The “Nigella Express”: coming soon to a bookshelf and TV near you


Two things I will surely love for the rest of my days? Women and food. I love cooking. I love women. I especially love women who can cook, and if they happen to look like Nigella Lawson, I’m not complaining. I’m seriously, totally, definitely not complaining:

The Domestic Goddess who brought about a renewed interest in the sensuality and pleasure of food will be back on bookshelves this fall with a new title, Nigella Express. According to the Canadian publisher’s website, Nigella Express promises to feature recipes that involve various shortcuts and time savers — a big plus for those of us who want to impress the ladies but don’t want to spend the day slaving over the proverbial hot stove.

Here’s a fun fact: According to Wikipedia, in 2000 Nigella wrote an Observer article entitled “Sapphism is more than designer-dykery,” wherein she discusses her views on the utilization of “lesbianism” (read: straight women doing what appeals to heterosexual men, so, in other words, not lesbianism) in advertising, as well as her thoughts on why heterosexual women sometimes like having sex with other women.

I’m not going to lie: I didn’t see that coming. Just when I thought she couldn’t get any more attractive, she goes and discusses topics like the ambiguities and fluidity of human sexuality. That’s not to say that I necessarily agree with all of her views (for example, I’m totally OK with “model-thin boy-girls in an artful embrace”); rather, I find her even more engaging than before, and that means her skill level in being engaging has now reached ridiculous levels.

If that’s not enough to convert you to a Nigella lover, here’s a clip of her in a red silk robe encouraging the consumption of carbohydrates:

Seriously, what’s not to love? Here’s another clip of her at the Food Network’s 2007 Awards show, presenting the “Icy Innovations” award with Alton Brown:

The ice cream award — how fantastic is that? I’ve never been a huge Alton Brown fan, and this clip doesn’t do a whole lot to change my opinion of him, but at least he was able to speak in her presence. I’d probably just freeze up and smile awkwardly.

According to Lawson’s website, Nigella Express will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 6 and will hit Canadian bookshelves Oct. 23. U.K. fans are the luckiest of all, as it’s already been released there, coinciding with the companion TV series of the same name. The TV series debuts in the U.S. on Oct. 7 on the Food Network — Canadians will have to wait until November to watch it (also on the Food Network). Though her website doesn’t provide exact dates for international book releases or show airings, it does provide lists of broadcasters and publishers who have signed on, so you can see whether your country will soon play host to Nigella’s considerable talent.

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