Liz Kearney: Now she's off her pedestal, Nigella's more powerful than ever before
NO ONE envies Nigella now, say the headlines. She's no longer the Domestic Goddess. Her brand is irrevocably damaged, her budding US career thrown into disarray by a deluge of damaging headlines.
To believe all that is to miss the point entirely. Now that she's supposedly fallen off her pedestal, Nigella's never been so powerful. Even if hers proves to be an extreme case, I can think of no better modern allegory for the yawning gulf between the ad-fuelled aspirational lifestyle we daydream about and the far-from-perfect reality we muddle through every day.
And that, after all, has always been Nigella's point. The Domestic Goddess label was always intended to be taken with a large dollop of calorie-laden irony.