Nigella Lawson

On this date in 1960, Nigella Lawson was born in London, England. Lawson is known for her work in food journalism, her several cookbooks and cooking shows. Lawson attended the University of Oxford and graduated with a degree in medieval and modern languages. Lawson began her writing career by writing for several publications, including The Sunday Times, Vogue and The Daily Telegraph. She wrote her first cookbook, "How to Eat," in 1998, and since then has written nearly a dozen cookbooks, including “Nigella Bites” (2001) and “How to Be a Domestic Goddess” (2000). She has had her own cooking shows, including “Nigella Bites,” which ran for two seasons, “Nigella,” which ran in 2005, and “Nigellissima,” which is currently being aired. She has also been featured in ‘Top Chef” and “Iron Chef America.” Nigella is known for being entertaining, funny and conversational.

Nigella’s father, Nigel Lawson, is a prominent member of the Conservative Party in Britain. He served as a member of Parliament for 18 years and held several other important government positions. Nigella has openly disagreed with her father’s politics and has formed her own opinions on issues. She is a strong supporter of the breast cancer charity Lavender Trust. Lawson married journalist John Diamond in 1992, and the couple were together until Diamond died of throat cancer in 2001. Diamond and Lawson had two children, Cosima and Bruno. She remarried Charles Saatchi, a British art collector, in 2003. They separated in 2013 after Saatchi assaulted Lawson 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."

—⎯Nigella Lawson, “We atheists know right from wrong.” The Times, June 29, 1996.

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