Nigella Lawson

On this date in 1960, Nigella Lawson was born in London to wealthy parents. She is known for her work in food journalism and books and as the host of several cooking shows. She attended the University of Oxford and graduated with a degree in medieval and modern languages. Lawson began her career by writing for several publications, including the Sunday Times, Vogue and the Daily Telegraph. She wrote her first cookbook, How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, in 1998, and since then has written about a dozen cookbooks, including Nigella Bites (2001) and the most recent as of this writing, At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking (2017).

She has had her own cooking shows, including “Nigella Bites” (1999-2001), “Nigella” (2005), "Nigellissima” (2012) and "Nigella: At My Table" (2017). She has also been featured on "Top Chef" and “Iron Chef America.”

Lawson married journalist John Diamond in 1992. They had a daughter, Cosima, and a son, Bruno, before Diamond died at age 47 of throat cancer in 2001. She married art collector Charles Saatchi in 2003. They separated in 2013 and divorced after Saatchi assaulted her in public.

“I was brought up an atheist and have always remained so. But at no time was I led to believe that morality was unimportant or that good and bad did not exist. I believe passionately in the need to distinguish between right and wrong and am somewhat confounded by being told I need God, Jesus or a clergyman to help me to do so."

—Lawson, “We atheists know right from wrong,” The Times of London (June 29, 1996)

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