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Nigella Lawson Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson

London, England

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• Her father was Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and her mother was an heiress to the Lyons Corner House empire.

• Began her career as a book editor and restaurant reviewer.

• Became deputy literary editor of London's Sunday Times in 1986.

• Embarked on a freelance career and wrote for several newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and British Vogue.

• Published her first cookbook, How to Eat, in 1998. 

• Hosted her first TV cooking show, Nigella Bites, in 1999.

• Was named British Book Awards Author of the Year in 2001 for her second book, How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking.

• Was listed as one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2002.

• Introduced the Living Kitchen line of products in 2003.

• Known for her voluptuousness and flirty manner, she's been dubbed "the queen of food porn."