A long-running Kitchen Chronicle
Nigel has written his weekly column for The Observer newspaper for almost thirty years. It is his curiosity and fascination for details, his observations of the small, human moments of cooking and eating that are the hallmark of his writing. The much-loved essays from his kitchen are photographed each week by Jonathan Lovekin.
The Diaries and other works
Nigel’s recipes are often told as stories, as in his award-winning books Tender, the three-volume Kitchen Diaries and The Christmas Chronicles. Others are collections of simpler, more concise recipes to use as daily inspiration. These are published as Appetite, Eat and the recently published, vegetable-based GreenFeast. He has also written a best-selling memoir and a book of essays. Nigel's books have been translated into German, Russian*, Dutch, Portuguese, Korean, and Taiwanese. His latest publication is A Cook's Book (2021).
* 🇺🇦All Royalties from the Russian Editions are donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal
The Story of a Boy’s Hunger
Toast is the memoir of Nigel’s childhood. It has won five literary awards and been translated into six languages. Toast has been dramatised for radio, made into a film and has recently been adapted for the stage. After its premier at The Lowry and the Edinburgh Fringe it moved to London in the spring and summer of 2019 and then toured for six months until the end of the year.
Having written and presented nine television series for the BBC including Simple Suppers, Dish of the Day and Eating Together, his latest televsion work is the three part documentary series, Nigel Slater’s Middle East, in which he travelled through Turkey, Iran and Lebanon. The latter was nominated in this year’s Fortnum and Mason Awards. Toast, the film of his childhood memoir starring Helen Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore is currently on Netflix.
Nigel Slater's Toast, the stage play of his much loved memoir, has been performed at The Lowry in Salford and at the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe in the summer of 2018. Adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan, it starred Giles Cooper as Nigel. Toast was on stage at The Other Palace Theatre in London before touring the country for six months.
Toast is now available for amateur licensing. Details https://concordsho.ws/PerformToastUK
Nigel has appeared at the Berlin Literary Festival in conversation with Priya Basil, in Birmingham with Ravinder Bhogal (2018) and in Dublin (2019) with Marian Keyes.
A Cook's Chronicles
Series 1 and 2 are available on Spotify and wherever you download your podcasts
How to Fail with Elizabeth Day
A long-standing collaboration
Although he writes alone, Nigel develops his recipes, documentaries and television series with his long-standing collaborator James Thompson. James creates, directs and produces their television programmes and was Food Director of the stage production of Toast. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Sloe Films and has set up The Great Oven, an intiative supporting sustainable food relief in refugee camps, war-torn communities and inner cities in crisis. Details on instagram @thegreatoven and https://www.greatoven.org
Nigel's writing has won the National Book Awards, the Glenfiddich Trophy, the James Beard Award, The Fortnum and Mason 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. The stage adaptation of Toast by Henry Filloux-Bennett, was itself recipient of a Cameo Award. Nigel is an honorary Master of Letters (MLitt). He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours 2020 'for services to cookery and to literature'.
Nigel’s home is in London but he travels regularly. He takes an annual ‘sabbatical’ in Japan. He is also a gardener “of sorts” and a collector of ceramics and contemporary art. He is active on both Instagram and Twitter. Author, diarist, programme maker and cook, he remains very much an amateur in the kitchen. Nigel is not and never has been a professional chef. His food is simple, 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. Sharing food suggests an act of protection and caring, of generosity and intimacy. It is in itself a sign of respect.”
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T E L E V I S I O N
Nigel is currently working on a new television series for 2021 with Executive Producer James Thompson.
Nigel's latest book is GreenFeast. Published in two parts, the first volume, Spring/Summer in May 2019. The second part, Autumn/Winter, was published in October 2019.
The Script for Nigel Slater's Toast, the stage production written by Henry Filloux-Bennet is published by Samuel French.
GreenFeast will be published in Spring 2020 by DuMont Buchverlag.
'Das Wintertagebuch' was published in German by DuMont Buchverlag in Autumn 2018.
GreenFeast will be published by Eskmo in 2020.
The Christmas Chronicles was published in 2018 by Eksmo.
GreenFeast will be published by Fontaine Uitgevers in Autumn 2019.
Greenfeast will be published in 2020.
P R E S S I N F O R M A T I O N
B O O K S
Nigel Slater is the author of ten cookery books, a memoir and a collection of essays. His first book was published in 1992. All are still in print.
Nigel is published in Great Britain by Fourth Estate, in the United States by Ten Speed Press at Random House, by DuMont Buchverlag in Germany, Eskmo in Russia and by Fontaine Uitgevers in the Netherlands.
His books have been published and edited by Louise Haines for over twenty five years.
Christmas Chronicles was named Cookbook of the Year in the Fortnum and Mason Awards and has been translated into German, Dutch and Russian.
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 fifteen years ago.
To visit the Observer’s archive of his columns go to the Recipes section of this site, or click here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/series/nigelslaterrecipes
T E L E V I S I O N & R A D I O
Nigel has presented six television series for BBC1 and a trilogy of documentaries for BBC4.
His programmes are shown in 52 countries.
'Eating for England', his collection of essays, was dramatised for BBC Radio 4 starring Celia Imrie and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Nigel Slater and James Thompson are co-founders of the independent television production company Sloe Films. Their first series, Eating Together, premiered in Spring 2015 on BBC1. Their latest, Nigel Slater's Middle East was shown on BBC2 in Spring 2018 and they are currently working on a new series for 2021.
Nigel has appeared on Desert Island Discs, Gardeners’ World, Gardener’s Question Time and Front Row. He is a regular contributor to Woman’s Hour and The Food Programme.
N I G E L S L A T E R . C O M
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Author portrait by kind permission of Jenny Zarins. http://www.jennyzarins.com/
L E G A L S
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Portraits copyright Jenny Zarins 2015
Food photographs copyright Jonathan Lovekin 2019
Instagram photographs copyright Nigel Slater 2019
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