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Nigella Lawson

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Nigella Lucy Lawson (born January 6, 1960) is an English journalist, culinary writer, broadcaster and television presenter. After graduating from Oxford, Lawson worked as a book reviewer and soon became the deputy literary editor of the Sunday Times. She proceeded to write her first cookery book entitled How to Eat which became an instant bestseller. Lawson wrote her second bestselling book, How to be a Domestic Goddess in 2000, winning her a prestigious British Book Award. Her career progressed the United Kingdom when she hosted the successful Channel4 cookery programme, Nigella Bites, which was accompanied with another bestseller. She also hosted a less successful chatshow on ITV, which was followed by two highly successful cookery series on BBC Two. Lawson also enjoys a flourishing career in the United States where Nigella Feasts has been aired. Her own cookware range is reportedly worth £7 million a year, and she has sold nearly 3 million cookery books worldwide.

Lawson's early career consisted of writing book reviews, after which she proceeded to write a restaurant column for The Spectator in 1985 and a comment column for The Observer. She then became deputy literary editor of the Sunday Times in 1986. It was there that she met her future husband John Diamond. Lawson attracted unwanted publicity in 1989 when she publicly admitted voting for Labour in an election as opposed to her father's Conservative Party, and then criticized Thatcher in print.

The books, How to Eat and How to be a Domestic Goddess, laid the foundation for her cookery-based show, Nigella Bites, which ran from 2000 to 2001 on Channel4. A Christmas special aired in 2001, followed by Forever Summer with Nigella in 2002. Nigella Bites and Forever Summer with Nigella both yielded accompanying recipe books. They included the number one best-seller, Nigella Bites, bringing total book sales to 1.5 million worldwide. The series of Nigella Bites, which was filmed in her home in west London, was also bought by American television and broadcast on E! and Style Network. One newspaper in the U.S suggested that Lawson was simply too sexy, but she was well received in America.

Lawson met journalist John Diamond in 1986, when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. Three years later, they were married in Venice. They had two children, Cosima and Bruno. Lawson, whose life had been plagued by cancer, lost Diamond to throat cancer in March 2001, after he had been diagnosed in 1997. During his illness, Diamond chronicled and documented his life with cancer in a newspaper column, documentary and book.

Her style of presentation is often gently mocked by comedians and commentators, particularly in a regularly-occurring impersonation of her in the BBC television comedy series Dead Ringers, who perceive that she plays overtly upon her attractiveness and sexuality as a device to engage viewers of her cookery programmes, despite Lawson's repeated denials that she does so.

She has also been featured on BBC One TV impersonation-sketch show Big Impression, where Ronni Ancona has done impressions of her, which mock and embellish the fact that she uses slightly exotic foods. For example, in one sketch, a recipe requires Phoenix eggs. In her act, Ancona also lampooned Lawson's tendency to present her recipes with over-description. Lawson's view on Ancona's impressions is "very odd but very flattering at the same time."



 


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