"Nigella Kitchen" Host Nigella Lawson Says Cooking Healed Her After Her Husband, Mom And Sister Passed Away To Cancer

Date October 11, 2019

Nigella Lawson is one of the world’s most famous food writers, who doesn’t like to be called a celebrity chef. Yet, Nigella has sold millions of cookbooks and fronted a stint of successful cooking shows over the last 18 years, making her one of the most successful foodies in the UK.

Cookery is not just her profession, it's something that brought peace and direction to her when she was in one of the darkest phases of her life.

Nigella lost her mom, sister and husband to cancer

Nigella lost three of her dearest people to cancer - her mother, her younger sister Thomasina and Nigella's fist husband of 5 years.

She remembers Thomasina and her in the kitchen as little girls, chairs by the stove, helping their mother cook everything from béchamel sauce to mayonnaise.

“Not because my mother was remotely concerned about entertainment for little children. It was about getting things done,”

- she says.

These great losses was one of the reasons why she wrote How to Eat as she wanted to continue to feel their presence in her kitchen and memorialise them through their food.

She found peace in cooking

Her first husband, the award-winning broadcaster and journalist John Diamond, passed away shortly after the book was published.

Lawson recalls how it was Diamond’s idea for her to write the book and she credits him for the timeless title as well. John was one of her biggest supporters and friends:

"John, my late husband, said to me, 'You always talk about food in this really confident way. You should write about it!' So I did,"

- she told according to Mirror.

Nigella said:

“Cooking is pleasurable and makes the everyday better. I love to eat but to be engaged with food only at the point of consumption is such a loss. The ability to cook and keep oneself alive, to me, is a symbol of independence.

While she missed her loved people terribly, she found her comfort and peace in the kitchen, doing what she does best.

Cooking helped her be herself and find a place to rest in too. Lawson’s books are so popular — over 10 million copies sold world over — because her recipes work. People love her, while her talent is healing and her food makes life brighter. Hopefully, she eventually found happiness and her soul is in peace as she does what she really loves!