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Video: 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' on BBC2 with Sophie Dahl

If you were ever curious what The BFG author Roald Dahl's granddaughter is up to, she's got a cooking show on BBC2 called The Delicious Miss Dahl. In this episode, 32-year-old former model Sophie Dahl makes an omelette Arnold Bennett inspired by the late English novelist who was apparently a big fan of the fish-and-cheese breakfast. Sophie may have the accent, but she's definitely no Nigella Lawson. More

On TV Tonight: Nigella Lawson

Nightline's "Platelist" series tonight with a segment on Nigella Lawson: "...if you can allow yourself to take pleasure in food then maybe you won't have to do that what's always rather idiotically called 'comfort eating' which is really discomfort eating...." ABC, 11:35 p.m. ET, barring breaking news... More

Cook the Book: 'Nigella Christmas'

Nigella Lawson might not be a household name here in America but across the pond in Britain she's one of the country's most recognized and beloved food celebrities. Growing up in an affluent political family, Lawson graduated from Oxford with a degree in journalism. She got her start writing cookery columns for Vogue, Gourmet, and Bon Appetit. Her first venture into cookbook writing, How to Eat, cemented her approachable, easy-going, and oftentimes sensual cooking style. Lawson showed her fans it was possible for a working mom (or mum as the case may be) to save time and hassle when cooking without compromising flavor and pleasure. Lawson's celebrity blossomed with the publication of her second book, How to Be a... More

Cook the Book: Nigella Express

This week's Cook the Book featured cookbook is Nigella Lawson's Nigella Express. The subtitle of the book is "130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast," and with the exception of a handful of recipes in this title, it's a pretty accurate description—with dishes that are either assembled and finished quickly or those that are assembled quickly and then finished in the oven, allowing the appliance to do most of the work while you lounge or take care of other more pressing matters. Win 'Nigella Express' We'll be excerpting a recipe a day this week as part of our ongoing Cook the Book feature. The first of those will be up shortly, but for now it's time to let you in on... More

The Barefoot Contessa's Empire

Micheline Maynard has a long piece in the NYT today about the mini-empire of Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa. It's interesting that she was actually reluctant to do a show herself after her first cookbook took off, because of stressful experiences filming segments for her friend Martha Stewart's show. What changed her mind? "A friend sent her a copy of "Nigella Bites," the television show that starred Nigella Lawson, the popular British cookbook writer and journalist. Ms. Garten said she liked the show, in which Ms. Lawson selected a topic, explained her menu in simple terms and often invited family or friends to sample the results." The Barefoot Contessa show ended up being produced by Rachel Purnell, the same... More

Guinness Cakes For St Patrick's Day

Live somewhere with a large population of Irish descent? Chances are pretty good someone you know (or at least the bars around you) will be observing St Patrick's Day this coming weekend. If baking for holidays is your thing, you might want to try Nigella Lawson's recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake (from her cookbook Feast), as every single blog post I've ever seen about it has raved on about how delicious it is and how it's quite possibly the best chocolate cake ever. If Nigella's frosting of cream cheese, sugar and cream sounds too sweet for you, Maki Itoh makes an Irish Stout Cake with Whiskey-Sour Icing, having reworked a Gary Rhodes recipe and added the icing. I can't... More

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