Nigella Lawson

British food writer, journalist, and broadcaster

Nigella Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English journalist, food writer, broadcaster and television presenter.

I am what you'd call a domestic slut.
She loves her food. ~ Liz Brewer


  • There are two Christmas traditions I've inherited from my mother. One is the feeling that Christmas isn't complete if you haven't got a ham as well as a turkey. It means that the leftovers are much better. And in a curious way, despite the fact that we're talking about Christmas and ham, it's a very Jewish thing to want to provide a huge spread. I always cook for eight, but make enough to feed 30...
  • It’s true that I wouldn’t have written the first book had my sister and mother been alive. It was my way of continuing our conversation. It’s also this Jewish thing of naming and remembering people, and I think there is a sense of keeping that side of life going.
  • I used to refer to myself as Typhoid Mary. It wasn't that I was jinxed, I just seemed to bring ill fortune to anybody I was close to.
    • As quoted in "Reality bites" by Simon Hattenstone in The Guardian (2 September 2002)
  • Cooking aside, I am what you'd call a domestic slut. Cooking is really the only domestic activity I enjoy. I would do anything not to do the normal bits of household work - it's not one of my strong points.
  • It's like I can never watch myself on TV unless I have to do some editing before a show comes out. It's like hearing your voice back on a tape recorder and I'm sure you know how horrible that is. I always look for the worst things in myself - criticising my hair and stuff. I'm very self-conscious about it all.
  • I think sometimes that people assume because I'm on television I'm an expert, but I think the whole point of what I do is that I'm not and I don't have any training. My approach isn't about a fancy ingredient or style. I cook what I love to eat.
    • As quoted in "British sensation Lawson says cooking should be about fun, family" by Beth Cooney in Oakland Tribune (4 June 2003)
  • But I do think that women who spend all their lives on a diet probably have a miserable sex life: if your body is the enemy, how can you relax and take pleasure? Everything is about control, rather than relaxing, about holding everything in.

A woman of extremes (2001)Edit

Quotes from "A woman of extremes" by Nigel Farndale in The Daily Telegraph (May 2001)
  • I don't wear anything in bed. But I'm not ready for a nude scene quite yet.
  • I took a fortnight off. But I'm not a great believer in breaks. I don't want to be rattling around inside my own head. I did feel I was spiralling into a Kathy Burke character and tried going out, but I prefer it here. Filming keeps me busy. It absorbs me.
  • I was shy as a child. Now I'm not really shy any more, unless I'm with shy people. I find it contagious and I don't know what to say. But I don't think shyness is something one should feel apologetic about.
  • I am greedy. I eat under stress. When you are eating, the rest of the world is tuned out. And when you tune back in you feel guilty about having been greedy and the rest of the world is still there, so you have to carry on eating!
  • I don't take criticisms personally, which must be very annoying for people who mean them personally.
  • Some people did take the domestic goddess title literally rather than ironically. It was about the pleasures of feeling like one rather than actually being one.
    • Regarding her second book, How to be a Domestic Goddess.

60 Seconds: Nigella Lawson (2006)Edit

Quotes from "60 seconds: Nigella Lawson" by Andrew Williams in Metro (5 December 2006)
  • It’s not meant to be flirtatious. Listen, I don’t have a presenting style, I’m just me. I don’t have the talent to adopt a different persona. It’s intimate, not flirtatious.
  • It wasn’t really a chat show, it was a magazine show. I looked at it as a summer job. As long as no one makes me interview a celeb again, I’ll be happy. It wasn’t what I signed up for but, of course, nowadays everyone likes celebs. I’m pretty bored of them, though. I wasn’t interested and couldn’t be bothered to pretend I was.
  • ...obesity isn’t caused by those who adore food. People tend not to put on weight through eating meals. I’d say it’s people who eat non-stop.

Quotes about LawsonEdit

  • No doubt there can be a shy, reserved side to Nigella Lawson - and some people interpret this as coldness - but it is not in evidence today. She seems flamboyant, if anything, and perhaps this is a persona she can slip in and out of (John Diamond once described her as 'a gay man trapped in a woman's body').
  • Nigella inhabits a strange world of extremes: she has experienced extreme tragedy, extreme success and has the advantage of extreme beauty.
    • Nigel Farndale in "A woman of extremes" in The Daily Telegraph (May 2001)
  • She’s happy about what she looks like. She loves her food. Because she’s relaxed her true beauty comes out.
    • Liz Brewer in "Envy, Lust and Gluttony - The Perfect Recipe" by Jane Warren in Daily Express (20 September 2007)

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