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   Thank you for all your kind messages about 'Eat' winning the National Book Awards.
NIGEL SLATER is a cook who writes. The author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of five BBC1 television series, he has been food columnist for The Observer for twenty years. His books include the classics Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries and the critically acclaimed, two-volume Tender. His award winning 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 - The Little Book of Fast Food, has just won the National Book Award. 


Author, columnist, diarist and broadcaster, he remains very much an amateur cook. Nigel is not a chef and has no restaurant or commercial connections. His food is understated, handcrafted home cooking that is easy to accomplish and without a trace of what he affectionately calls 'celebrity cheffery'. He is not fond of fussy food and prefers simple suppers made with care and thought. He believes that making something good to eat for your self or for others can lift the spirits in the way little else can.

"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."

His writing has won the National Book Awards, the Glenfiddich Trophy, the André Simon Memorial Prize, the James Beard Award and the British Biography of the Year. He was the winner of a Guild of Food Writers' Award for his BBC 1 series Simple Suppers and the BBC Food Personality of the Year .

Nigel is now on Twitter  @NigelSlater

Television News:
A sixth series for BBC1 is currently in production.
A third documentary for BBC4 is in production.
Farm Kitchen, his fifth series for BBC1, was shown in Autumn 2013 on BBC1.
Nigel and the Great British Biscuit, a new documentary for BBC4, was shown at Christmas 2013.

Publishing News
United Kingdom:
Eat has just been voted Food and Drink Book of the Year in the National Book Awards.
Eat has received the Amazon Best Food and Drink Book Award 2013.
Eat - The Little Book of Fast Food will be published later this year in Holland, Germany, Brazil 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 2014 as Aan Tafel.

United States:
Kitchen Diaries ii was published on September 24th by Random House as Stories from the Larder.
Ripe (Tender vol ii) has just won the James Beard Award.
Eat will be published later this year.

Tender Volume i
has just been published in German
by Dumont Buchverlag Gmbh as Tender: Gemüse
Tender Volume ii has just been published by Dumont Buchverlag as Tender: Obst

Eat will be published later this year.

Nigel Slater is the author of
eleven books, including eight cookery books, an autobiography and a collection of short essays on the British at table.  His latest book, Eat, has just won the National Book Awards and is currently being translated into five languages.



The Kitchen Diaries i & ii


Real Food

Real Cooking

The Thirty-Minute Cook

Real Fast Puddings

Real Fast Food

Cooking and Growing


Volume One - A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

Volume Two - A Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden


Memoir and Essays

Toast - the story of a Boy's Hunger

Eating for England

Details of each title are available in the Books micro-section of this site.


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. His chatty, diary-style Sunday column has become much loved and imitated. He writes regularly for the 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:


Nigel is presenter of the BBC1 television series Dish of the Day, featuring relaxed, understated and easy to accomplish home cooking with a focus on home-grown fruit and vegetables. The series is filmed in his own garden and at local allotments.

Nigel has appeared on Gardener's' World, Desert Island Discs, Woman's Hour, Front Row, Gardener's Question Time and has been a regular panelist on Radio 4's Curious Cooks. He is a regular contributor to the BBC's long-running The Food Programme.

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