Nigella Lawson

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Nigella Lucy Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is a British food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Lawson was born to Nigel Lawson, who would become Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Salmon, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. empire. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Lawson started to work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1998, Lawson brought out her first cookery book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a bestseller. She went on to write her second book in 2000, How to be a Domestic Goddess, winning her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.

In 2000, she began to host her own cookery series on Channel 4, Nigella Bites, which was accompanied with another bestselling cookery book. The Nigella Bites series won Lawson a Guild of Food Writers Award, however her 2005 ITV daytime chat show was met with a negative critical reaction and was cancelled after attracting low ratings. In the United States in 2006, Lawson hosted the Food Network's Nigella Feasts, followed by a three-part BBC Two series, Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, in the United Kingdom. This led to the commissioning of Nigella Express on BBC Two in 2007. Her own cookware range, Living Kitchen, has a value of £7 million, and she has sold more than 3 million cookery books worldwide.

Renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, Lawson has been called the "queen of food porn". She is neither a trained chef nor cook, and has assumed a distinctly relaxed approach to her cooking.

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Background

Her given name originally being thought up by her grandmother,[2] Nigella Lawson was born to Nigel Lawson (Baron Lawson of Blaby),[3] a Conservative MP, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet, and the late Vanessa Salmon,[4] a socialite, "celebrated beauty"[5] and heiress to the J. Lyons & Co. fortune.[6] The family kept homes in Kensington and Chelsea, but Lawson's parents divorced in 1980.[7] They both remarried; her father in 1980 to a House of Commons researcher, Therese Maclear (to whom he was married until 2008,[8]) and her mother, in the early 1980s, to philosopher, Sir A.J. Ayer (they remained married until her mother's death).[6] With Lawson's father being a prominent politician, one of the things she found most frustrating was the many judgements and pre-conceptions made about her.[2] There was a time when Lawson did not get on with her father, mostly during her parents' divorce, and she became friendly with her mother only when she reached adulthood.[9] Being unhappy as a child has been attributed, by Lawson, partly to the problematic relationship she had with her mother.[7]

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