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Nigella Lawson questions TV career future after 'physically draining' shoot: 'Frightening'

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Nigella Lawson, 59, admitted she struggles to understand what “balance” is, as she often films her programme all day for seven weeks, leaving little time for anything else. The chef divulged that the process of creating her much loved cookery programmes is “very draining” as she is often on her feet all day.

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Nigella explained: “I don’t know what this famed balance is! I love what I do, but everything [i.e. filming/ work] is interspersed with bits of solitude, so maybe that is my balance. 

“The harder part is the filming. It’s physically very draining standing up all day for seven weeks or so, and there isn’t really room for anything else during that time.

“It’s a bit frightening and I always think, ‘I don’t know if I can do this again’, but then I start and I get excited again,” she added to the December of Good Housekeeping.

The chef turned 60 this year and said she never takes it for “granted” that she is still alive.

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Nigella has spoken out on the difficulty of achieving a work/life balance while filming her latest p (Image: David Venni)

The chef divulged that the process of creating her much loved cookery programmes is “very draining” as she is often on her feet all day (Image: David Venni)

Nigella’s mother died at 48 and her sister at 32, while her late husband, John Diamond, died at 47.

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Because of being “surrounded by people” who have died young, Nigella no longer fears the ageing process and instead says that she values being “healthy” above all else.

Her latest book Cook, Eat, Repeat was written during the recent lockdown and features lengthy essays on food and the pleasurable things in life.

Now she is filming recipes from the book alongside her “work family” whom she has been in production with since the early 2000s.

The star is known for her immense workload and has continued to work on projects over the years, including after her late husband John died of cancer in 2001 (Image: GETTY)

During lockdown, the famous TV chef was entirely on her own, as her children are now in their 20s, however she enjoyed her time indoors having “no public life”.

Nigella revealed to The Guardian: “It was hard. But I suppose that survival thing kicked in, and it felt important to think about food because it became clear [during lockdown] that it gave structure, sustenance and pleasure.

“I found it wonderful, which I know sounds awful. But I’m very happy not having to fill up my life going to things. I very much like having no public life.”

The star is known for her immense workload and has continued to work on projects over the years, including after her late husband John died of cancer in 2001.

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Nigella only took two weeks off from work before returning to film her show.

She said on her depression at the time: “Believe me, I spent a lot of time under a duvet. But if you feel you would stay there forever, you have to push on.”

Nigella recalled of her late husband: “He had this sense of ease in himself, and that made the air around him comfortable.”

When he could no longer eat food, at his suggestion, Nigella wrote How To Eat.

She explained: “Writing about food when you’re married to someone who can’t eat – that was odd. But I suppose it was about clutching on to life, really.”

Recently she recorded an audiobook version of How To Eat marking its 20th anniversary.

Two years after John had passed, Nigella went on to marry art gallerist Charles Saatchi, however, the pair divorced in 2013.

Nigella’s newest book Cook, Eat, Repeat is out tomorrow.  Nigella, Cook, Eat, Repeat is coming this November on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. The Christmas special will air in December. 

Read the full interview with Nigella Lawson in the December issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect – https://magsdirect.co.uk/magazine-category/lifestyle/good-housekeeping-lifestyle/

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