Nigel Slater is an award-winning British food writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for over a decade and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years. He also serves as art director for his books.
Although best known for uncomplicated, comfort-food recipes presented in early best-selling books such as The 30-Minute Cook and Real Fast Food, he became known to a wide audience with the publication of Toast: The Story of A Boy's Hunger, a moving and award-winning autobiography focused on his love of food, his childhood, his family relationships (his mother died of asthma when he was nine), and his burgeoning sexuality. The book was published in October 2004 and became a best-seller after it was featured on the Richard and Judy Book Club.
In 1998 Slater hosted the Channel 4 series Nigel Slater's Real Food Show. He returned to TV in 2006 hosting the chat/food show A Taste of My Life for BBC One.
His latest book, Eating for England: The Delights & Eccentricities of the British at Table, is devoted to English food and cookery. It was published in October 2007 and was described in The Times as 'the sort of ragbag of choice culinary morsels that would pass the time nicely on a train journey'.
He describes himself as a cook who writes and insists he is not a chef.
Nigel Slater Official Website
Interview with The Observer about his childhood, love of food and writing.