Nigella Lawson Undressed
Nigella Lucy Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English journalist, cookery writer, television presenter. Lawson grew up in a Jewish family; she is the daughter of politician Nigel Lawson (now Lord Lawson) and sister of Dominic Lawson, the former editor of The Sunday Telegraph. Her mother was socialite Vanessa Salmon, heir to the Lyons Corner House empire; she died of liver cancer in 1985. She was married to journalist John Diamond, with whom she had two children, Cosima and Bruno. Diamond died of throat cancer in 2001. They had met in 1986 when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. She married Charles Saatchi (17 years her senior) in September 2003. Lawson came under some criticism when it was discovered that she started her affair with Saatchi before the death of Diamond, albeit with the latter's consent. (In her newspaper articles she consistently showed a liberal attitude to sexual morality, even coming close to admitting to bisexuality.)
Following slots as a culinary sidekick on Nigel Slater's Real Food Show on Channel 4, she has fronted three eponymous TV cookery series broadcast in the UK on the channel: two series of Nigella Bites in 1999-2001, plus a 2001 Christmas special; and Forever Summer with Nigella in 2002, both of which yielded accompanying recipe books. She hosted a daytime TV programme on ITV1 in 2005 titled Nigella, in which celebrity guests joined her in a studio kitchen. The show was not well received by critics and ended after a short run. Besides her own cookbooks, Nigella is featured in Off Duty: The World's Greatest Chefs Cook at Home (2005). A third series called Nigella Feasts, based on her book Feast, debuted on the USA's Food Network in Fall 2006.
Her style of presentation is sometimes 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.