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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.