Sunday, February 17, 2013

Actually I'm not the worst photographer in California

Nigella, Justine, me 
Do you have night vision goggles? In that case you can see that Nigella Lawson is signing copies of Nigellisima for my sister, Justine, and me. What a pathetic and disappointing memento!

For my birthday, Justine bought tickets to a luncheon to promote Lawson's new book and it was the best present ever, a convivial meal, decorously drunken bacchanal, brush with celebrity, and memorable sisterly adventure all rolled into one.

The event was sold out and I did feel like a groupie, but it wasn't a bad feeling. Lawson is even more beautiful in person than she is in pictures, which is to say, scarily beautiful. I had aways wondered how much her loveliness had to do with makeup, tight dresses, and artful camera angles. It turns out, very little. In person, it is clear that Nigella was born beautiful.

She seemed almost shy at moments, which was endearing. Her speech (about her longtime aspiration to become Italian) was smart and droll and she fielded politically loaded questions and boring questions with wit and grace. I wanted to ask her about her cookbook collection, which supposedly puts mine to shame, but the moment got away from me. The only thing I personally didn't admire were her shoes.

But I did admire her fashion-forward moxie and that cancels out the shoes themselves.

Isabel and I are at the airport about to board a plane to New York City. On the agenda are some plays, a trip to the Cake Boss bakery in Hoboken, a visit to our New Haven family, and Eataly. They're boarding us now so, bye. 


  1. I can't wait to hear about your NY is my brush with fame while slightly drunk in the Venetian... Tell them hello from me, hahahaha

  2. You can fix the photo if you have a program like Photoshop. I saw Nigella once and yes, she won the gene lottery.

  3. It's probably that window in the background making the rest of the shot dark. Once I started paying attention to tthings like that, my candid shots starting coming out better.

  4. Nigella is unabashedly enthusiastic about cooking and eating in an era when my friends analyze every calorie and fat gram. When the credits run on her tv show, she is seen eating from the container in the fridge in the middle of the night. I truly love her.
    And, Jennifer, I've found the perfect metaphor for my obsessive checking to see if you have a post. I'm like Miss Brill when she finds a nut on her weekly bakery cake. Except I hope I'm not pathetic. I wish you posted every day.

  5. Since I read your book, I've been checking your blog every day, and not just to get your take on cookbooks. That's what I originally came here for, but there's much more than cooking going on here.

  6. Jennifer, I took the liberty of adjusting your photo. I couldn't find an email link quickly, but you can reach me at and I'll shoot it over to you.

  7. Hi Jennifer,

    This made me think of you.

  8. I am jealous!!! What a great birthday gift!! Have fun in NY!

  9. Hope you have a great trip to NY. It must be very special to have a sister who cares about you this much. What a great gift! Can't wait to hear about your trip.