Nigella Lawson is celebrating the the 20th anniversary of the release of her first cook book, How To Eat.
However, the happy occasion has brought sadness for Nigella she revealed, as it has made her long for her late husband, John Diamond.
On Twitter Nigella shared a picture of herself and John at the launch party of the book in 1998 and wrote: “This time 20 years ago, I was at the launch party for my first book, How To Eat.
“Looking at this photo makes me happy, but also very sad. I wish I could be in John’s arms now.”
Nigella and John met in 1986 when they were both journalists for The Sunday Times and it was he who encouraged her to turn her talents towards food writing.
John was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and sadly passed away in March 2001. The pair welcomed two children, Cosima and Bruno.
Nigella revealed that she was celebrating the release of the book by making one of John’s favourites desserts – apple and walnut crumble.
Sharing the recipe Nigella said: “I’ve chosen this in particular as it was a real favourite of my husband John’s.
“And How To Eat would never have existed without his urging and encouragement in the first place.”
And by the way, I’ve chosen this in particular as it was a real favourite of my husband John’s. And How To Eat would never have existed without his urging and encouragement in the first place ????
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) September 28, 2018
Nigella previously told BBC Radio 2 of her transformation into a food goddess, “I was a journalist – not a food journalist, but I did do quite a bit of cooking. As a consequence I cooked for editors quite a bit.”
“John, my late husband, said to me, ‘You always talk about food in this really confident way. You should write about it!’ So I did.
“I did this one-off book in 1998, so then I was asked to do TV and I said no, then I said, ‘look, if I can do it in my own kitchen and I can be totally unscripted, I will do it’! I don’t do it in my own kitchen anymore but I won’t ever be scripted!”