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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Nigella Lawson on cooking, eating, food, kitchen, health, politics, grief, sky, sympathy, life, future, belief and authority.

55 Famous Nigella Lawson Quotes That Are Sure To Inspire The Chef In You

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Nigella Lawson is a renowned English gourmet, food writer, journalist, television personality and broadcaster. Before starting as a journalist, Nigella was a restaurant critic and book reviewer. Her first professional job was of writing a book review for a publishing house. She was appointed as the deputy literary editor at ‘The Sunday Times’. She later embarked upon a career as a freelancer column writer. Lawson published her first book ‘How To Eat’ which became a best-seller. She followed it up with another book titled, ‘How To Be A Domestic Goddess’ for which she received the ‘Author Of The Year Award’. Lawson worked as a host for her own cookery show, ‘Nigella Bites’ which gained a lot of recognition. She has sold approximately three million cookery books across the globe till date. She also owns a cookware range named ‘Living Kitchen’. Nigella Lawson has always been under the spotlight be it for her culinary skills, her writings, or for throwing shades or for her scathing attacks. Following is a collection of thoughts and quotes by Nigella Lawson which have been elicited from her writings, books, interviews, tweets, shows and life.

Glamour really has to do with good lighting, doesn't it?

- Nigella Lawson

(In cooking), there is always room for careful tinkering.

- Nigella Lawson

I do think awful things may happen at any moment, so while they are not happening, you may as well be pleased.

- Nigella Lawson

Good olive oil, good butter, milk - they give food taste and depth and a richness that you cant reproduce with low-fat ingredients.

- Nigella Lawson

Cake baking has to be, however innocently, one of the great culinary scams: it implies effort, it implies domestic prowess; but believe me, it's easy.

- Nigella Lawson

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.

- Nigella Lawson

I am always surprised when people read double entendres into my innocuous babble.

- Nigella Lawson

You cannot truly say you live well unless you eat well.

- Nigella Lawson

Sometimes...we don't want to feel like a postmodern, postfeminist, overstretched woman but, rather, a domestic goddess, trailing nutmeggy fumes of baking pie in our languorous wake.

- Nigella Lawson

You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?

- Nigella Lawson

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

- Nigella Lawson

Also, in a funny way, if you have been happily married there are no unresolved areas, nothing to prove to yourself after the other dies.

- Nigella Lawson

Gordon Ramsay makes me laugh because he knows that I'm not a chef.

- Nigella Lawson

In England and America people tend to graze all day long, but I think it's such a waste to be constantly picking at food because you then can't enjoy a proper full meal when the time comes.

- Nigella Lawson

The modern world is personal; people want to know intimate things.

- Nigella Lawson

'Statistically, people who have been happily married and then widowed tend to remarry.

- Nigella Lawson

I am not sure about facelifts because I wouldn't want to be someone who just looks like she's had a facelift.

- Nigella Lawson

In fact I am quite snappy and irritable, and I don't know if I'd like to make myself worse in that respect.

- Nigella Lawson

I'm not someone who's endlessly patient and wonderful.

- Nigella Lawson

There is a vast difference between how things seem from the outside and how they feel on the inside.

- Nigella Lawson

I wasn't good with authority, went to lots of schools, didn't like the fact that there was no autonomy.

- Nigella Lawson

On the whole, I prefer Christmas as an adult than I did as a child.

- Nigella Lawson

Anyway, what makes people look youthful is the quality of their skin and I don't think you can change that.

- Nigella Lawson

You need a balance in life between dealing with what's going on inside and not being so absorbed in yourself that it takes over.

- Nigella Lawson

I can understand why those primitive desert people think a camera steals their soul. It is unnatural to see yourself from the outside.

- Nigella Lawson

There is something wrong about being photographed that has nothing to do with vanity.

- Nigella Lawson

People who have fabulous childhoods have this sense that nothing is ever going to be that good again. With me, I have the sense that nothing is going to be that bad.

- Nigella Lawson

Then again, they're not scripted and I feel it's virtually impossible to be anything but yourself when you're in front of the cameras and cooking so there is a measure of truth in what you see.

- Nigella Lawson

I don't like conflict.

- Nigella Lawson

I was a quiet teenager, introverted, full of angst.

- Nigella Lawson

And, in a funny way, each death is different and you mourn each death differently and each death brings back the death you mourned earlier and you get into a bit of a pile-up.

- Nigella Lawson

Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on.

- Nigella Lawson

I never have plans for the future as you never know how things will turn out.

- Nigella Lawson

I don't believe in low-fat cooking.

- Nigella Lawson

Emotion is messy, contradictory... and true.

- Nigella Lawson

But if you know that something has been really vicious, you don't read it, you don't let it into your head. What's damaging is when sentences go through your head and you burn with the injustice of it.

- Nigella Lawson

It sounds like something on a very trite T-shirt, but life is what happens.

- Nigella Lawson

I never taste the wine first in restaurants, I just ask the waiter to pour.

- Nigella Lawson

At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety.

- Nigella Lawson

There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness.

- Nigella Lawson

You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be.

- Nigella Lawson

...That Great Cocktail Cabinet in the Sky...

- Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, Nigella Lawson

I need to be frightened of things. I hate it, but I must need it, because it's what I do.

- Nigella Lawson

I put the kitch into kitchen.

- Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, Nigella Lawson

Sometimes it's good just to be seduced by the particular cheeses spread out in front of you on a cheese counter.

- How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, Nigella Lawson

It s easier to impress someone than to give them pleasure.

- Nigella Lawson

I don't believe you can ever really cook unless you love eating.

- Nigella Lawson

I think maybe when you live with someone who is really very ill for a long time, it somehow gives you more of a greedy appetite for life and maybe, yes, you are less measured in your behaviour than you would otherwise be.

- Nigella Lawson

I know the crew so well, so I forget I'm being filmed. It's like cooking with a friend in the kitchen - you're talking, as you do, and maybe you're telling her about this wonderful way to prepare lamb chops - it's more natural, more honest.

- Nigella Lawson

I was brought up an atheist and have always remained so. But at no time was I led to believe that morality was unimportant or that good and bad did not exist. I believe passionately in the need to distinguish between right and wrong and am somewhat confounded by being told I need God, Jesus or a clergyman to help me to do so.

- Nigella Lawson

I think we all live in a world that is so fast-paced, it's threatening and absolutely saturated with change and novelty and insecurity. Therefore, the ritual of cooking and feeding my family and friends, whoever drops in, is what makes me feel that I'm in a universe that is contained.

- Nigella Lawson

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.

- Nigella Lawson

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.

- Nigella Lawson

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.

- Nigella Lawson

Everyone wants to be young, beautiful and rich. I don't say that scornfully: there are worse things to want to be. But that's why, for example, people don't begrudge Kate Moss how much she earns for a day's work but will fulminate over the take-home pay of some fat, old Water Board exec.

- Nigella Lawson