- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: November 23, 2005
Meet Nigella Lawson, one of the world's most influential culinary writers and quite possibly the sexiest TV chef ever to grace an apron. She's inspired women to be domestic goddesses while maintaining a thriving career as a journalist, and battling personal tragedy. The death of three of Lawson's closest loved ones to cancer drove her to overcome her shyness and conquer the culinary world.
Born in London, England into a high-profile family, Nigella Lawson is one of the world's most influential culinary writers and has helped reshape a generation's attitudes towards eating through her relaxed writing style and award-winning television series.
The daughter of Nigel Lawson, one of the most prominent politicians in Margaret Thatcher's government, Nigella was a shy child who, although intelligent, struggled with her schooling. Having moved schools a total of five times by the time she was 18, she eventually secured a place at Oxford, where she studied medieval and modern languages.
She went on to pursue a successful career in journalism, becoming deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times. Her love of food started to cross over into her writing when she was asked to write a food column for The Spectator magazine. In 1992, Lawson married fellow journalist and broadcaster John Diamond and the couple had two children, Cosima and Bruno. Diamond was instrumental in encouraging his wife to write and helped shape her image "makeover." Her first book, How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, was published to critical acclaim in 1998, and was the basis for her Channel 4 television series, Nigella Bites. Thanks to Lawson?s unique approach to food and her effortless charm, the show became a huge success and the second series was accompanied by another, which helped push her worldwide book sales past the 1.5 million mark.
While her career was taking off however, Lawson's life was becoming increasingly affected by cancer. Her mother died of cancer of the liver, her sister was lost to breast cancer in 1993 and her husband John died in 2001 after battling the disease for over four years. Having taken time off following the death of her husband, the successful TV series and book formula was repeated in 2002, with Forever Summer.
Lawson married the infamous art lover and collector Charles Saatchi in 2003 and the following year she published a new book, Feast: Food That Celebrates. In 2005, her foray into the world of daytime television was less successful and her show lost 40% of its audience in the space of a week. The ratings glitch, however, is unlikely to dent her career. Today, Lawson's books have sold in the millions and her TV shows are shown in every corner of the world. The "Domestic Goddess" has been voted one of the most beautiful women on earth and is known around the world by just one name, Nigella.