Cooking isn't all fun and games, says Nigella
Parents are under too much pressure to behave like children's TV presenters in the kitchen, domestic goddess Nigella Lawson said.
The TV chef told the 'Radio Times' that when she was taught to cook by her mother and grandmother their culinary efforts were seen as a chore.
Today's parents, she suggested, mistakenly believed they had to make cooking "all fun and recreational".
Lawson (50) said: "My mother was a great believer in child labour. From quite a young age . . . my sister and I would be propped up on rickety wooden chairs and put to work."
The food writer, who served up her first dish on her own, a steamed jam roly poly, at the age of 10, added: "It becomes a chore, because in many ways it is."