Nigel's notes


N I G E L  S L A T E R 
is a cook who writes.
The author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of five BBC1 television series, Nigel has been food the columnist for The Observer for twenty years. His books include the classics 'Appetite' and 'The Kitchen Diaries' and the two-volume 'Tender'. His memoir 'Toast - the Story of a Boy's Hunger' won six major awards, has been translated into five languages and is now a BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. His latest book, 'Eat' has just won the National Book Award.

Author, columnist, diarist and programme maker, Nigel remains very much an amateur cook. He is not a professional chef. His food is understated, handcrafted home cooking. He believes there is something quietly civilizing about sharing a meal with other people. "The simple act of making someone something to eat, even a bowl of soup or a loaf of bread, has a many-layered meaning. It suggests an act of protection and caring, of generosity and intimacy. It is in itself a sign of respect." 

Nigel's writing has won the National Book Awards, the Glenfiddich Trophy, the James Beard Award, the British Biography of the Year and
the André Simon Memorial Prize. Television awards include a Guild of Food Writers' Award for his BBC1 series Simple Suppers and the BBC Food Personality of the Year. 

N E W S Summer 2014
Nigel is now on Twitter @NigelSlater

T E L E V I S I O N  N E W S
A sixth series for BBC1 is in production.
Nigel is currently filming a third documentary for BBC4.

P U B L I S H I N G  N E W S
United Kingdom
'Eat' has just been voted Food and Drink Book of the Year in the National Book Awards.
'Eat' has just been awarded the Amazon Food Book of the Year.
'Eat' will be published later this year in Brazil, The Netherlands, Germany, France and the United States.

The Netherlands
'Kitchen Diaries volume i' has just been published in Dutch by Fontaine Uitgevers as 'Keuken Dagbook'.
'Eat' is to be published by Fontaine Uitgevers in Summer 2014 as ' Aan Tafel'.
'Kitchen Diaries volume ii' will be published in the Autumn.

United States
Kitchen Diaries volume ii is published by Random House as 'Stories from the Larder'.
'Ripe' (Tender volume ii) has just won the James Beard Award.
'Eat' will be published by Ten Speed Press later this year

Tender volume i is published as 'Gemuse' by Dumont Buchverlag.
Tender volume ii is published as 'Obst'
Kitchen Diaries volume ii will be published in German later this year. 


Nigel Slater is the author of eight cookery books, a memoir and a collection of essays. He is published in Great Britain by Fourth Estate and in the United States by Ten Speed Press at Random House. He is published in The Netherlands by
Fontaine Uitgevers and in Germany by Dumont Buchverlag.  His latest book, Eat, is currently being translated into five languages.






Real Food

Real Cooking

The Thirty-Minute Cook

Real Fast Puddings

Real Fast Food

T H E   D I A R I E S

The Kitchen Diaries Volume i

The Kitchen Diaries Volume ii

M E M O I R  &  E S S A Y S 

Toast - the Story of a Boy's Hunger

Eating for England 

J O U R N A L I S M 
Nigel has written an exclusive weekly column for The Observer Magazine since 1993. He has also been contributing editor of Food Monthly since its launch a decade ago. He writes regularly for The Royal Horticultural Society's magazine The Garden, and has written for Sainsbury's Magazine for twenty years.

To visit the Observer's archive of his columns click here:

T E L E V I S I O N  &  R A D I O
Nigel has presented five television series for BBC1 and three documentaries for BBC4. His programmes are shown in 52 countries. He has appeared on Gardeners' World, Desert Island Discs, Gardener's Question Time and Front Row. Nigel is a regular contributor to Woman's Hour and The Food Programme.

Nigel is not on Facebook.
You can follow him on Twitter @NigelSlater

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