Nigel Slater

NIGEL SLATER is a cook who writes. He has been the food columnist for The Observer for eighteen years and is presenter of BBC1’s Simple Suppers. Author of seven cookery books, including Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries, his latest is the two-volume Tender. The film of his childhood memoir Toast, starring Freddie Highmore and Helena Bonham Carter, was shown at Christmas on BBC1 and at the Berlin Film Festival. The film premiers in New York this summer and will be shown at the Taipei Film Festival.

Author, columnist and broadcaster, he remains very much an amateur cook. Nigel is not a chef and has no restaurant or commercial connections. His food is understated, handcrafted home cooking that is easy to accomplish and without a trace of what he affectionately calls ‘celebrity cheffery’. He is not fond of fussy food and prefers simple suppers made with care and thought. He believes that making something good to eat for your self or for others can lift the spirits in the way little else can.

“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 Slater is the author of ten books , including seven cookery books, an autobiography and a collection of short essays on the British at table. His cookery books tend to come rather slowly – there is often four or five years between each one. His latest is Tender, the second volume of which was published in September 2010.


The Kitchen Diaries


Real Food

Real Cooking

The Thirty-Minute Cook

Real Fast Puddings

Real Fast Food

Cooking and Growing


Volume One – A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

Volume Two – A Cook’s Guide to theFruitGarden


Toast – the story of a Boy’s Hunger


Eating forEngland

Details of each title are available in the Books section of this site.


Nigel has written an exclusive weekly column for The Observer Magazine since 1993. He is also a contributing editor of Food Monthly. His chatty, diary-style Sunday column has become much loved and imitated. He writes regularly for the The Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine The Garden, and has written for Sainsbury’s Magazine every month for eighteen years.


Nigel is presenter of the BBC1 television series Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers. The six-part, prime-time series started in Autumn 2009 featuring relaxed, understated and easy to accomplish home cooking with a focus on home-grown fruit and vegetables. A second series of eight programmes and two Christmas specials followed in 2010. Both series were filmed in his own garden and at local allotments.

Nigel has appeared on Desert Island Discs, Woman’s Hour, Front Row, Gardener’s Question Time and has been a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Curious Cooks. He is a regular contributor to the BBC’s long-running The Food Programme