Spotlight: Nigella Lawson

Who: Nigella Lawson

Career/Occupation: chef, tv personality, judge on The Taste, food writer

Authored Books:

How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food by Nigella Lawson

How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Summer (formerly Forever Summer) by Nigella Lawson

Feast by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson

Kitchen by Nigella Lawson

Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson

Simply Nigella: Food to Nourish Body and Soul by Nigella Lawson (to be published Autumn 2015)

Nigella books

(Nigella’s books that I personally own.)


Nigella Bites

Nigella Bites Christmas Special

Forever Summer


Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen

Nigella Express

Nigella Kitchen


The Taste-USA
The Taste-UK


What do I like about this person?    

I like Nigella’s attitude of cooking for fun and comfort rather than perfection. She has no qualms about tasting and eating the food she cooking. She loves cooking, entertaining, and it comes through in her books and shows.


I watched an interview with her at one point, and she listed her top 5 ingredients: alcohol, unwaxed organic lemons, good kosher salt, garlic-infused oil, and olive oil-but not extra virgin olive oil.

Nigella Lawson, a biography by Gilly Smith

Bookworm Bragging Rights!!!

So I don’t brag very often about great book deals. I certainly haven’t on this blog yet, but I really wanted to share this:

For those that don’t know, I love Nigella Lawson, watch all the episodes of every cooking show (not reality show) she’s done, and collect her cookbooks. The average price of her cookbooks is $35 each.

Well, my husband and I indulged in a trip to our local used bookstore. This is something I don’t do very often, because for some reason when I walk into a bookstore, I believe I have bottomless pockets and financial resources. And, if you’ve been following my earlier posts, my  husband and I are trying to stick to a budget, pay off our debt, and save up for a house.

The average price of her cookbooks is $35.

I found three in really good condition, and walked out with them for less than $20!!! The total amount I spent was $21.40, but I bought two other books that contributed to that.

So, yes, three Nigella Lawson cookbooks for under $20. SCORE!!!!

*happy bookworm dance*

Nigella Lawson by Gilly Smith


The author gives background on Ms. Lawson’s parents, walks us through her childhood and youth, before hop-scotching around her early adult years, and briefly touching on what her life has been like in the 2000s. Focuses a lot on her books and the TV shows.


I was really disappointed with this book. Maybe because I didn’t learn anything new about her. Throughout the book, both Nigella and her friends repeatedly say that “what you see, is what you get with her.” Maybe I’m being biased because in studying Martha Steward, I learned a lot of gossip and sordid details. Oh, well. I still love her (Nigella’s) cookbooks and cannot wait until I’ve collected them all!

© Cori Endicott July 2012