Nigel Slater is the author of several bestselling books, including the classics Real Fast Food, Appetite, and the critically acclaimed The Kitchen Diaries. He has written a much-loved column for The Observer for more than twenty years and is the presenter of the award-winning BBC series Simple Suppers. His memoir Toast - the Story of a Boy’s Hunger won six major awards, has been translated into five languages and became a major BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. Eating for England, his collection of essays about Britain at the table, has been dramatized for BBC Radio 4. Nigel's 2013 book, Eat, won the National Book Award.
Nigel has written a much-loved weekly cooking column, a sort of kitchen confessional, for The Observer, the world's oldest newspaper, since 1993. It is his curiosity and fascination for the details, and his observations of the small, human moments of cooking and eating that are the hallmark of his writing. He is also active on both Twitter and Instagram; you can find him at @thenigelslater.
While an author and columnist, 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. He is an honorary Master of Letters.(MLitt)