10 Questions for Nigella Lawson

Writer and cook Nigella Lawson on chocolate pasta, men who show off in the kitchen, and her unusual swimwear

Javier Sirvent for TIME

Nigellisima is a book of "easy Italian-inspired recipes." Which is the easiest?
Really all of it is pretty simple. I've got a pasta with zucchini--or whatever vegetables you've got. I like cooking which comes about after a bit of fridge foraging and just using what's there. I like to think that all the recipes are doable for people who are utter novices.

You've hosted many cooking shows and written nine books. When do you graduate to chef?
Never, and most people who call themselves chefs are not. It's not modesty that makes me resist the appellation of chef; it's...

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