I have a massive lady-crush on Nigella Lawson. She is capable, articulate, indulgent and eminently practical. Oh, yes, and she’s also a stunning beauty, possessing qualities both delicate and earthy. I watch reruns of her shows whenever I can, and afterward always feel that I’ve learned something substantive about cooking. Her 2007 tome, How to Eat, has become an indispensable resource in my kitchen. Nigella’s witty musings on the art and appreciation of eating, not just cooking, hooked me from the first paragraph.
And so today’s Foodie Tuesday post is a virtual raising-of-the-glass to Nigella Lawson, who perpetually reminds us to live voluptuously.
Cooking is not about just joining the dots, following one recipe slavishly and then moving on to the next. It’s about developing an understanding of food, a sense of assurance in the kitchen, about the simple desire to make yourself something to eat. And in cooking, as in writing, you must please yourself to please others. Strangely, it can take enormous confidence to trust your own palate, follow your own instincts.
…I don’t believe you can ever really cook unless you love eating. Such love, of course, is not something that can be taught, but it can be conveyed–and maybe that’s the point…I have nothing to declare but my greed. –Nigella Lawson, “How to Eat”