I am not a chef. I am not even a trained or professional cook. My qualification is as an eater.— Nigella Lawson
The most blissful Nigella Lawson quotes that are little-known but priceless
I was a quiet teenager, introverted, full of angst.
Sometimes...we don't want to feel like a postmodern, postfeminist, overstretched woman but, rather, a domestic goddess, trailing nutmeggy fumes of baking pie in our languorous wake.
Sometimes it's good just to be seduced by the particular cheeses spread out in front of you on a cheese counter.
I think we all live in a world that is so fast-paced, it's threatening and absolutely saturated with change and novelty and insecurity. Therefore, the ritual of cooking and feeding my family and friends, whoever drops in, is what makes me feel that I'm in a universe that is contained.
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.
I am always surprised when people read double entendres into my innocuous babble.
I don't believe you can ever really cook unless you love eating.
I never taste the wine first in restaurants, I just ask the waiter to pour.
Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on.
Cake baking has to be, however innocently, one of the great culinary scams: it implies effort, it implies domestic prowess; but believe me, it's easy.
There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness.
Good olive oil, good butter, milk - they give food taste and depth and a richness that you cant reproduce with low-fat ingredients.
I am not sure about facelifts because I wouldn't want to be someone who just looks like she's had a facelift.
Everyone wants to be young, beautiful and rich.
I don't say that scornfully: there are worse things to want to be. But that's why, for example, people don't begrudge Kate Moss how much she earns for a day's work but will fulminate over the take-home pay of some fat, old Water Board exec.
Glamour really has to do with good lighting, doesn't it?
While I am sure there are a number of women who secretly wonder whether they are lesbian, most simply have, somewhere, a fantasy about having sex, in a non-defining, non-exclusive way, with other women.
Emotion is messy, contradictory... and true.
I wasn't good with authority, went to lots of schools, didn't like the fact that there was no autonomy.
I'm not much of a drinker. I'm an eater more than a drinker. So I feel that I don't have to wait to get a hangover in order to eat these.
Gordon Ramsay makes me laugh because he knows that I'm not a chef.
Tension translates to your guests. They'll have a much better time having chili and baked potatoes than they would if you did roast duck with a wild cherry sauce and then had to lie down and cry for a while.
It's true that I wouldn't have written the first book had my sister and mother been alive. It was my way of continuing our conversation. It's also this Jewish thing of naming and remembering people, and I think there is a sense of keeping that side of life going.
And cooking is about balance and harmony.
At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety.
I took a fortnight off. But I'm not a great believer in breaks. I don't want to be rattling around inside my own head. I did feel I was spiralling into a Kathy Burke character and tried going out, but I prefer it here. Filming keeps me busy. It absorbs me.
People who have fabulous childhoods have this sense that nothing is ever going to be that good again. With me, I have the sense that nothing is going to be that bad.
In England and America people tend to graze all day long, but I think it's such a waste to be constantly picking at food because you then can't enjoy a proper full meal when the time comes.
I know the crew so well, so I forget I'm being filmed.
It's like cooking with a friend in the kitchen - you're talking, as you do, and maybe you're telling her about this wonderful way to prepare lamb chops - it's more natural, more honest.
I was shy as a child. Now I'm not really shy any more, unless I'm with shy people. I find it contagious and I don't know what to say. But I don't think shyness is something one should feel apologetic about.
I need to be frightened of things. I hate it, but I must need it, because it's what I do.
I don't like conflict.
I think maybe when you live with someone who is really very ill for a long time, it somehow gives you more of a greedy appetite for life and maybe, yes, you are less measured in your behaviour than you would otherwise be.
I am determined that my children should have no financial security.
It ruins people not having to earn money.
In fact I am quite snappy and irritable, and I don't know if I'd like to make myself worse in that respect.
I don't believe in low-fat cooking.
Then again, they're not scripted and I feel it's virtually impossible to be anything but yourself when you're in front of the cameras and cooking so there is a measure of truth in what you see.
There is something wrong about being photographed that has nothing to do with vanity.
You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be.
The thing I liked about writing about food when I started it was that I felt I was writing about food in a different way. Not like a food writer.
Some people did take the domestic goddess title literally rather than ironically. It was about the pleasures of feeling like one rather than actually being one.
Anyway, what makes people look youthful is the quality of their skin and I don't think you can change that.
But if you know that something has been really vicious, you don't read it, you don't let it into your head. What's damaging is when sentences go through your head and you burn with the injustice of it.
I'm not someone who's endlessly patient and wonderful.
There is a vast difference between how things seem from the outside and how they feel on the inside.
I do think awful things may happen at any moment, so while they are not happening, you may as well be pleased.
I don't wear anything in bed. But I'm not ready for a nude scene quite yet.
I used to refer to myself as Typhoid Mary.
It wasn't that I was jinxed, I just seemed to bring ill fortune to anybody I was close to.
The modern world is personal; people want to know intimate things.
I can understand why those primitive desert people think a camera steals their soul. It is unnatural to see yourself from the outside.