The 53-year-old television cook acknowledged that women’s understandable desire to free themselves from the traditional female roles they were expected to assume had had a negative affect on their ability to cook.
She told the Observer Food Monthly magazine: “Women of my generation were keen – rightly – not to be tied to the stove, but the ramifications of this were that they felt a sense of dread in the kitchen.
“How can this be good for anyone? I also feel that to denigrate any activity because it has traditionally been associated with the female sphere is in itself anti-feminist.”
Feeling comfortable in the kitchen was “essential” for everyone, male or female, she argued.
Many had mistakenly believed that her 2000 recipe book How to be a Domestic Goddess implied that “women’s place was in the kitchen”, Miss Lawson said, adding that some had even consciously chosen to misread her intent.
At the time, many people seemed to be afraid of cooking, she suggested, and that meant “home was never more than a stop-off from work.”
She has previously described her classic book on baking as an “important feminist tract in its own right,” insisting she was “not being entirely ironic”.
Miss Lawson said she wrote her first book, meanwhile, to “memorialise” the cooking of her mother and one of her sisters, both of whom died young.
“So many of my conversations with them hinged on what we were cooking,” she said “How to Eat was a means of continuing the conversation.”
The celebrity chef divorced her former husband, Charles Saatchi, in July after he was photographed holding her by the neck outside the restaurant Scott’s in London’s Mayfair.