Nigella Lawson

English food writer, journalist and broadcaster Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lucy Lawson is an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Lawson is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Salmon, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. empire. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986.
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15 Award-Worthy Recipes For Your Oscar Party
Huffington Post - 12 months
You can’t watch the Academy Awards without fabulous cocktails and fun finger foods. Red carpet wardrobe malfunctions and acceptance speech stumbles will take a backseat to these party-perfect recipes. 1. Nigella’s Party Popcorn Slightly sweet, salty and spiced with an exotic blend of cinnamon, cumin and paprika, this stuff is downright habit-forming. The recipe is adapted from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson. GET THE RECIPE 2. Spicy Maple Candied Bacon Candied bacon (AKA “Man Candy”) has all the makings of an addictive snack: it’s crispy, chewy, sweet, salty, smoky, and even a little spicy. For this version, I use thick-cut applewood smoked bacon and slather it with maple syrup, brown sugar and chipotle glaze halfway through cooking. As the bacon cooks, the glaze sizzles and thickens into a shiny, candy-like coating. GET THE RECIPE 3. Broiled Feta with Garlicky Cherry Tomatoes and Capers Transform an ordinary block of feta into an addictive and flavorful spread ...
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Banning 'Burkinis' From The Beach Is Stupid And Sexist
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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A Good Appetite: A Child-Friendly Pasta Bake the Adults Will Love
NYTimes - about 2 years
Adding fontina and ricotta cheeses to pasta with wild mushrooms and rosemary, then baking it, makes an elegant dish gooey and golden. (Article plus video.)
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Gay Men Share Their Favorite Holiday Movies, Books, Specials And More
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Look, let's be honest: Christmas is super-gay. All that tinsel, the frolicsome dancing, mulled wine and all its fruity spices -- and oh goodness, all those holiday specials! Which holiday special is your favorite? Do you prefer the classics, like White Christmas, or do you like something more modern? Every week on my podcast, The Sewers of Paris, I interview gay men about entertainment that changed their lives, drawing out surprisingly intimate stories about their relationships with everything from Oscar Wilde to Madonna to Drag Race. For the latest episode, I invited a cavalcade of queer guests to share their very favorite holiday specials, and discovered that everyone seems to have a memorable story attached to a seasonal movie, TV show, song, or book. You can listen to the podcast episode here to get the full story, but read on for some of the highlights from my guests: Dave and Alonso Fatten Their Guests With Help from Nigella Lawson The gay-married hosts of the Linoleu...
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Gay Men Share Their Favorite Holiday Movies, Books, Specials And More
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Look, let's be honest: Christmas is super-gay. All that tinsel, the frolicsome dancing, mulled wine and all its fruity spices -- and oh goodness, all those holiday specials! Which holiday special is your favorite? Do you prefer the classics, like White Christmas, or do you like something more modern? Every week on my podcast, The Sewers of Paris, I interview gay men about entertainment that changed their lives, drawing out surprisingly intimate stories about their relationships with everything from Oscar Wilde to Madonna to Drag Race. For the latest episode, I invited a cavalcade of queer guests to share their very favorite holiday specials, and discovered that everyone seems to have a memorable story attached to a seasonal movie, TV show, song, or book. You can listen to the podcast episode here to get the full story, but read on for some of the highlights from my guests: Dave and Alonso Fatten Their Guests With Help from Nigella Lawson The gay-married hosts of the Linoleu...
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11 Reasons to Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Ok, I'm a sucker for these treacly, wonderful pieces of froth. I wanted something sweet when I have given up sweets. Can one get cavities from watching TV? I wanted romance. I have written a few things down for my husband that seem to work in these movies. Like one must go ice skating and fall down. No problem there. Apparently lying about your identity is also very romantic. I've tried to tell my husband I'm Nigella Lawson, but no spectacular gifts seem to be arriving addressed to "Nigella." I wanted to see the real meaning of Christmas. I do love how these movies just make me think everyone loves each other. Really. You just have to wait until Christmas. I wanted to feel connected to humanity. At least, I'd like to be connected to Hallmark Humanity. These are nice people. They give you cookies and hot cocoa and show up at your house at all hours of the day and night to make sure you're okay. I wanted to uncomplicate life. Who wouldn't want to live in a Hallmark town? Y...
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Christmas Dinner: 14 Easy, Elegant Recipes
The Huffington Post - about 2 years
The holidays are all about spending time with your friends and family -- not slaving away in the kitchen all day. That's why you'll love these recipes. From appetizers to dessert, they're all special enough to impress your guests, yet easy to check off your holiday to-do list. 1. Smoked Salmon Dip If you're ever in need of a festive and elegant dish to make for a party (and aren't we all right about now?), this dip will save the day. Whether you serve it with crackers and cocktails, or set it out on a brunch buffet with bagels, it's always a hit. Even my husband, a true blue New Yorker and self-professed expert on all things smoked fish related, gives it a big thumbs up. GET THE RECIPE 2. Union Square Café Rosemary Nuts Sweet, salty, spicy, and rosemary-infused, these nuts are the perfect nibbling food. Serve them with cocktails, enjoy them as a snack or give them as a gift. But don't say I didn't warn you: they are crazy addictive! GET THE RECIPE 3. Easy Buttern...
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15 Healthy Eating/Cooking Books Published in 2015
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The following 15 books were all published this year and would make great holiday gifts because they offer a wealth of recipes, nutrition tips, gorgeous photos of foods, and more to encourage people to cook and eat more healthily. 1. A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones, published in April by Ten Speed Press, covers vegetarian dishes for all meals and occasions, including breakfast, snacks, soups, stews, broths, salads, suppers, feeding a crowd, side dishes, desserts, breads, cakes, drinks, jams, chutneys and stock. Recipes are constructed in an almost food-science manner (base ingredient, choose method of cooking, add supporting ingredients, an accent, a flavor or herb, and sometimes a finishing touch). 2. Five: 150 Effortless Ways to Eat 5+ Fruit and Veg a Day by Rachel de Thample was published in February and is not vegetarian cookbook but offers themed and seasonal menus, as well as recipes, to portray how to increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. 3. Deliciousl...
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Thanksgiving Roasting With Our Favorite Celebrity Chefs
Huffington Post - over 2 years
The healing properties of cooking cannot be denied. Following a set of instructions and busying your hands is like hitting the reset button on your brain. With Thanksgiving coming up, odds are, you're going to be in the kitchen in one way or another. Whether it's slicing radishes for a side salad, or being head chef calling all the turkey shots, let this holiday be the one where you pop on The Big Chill soundtrack, mash the crap out of some potatoes and bliss the hell out. Combining my two favorite things (being encouraged to overeat in America's honor and divorce), I've taken the liberty of rounding up some great Thanksgiving recipes from my favorite divorced chefs. via GIPHY Alton Brown is divorced. Did you know that? Me neither! Maybe his ex-wife couldn't stand hearing about yeast budding for one more minute, and hit the bricks. We'll never know. But what we do know is appetizers are a key component of Thanksgiving. They keep the hanger away and the pre-dinner whining ...
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Why Eating Food Out Of A Bowl Makes Nigella Lawson Happy
NPR - over 2 years
Steve Inskeep talks to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson about the breadth of food you can serve in a bowl. Her latest cookbook is called, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food.
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Timeline
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 56
    It was reported on 18 January 2016, that Lawson would make a return to Australian television, joining series 8 of MasterChef Australia as a guest judge, alongside the returning judges.
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  • 2015
    Age 55
    On the 23rd May, Lawson was spokesperson for the United Kingdom revealing the voting results during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
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    The UK and US series of The Taste were both completed and in autumn 2015 Lawson began "Simply Nigella", a BBC 2 show showing viewers how to cook a range of dishes that were simple to cook and similar to what viewers would make themselves.
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  • 2014
    Age 54
    In 2014 Lawson was hired by a chocolate company to appear in an advertisement, the advertisement was filmed in New Zealand in May for a local confection manufacturer Whittaker's.
  • 2013
    Age 53
    On 31 July 2013, seven weeks after the incident, the pair was granted a decree nisi, ending their ten-year marriage.
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    Lawson travelled to the United States in 2013 and starred alongside Anthony Bourdain in the reality cooking show The Taste.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 48
    In December 2008, Lawson caused controversy and was featured in various newspapers for publicly advocating wearing fur.
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    Her Christmas book was released in October 2008 and the television show in December of the same year.
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    In January 2008, Lawson was estimated to have sold more than 3 million books worldwide.
  • 2007
    Age 47
    In December 2007 she appeared on BBC's The Graham Norton Show and revealed that she had once eaten 30 pickled eggs for a £1,000 bet, saying "How stupid to challenge me!
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    Her influence as a food commentator was also demonstrated in late 2006, when after she had lauded goose fat as being an essential ingredient for Christmas, sales percentages of the product increased significantly in the UK.
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    Lawson was next signed to BBC Two to host a three-part cookery show entitled Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, which began on 6 December 2006 and aired weekly.
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    Her third food-based television series, called Nigella Feasts, debuted on the USA's Food Network in Autumn 2006 for a 13-week run.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    In the UK in 2005, Lawson started to host a daytime television chat show on ITV1 called Nigella, on which celebrity guests joined her in a studio kitchen.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    Lawson appeared frequently on American television in 2004, conducting cookery slots on talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
    Lawson's fifth book, Feast: Food that Celebrates Life, released in 2004, made sales worth £3 million.
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  • 2003
    Age 43
    In November 2003, Lawson oversaw the menu and preparations for a lunch hosted by Tony Blair at Downing Street for George W. Bush and his wife during their state visit to the UK.
    Lawson married art collector Charles Saatchi in September 2003.
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    Her range's value has continued to grow, starting at an estimated £2 million in 2003.
  • 2002
    Age 42
    Lawson is a supporter of the Lavender Trust which gives support to young women with breast cancer. She first became involved with the charity in 2002 when she baked some lavender cupcakes to be auctioned at a fundraising event, which sold for a significant amount of money.
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    Laura Bush is said to be a fan of Lawson's recipes and once included one of her soups as the starter for the 2002 presidential Christmas dinner.
    In 2002 she also began to write a fortnightly cooking articles for The New York Times, and brought out a profitable line of kitchenware, called the Living Kitchen range, which is sold by numerous retailers.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    The first series of Nigella Bites averaged 1.9 million viewers, and won her the Television Broadcast of the Year at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and the Best Television Food Show at the World Food Media Awards in 2001.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 39
    Lawson next hosted her own cooking show television series, Nigella Bites, which ran from 1999 to 2001 on Channel 4, followed by a Christmas special in 2001.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    After two weeks working on Talk Radio in 1995, Lawson was sacked after she had stated her shopping was done for her, which was deemed incompatible with the radio station's desired "common touch".
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    Lawson's full-blood siblings are her brother, Dominic, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, sister Horatia, and sister Thomasina, who died of breast cancer in 1993 during her early thirties; She has a half-brother, Tom, and a half-sister, Emily, her father's children by his second wife.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 29
    She occasionally drifted into the public's eye, attracting publicity in 1989 when she admitted voting for Labour in an election as opposed to her father's Conservative Party, and then criticised Margaret Thatcher in print.
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  • 1988
    Age 28
    Lawson was in a relationship with human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC until 1988, when he left her for novelist Kathy Lette. Lawson met journalist John Diamond in 1986, when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. They married in Venice in 1992 and have a daughter, Cosima and a son, Bruno.
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  • 1986
    Age 26
    She became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986 at the age of 26.
  • 1985
    Age 25
    Her initial work at the magazine consisted of writing book reviews, after which period she became a restaurant critic there in 1985.
  • 1980
    Age 20
    They both remarried: her father in 1980 to a House of Commons researcher, Therese Maclear (to whom he was married until 2008), and her mother, in the early 1980s, to philosopher A. J. Ayer (they remained married until her mother's death).
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    Nigel and Vanessa Lawson divorced in 1980.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 0
    Born on January 6, 1960.
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