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Nigella Lawson Is The British Beyonce

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May 28, 2018

This week's episode of The Sporkful podcast is up! Listen through the player, Stitcher, or Apple Podcasts. (And please subscribe!)

“I haven’t ever yet eaten it straight from the tube.”

That's the domestic goddess herself -- Nigella Lawson -- talking about her most essential condiment: Colman's English Mustard.

Nigella carries a tube of the mustard she calls "the British wasabi" in her purse at all times -- especially when she's traveling outside her native England.

(NOTE: Yes, we know that Beyonce's famous lyric about hot sauce in her purse was actually a reference to a baseball bat, but still!)

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This week on The Sporkful, Dan and Nigella strip away the veneer and get right to the good stuff -- purse condiments and all!

Nigella reveals how her own cooking show persona derives from her discomfort in social situations:

"I was always a very shy child, and there's a moment when I'm on camera and I have to overcome an intrinsic shyness," she explains.

"I think that the ways one magnifies one's personality [on TV] are also common to a lot of us in social situations, rather than being on television," she adds. "It's a coping mechanism, rather more than sheer performance."

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Listen in to the episode to get Nigella's response to critics who accuse her of using sexual innuendo to attract viewers to her cooking shows.

Plus, Nigella tells us how she uses method acting to decide what to order in restaurants.

And be sure to sign up for our newsletter, to win a free copy of Nigella's newest cookbook, At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking!

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Interstitial music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "Happy Jackson" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "The Huxtables" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "Hound Dog" by Jason Mickelson

Photos: Courtesy of Nigella Lawson

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