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 .
NEWS WINTER 2013
Nigel is now on Twitter @NigelSlater
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 was published on 26th September by Fourth Estate.
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.
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.
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
Toast is now available as a DVD, for more information see the television section.
Simple Suppers Series 1 and 2 and Simple Cooking are now available on DVD
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 cookery books tend to come rather slowly - there is often four or five years between each one. His latest is the Kitchen Diaries Volume ii. His next book, Eat, will be published late in 2013.
The Kitchen Diaries i & ii
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
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.
NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES
Nigel has written an exclusive weekly column for The Observer Magazine since 1993. He is also a contributing editor of Food Monthly. 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 nineteen years.
To visit the Observer's archive of his columns click here: http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/nigelslater
TELEVISION AND RADIO
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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