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Nigella Lawson: A Biography

3.03  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This is the first-ever biography of the irresistible domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson. Born in 1960 into a family of privelege, this book covers her childhood, her early career at the Sunday Times and Spectator, her secret marriage to John Diamond, the loss of her sister and husband to cancer-both at early ages, and her tremendous success as the author of How to be a Domes ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Barricade Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mar 12, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: food
An interesting read, though poorly written. The pacing and exposition of the title character -- Nigella Lawson -- was random, stop and go, and often chronologically confusing. Long tangents were devoted to discussing Jewish England and the details of literary big wigs, which could have been enlightening, but often only served to be confusing, inaccurate (particularly some of the explanations about Jewish culture), or just plain alienating.

Additionally, if you choose to read this book, for the l
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Jul 19, 2015 Jenna Vidal rated it it was ok
I have to agree with the other readers here I was not particularly taken with this book. I almost stopped reading it halfway because I was so bored (and I never stop a book half way) but I persisted and I was glad I did as the latter part was far better.

The first half talked about her privileged upbringing and about a lot of political stuff. I found it quite alienating and really struggled to keep going with it. It was very historic and boring. It seems obvious to me that anyone that is interes
Jan 30, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: nbc-50-in-2010
Disappointed in this one, which is bad, because I really like Nigella Lawson. Read like a high school senior research paper.
Jan 18, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
I've been intrigued by Nigella for a while, so this seemed like a good book to pick up. She's certainly led an interesting life - while I knew that she grew up priveleged, I didn't realize that her father was Chequer of the Exchange under Margaret Thatcher. While she can be kind of annoying - she's super posh, and doesn't really make an effort to relate to the average person, the fact that she's had so much tragedy in her life (her mother died when she was in her early 20's; her sister died when ...more
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Mar 17, 2011 Graham Harvey rated it liked it
An interesting exploration of Nigella’s life & why & how she came to be who she is from the influence of her successful ambitious parents & partner. Looks with detail at her Jewish influence and the secular way she has embraced her Jewishness without the religion and of course where food has fitted into all of that and other aspects of her life. Some tragedies of recent years with loss of her mother & sister in close time proximity then the loss of her husband. She remarried the ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: food-books, biography
interesting to get some back story; I find her compelling because she is beautiful and busty and I like the casual nature of her books. In general I seem to enjoy cookbooks written by folks who aren't from the U.S. We have a very weird way with food and celebs. Reading through, so many of the folks interviewed about her commented on her beauty and larger size, in a way that I found quite refreshing, and in a way that I think would NEVER happen in a book here (US). I loved that part. Though I hav ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Celeste rated it it was ok
Summer trash read! Love Nigella, getting absolutely no insight about her from this book, which I paid 50 cents for at a library sale, and debatable whether it was worth even that.

But I do adore slapdash books like this - they inspire me to thinking, hey I could write better than this.
Jul 29, 2011 Karen rated it did not like it
Not terribly insightful, as Nigella herself is only quoted through previously published interviews and excerpts from her books, and all her friends and acquaintances seem to disagree on just about every aspect of her personality. The author also spends a disproportionate amount of time and effort writing about Nigella's late husband.

Despite, rather than because of, this book I still am totally seduced by Nigella's writing and image, and inspired by her tenacity at building her brand
Mar 27, 2016 Shell rated it it was ok
Thinking that this book would educate me more about Nigella I was rather let down. This book appears to have taken snippets here and there from various sources and put together in a mish mash form to create a book. It starts off with all the right intensions but by the time I got through it even the spine started to fray and some of my pages fell out. I wanted to like it but it lacked something, maybe the authors input rather than other sources which lead to me giving it a somewhat low grade.
Aug 19, 2011 Kira rated it liked it
I dont think Gilly Smith did the best job here. I found that often the story of Nigella's life went off on other tangents, stories of her friends and ex boyfriends, which I found myself skimming over, which I feel are really only there to pad the book out. If you took those parts out and kept in the parts about Nigella herself, the book would only he half the size.
May 10, 2013 Judith rated it did not like it
Struggled with this book, didnt enjoy it like I had hoped. It is more a chronological list of events of nigellas life & her fathers political life rather than a biography about her true life. Have been trying to finish it for ages & have decided not too
Jul 23, 2012 Elaine rated it it was ok
Felt this book was typical that it seemed caddy and silly in alot of spots. Finished it only because I have a bad habit of not finishing books that I'm not particularly into and I made a pact with myself to try to overcome that.
Interesting read, though I prefer autobiographies to biographies. It made me order How to Eat from amazon, as I don't have this or the domestic goddess book (though as I can't eat wheat, buying a book about baking is probably not such a good idea)
Mar 28, 2007 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2007
I don't know that Nigella's life was interesting enough to warrant a biography being written about her, or maybe the author just did a poor job of making it interesting.
Dec 30, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
I love her.
Dec 11, 2007 Emma rated it liked it
my sister in law gave me this which is not terrible well written but her life is fascinating

plus I want to cook more!
Aug 23, 2008 Linda rated it liked it
I think this book would of been a lot better if it was an Autobiography!!!
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