Chefography

Season 2 Episode 3

Nigella

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 2007 on Cooking Channel
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Nigella
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A profile of Nigella Lawson who persevered through personal tragedies which left her without her mother, sister and, finally, her husband. Nigella's love of food and her determination to live her life as it is has allowed her to become a world-wide phenomenon with multiple cookery shows, cookbooks and product lines. An empire she is able to run from her home, where her heart, husband and children are.moreless

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      • Nigella: I know I'm often described as a tragic heroine, but you know, I am not, and I don't want to be thought of as one because I feel, actually, I've been very lucky. These are wonderful people I've had in my life. I am a lucky person. It's not just that life must go on. Life does go on, and whatever your life is, that's what it is.

      • Nigella: I have to say the first time I read an account of myself as being like some, you know, lascivious wench, I was embarrassed. 'Cause I thought everyone licks the spoon when they cook, I mean they do it at home. I got caught up in the moment, and I am greedy, so that's it, I have to live with it.

      • Nigella: One of the things I always loved about writing for food for Vogue, is that whenever I went into the offices I felt like this fabulous demonic force for evil representing calorific intake and, you know, a bigger size pant. So I loved that.

      • Nigella: (about her time as a restaurant critic) It made me realize that this was restaurant food, and home food was different. And I began to see that the notion of the restaurant had taken hold so much, that everyone in their homes was trying to cook like a chef, and I felt very strongly that this was wrong.

      • Jonathan Burnham: Nigella then was known as the daughter of Nigel Lawson. That was, in a sense, her early claim to fame, but it was something that she found very embarrassing and stepped away from. Not because she was ashamed at all, but it simply didn't interest her. She was keen there to establish herself as somebody quite separate.

      • (Discussing Nigella's penchant for feeding her Oxford roommates and hungry students.)
        Jonathan Burnham: The fridge was always packed to bursting with food, um, including a ready-made roast chicken that was ready to carve…
        Nigella: I don't where know it comes from, I think I just have the feeding gene.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Archive and Visuals Courtesy of Channel 4, BBC Motion Gallery, ITN Source/Reuters, Slough Observer, Windsor Slough and Eton Express, Bon Appetit/Conde Nast Publications, Chris Young Crown Copyright

        Special Thanks John Wiley & Sons Inc, Jeremy Kimberlin, Alan Yentob, JP Masclet

      • Also Featured:
        > Dominic Lawson – Nigella's Brother
        > Tracey Scoffield – Nigella's Friend
        > Jonathan Burnham – Nigella's Friend & First Publisher
        > John Diamond – Nigella's Husband (Archive Footage)
        > Thomasina Lawson – Nigella's Sister (Archive Footage and Photos)
        > Emily Lawson-Tancred – Nigella's Friend
        > Alexandra Shulman – Editor, Vogue
        > Ed Victor – Nigella's Agent
        > Horatia Lawson – Nigella's Sister
        > Nigel Slater – Food Writer & TV Host
        > Joe Dolce – Nigella's Friend
        > Charles Saatchi – Nigella's Husband (Archive Footage)
        > Zoe Wales – Team Nigella
        > Hettie Potter – Team Nigella
        > Mimi Diamond – Nigella's Daughter
        > Phoebe Saatchi – Nigella's Stepdaughter
        > Bruno Diamond – Nigella's Son

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