by Cesca Janece Waterfield
With an intrepid spirit and plunging neckline, bedroom eyes and kitchen savoir-faire, Nigella Lawson is at the top of the competitive world of food media.
Born to privilege as the daughter of a British politician, today Nigella exclaims, “I am a Londoner born and bred!”
Yet she’s always followed her own ideas about living and pleasure. As a working journalist, she found increasing success when she combined her love for cooking with her gift for writing.
Although she bristles at the term “celebrity chef,” Nigella presided over the then-Prime Minister’s kitchen at Downing Street when Tony Blair hosted George W. and Laura Bush at his home. Laura Bush later served one of her dishes at a Presidential Christmas dinner.
With her second book, How to be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella beat out the author of the Harry Potter series when she was named Britain’s Author of The Year.
Nigella is known for her flirtatious style of presenting food; a signature that she says owes to authentic intimacy and her lack of acting talent.
Whatever the source, it’s working: a recommendation by Nigella of ingredients can send sales soaring in her home country of Britain.