Great lens!

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      Tony Payne 

      11 years ago from Southampton, UK

      She is great and so is this lens. 5*****

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      11 years ago

      My favourite Nigella recipe is "Slut red raspberries in chardonnay jelly". The recipe is here . Seductive food - yummi. Great informative lens a 5 star performance.

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      11 years ago

      My favourite Nigella recipe is "Slut red raspberries in chardonnay jelly". The recipe is here . Seductive food - yummi. Great informative lens a 5 star performance.

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      11 years ago

      I always like the end of her show to see what she is going to get out of the fridge in the middle of the night.

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      daoine lm 

      11 years ago

      She's 47? I didn't realise that. She looks fabulous full stop! (Not just "for her age/body shape/etc")


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