Nigella Lawson

An Evening With Nigella Lawson, during which the culinary star is interviewed onstage as well as takes audience questions, is coming to the Bay Area for two shows in November.

Culinary goddess and beloved cookbook author Nigella Lawson released her latest, Cook, Eat, Repeat, during the pandemic and is coming to North America in November for an extensive theater tour, An Evening with Nigella Lawson. She’s been away from the U.S. for a long stretch and is excited to return. “It’ll be fabulous!” she says. “It’s tiring to be on a plane a lot, but it really enlivens me to just go to the States and see what’s happening. Everyone is always so warm and the food is delicious, so it’s great. What else do you need?”

Even though her cookbook has “repeat” in the title, each city’s event will be quite different based on the conversations and questions from the various interviewers. The second half of the evening will be dedicated to audience questions, which is Lawson’s favorite part. “The audience who comes is largely responsible for what we talk about — there’s something kind of real and unplannable and kind of intimate in that way because it’s not a lecture, it’s a conversation,” she notes, adding, “Food people are just wonderful people, and I suspect often if they’re interested in me, they also like reading or like words as well, and like talking, or thinking and listening.”

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Nigella Lawson’s latest cookbook intertwines recipes, including ideas for the holidays, with narrative essays about food.

Marcia Gagliardi is a San Francisco–based freelance writer and restaurant columnist, well-known for her groundbreaking, 16-year-old newsletter: subscribe at tablehopper.com. Instagram: @tablehopper