The Domestic Goddess is in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Place Mall on Tuesday, October 20, with her new book Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food so swat up with our top points from the cooking goddess
1. She’s a feminist
She said: “Women of my generation were keen – rightly – not to be tied to the stove, but the ramifications of this were that they felt a sense of dread in the kitchen . How can this be good for anyone? I also feel that to denigrate any activity because it has traditionally been associated with the female sphere is in itself anti-feminist.”
2. Her brutal honesty
From “I am so pathetic I even crave the approval of my toothbrush,” to speaking openly about her father - former Chancellor Nigel Lawson: “When I was doing A-levels he’d come home and since he didn’t like drinking alone would say, ‘Darling, come and have a drink with me while you’re doing homework, a whisky or a campari soda.’ So I did. Great upbringing, right?”
3. When she didn’t give two tablespoons about her weight
She said: “But you know women find it very easy to persecute themselves over their weight and whenever I’ve said, ‘I ought to lose a bit of weight’, I can guarantee I’ll put it on. I love food and I love cooking, so therefore, I could never deprive myself.”
4. For managing to make a comeback following that infamous court case and battle with Charles Saatchi
Talking about drugs, she said “It is a false friend and not a good idea. I found the answer was in changing the situation and trying to create a tolerable situation for me and my family. I have to say, since freeing myself from a brilliant but brutal man, I’m now totally cannabis, cocaine, any drug, free.”
5. For seeming to genuinely care about her fans
This Tweet was in reply to a woman who had an eating disorder: “Cook simply, every day, just for yourself, and the relationship will become less painful. Sustaining yourself brings quiet joy.
“PS Think of it as gaining control in a positive way. And the beauty of food brings rewards of its own, too.”
Nigella will be in Jubilee Place Mall from 12.30pm.