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Known for her intimate, relaxed cooking style, Nigella Lawson is the author of the bestselling books How to Eat, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella Bites, Forever Summer, Nigella Express, and Feast. She has also hosted Food Network television programs Nigella Bites and Nigella Feasts.
After graduating from the University of Oxford, Nigella worked as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines.
In 1998, Lawson brought out her first cookery book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a bestseller. In 2000, How to Be a Domestic Goddess won the British Book Award for Author of the Year. In 2001, the Nigella Bites television series won a Guild of Food Writers Award, and in 2002, she was named "Tastemaker of the Year" at Bon Appétit’s American Food & Entertaining Awards. Nigella is a former columnist for the Dining In section of the New York Times and has been a frequent guest on the Today show. She lives in London with her family. You can find Nigella online at www.nigella.com.
Nigella collects cookie cutters and asks friends to bring them back from far-flung travels. How many does she have? Easily more than 100.