Whether we love Chinese takeout, foie gras from the latest “it” spot, or the warmth of a home cooked meal, our relationship with food is intimate, and connected with our moods and emotions. One woman who understands the emotional depth and sensuality that food can emote is the sultry Nigella Lawson.

A silk puddle of melted chocolate sits in front of me, and I can smell the sweet scent of a stick of butter melting next to it. My senses are aroused and my mouth salivates for just one taste of this pool of sweetness, but I can’t satisfy my taste buds just yet. I need to save it until this recipe is complete. Nigella Lawson inspires me.

For years I have religiously watched all of Nigella Lawson’s cooking shows, flipping through the pages of her cookbooks planning my next meal. There is something so captivating about Nigella that keeps you glued to the screen and the pages of her books. Many say it’s her sensual presentation of food that becomes sexually enticing for her viewers – I couldn’t disagree more! Nigella’s presentation style and savvy skills in the kitchen are not sensual or sexual, it is intimate. That is the one thing that the two of us have in common, we share intimate relationships with food that are personal and deeply emotional.

Nigella makes food approachable and unique, and she helps her readers and viewers establish a healthy relationship with the Kitchen. After all, her most recent cookbook Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, explores the functioning of the Kitchen as one of the most important places in the home. And it’s true; the Kitchen is where Mom gave me cookies to eat as a snack – only 4 cookies – and to this day I oddly eat my cookies in increments of 4. The Kitchen is where I watched my Mother prepare meals for years and it’s where my fascination of seeing onions simmer away in oil first began. The Kitchen is where my relationship with food started and still continues and is my most favorite place in my home today.

Nigella’s no fuss recipes and simple and pleasurable cooking techniques inspire me to create great dishes. She reminds her readers and viewers all the time that you don’t have to be a professional to cook or bake. Cooking and baking can be a great way to relax while creating delicious dishes for your family and friends.

So make that kitchen your own. With a little creativity, some love and a good cookbook to boot, you too can create a fabulous meal and exotic desserts. Nigella is a great reminder that we can achieve great heights when it comes to cooking and baking without being professional trained or fearful of bad results. After all, practice does make perfect.

Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson is available at bookstores across Canada.

Story By: Daniel Pillai  |  Photography Source