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Nigella Lawson is the ‘domestic goddess’ who captivates audiences around the world with her best-selling recipe books and inimitable cooking demos.

Born in 1960 to Jewish socialite, Vanessa Salmon, London-raised Nigella began her career as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, before creating the foodie empire that made her famous. Despite enormous personal tragedy, including the loss of her mother, husband and sister to cancer, Nigella has managed to build a hugely successful, global brand.

She says that writing her first recipe book was a result of her mother and sister’s deaths and ‘this Jewish thing of naming and remembering people’. ‘It was my way of continuing our conversation’, she explains. ‘There is a sense of keeping that side of life going.’

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