Book review: Not Quite Nigella by Lorraine Elliot

Lorraine Elliot’s blog Not Quite Nigella is one of the more popular food blogs coming out of Australia. She’s a prolific poster and it’s no surprise that she would write a book about her path to happiness through baking and blogging. Fortunately she did not use a diary style, which some bloggers use when they write a book.

She talks about meeting her “cooking mother” Nigella Lawson (whom the blog is named after). She also writes about going to prison to see how they do their catering, and volunteering to cook for charity. We aren’t talking about any ordinary food blogger here. Lorraine seems to go the extra mile to get a story, and she’s been blessed with some interesting travel stories.

Not Quite Nigella shot to stardom when Lorraine created a pizza which featured Obama’s head for his inauguration. The picture then appeared on the home page of Sydney Morning Herald and Serious Eats. Perhaps the secret to Lorraine’s success is partly her advertising background, coupled with sheer hard work.

Lorraine also talks about some of the pitfalls of blogging, including lessons learnt about threats of copyright and defamation lawsuits. The book is an entertaining and awe-inspiring read about a successful food blogger. I was engaged enough to read the book in one sitting.

Recommended for aspiring bloggers.

Not Quite Nigella – buy on
– by Lorraine Elliott

I ♥ Brisbane Food Bloggers


Here are some of the Brisbane based food bloggers:

Sorry no more updates to the list. You are more than welcome to leave a comment with your details.

Books by bloggers

I can’t remember when I first started following blogs, but some of my favourites I’ve been reading religiously for several years now. I’ve heard about their ups and downs, births and deaths.  I’ve even seen photos inside their houses and what’s on their creative desks. I’ve shared their favourite books, movies and music – many times before they’ve hit the mainstream. Oh the privilege of lurking and seeing glimpses of other people’s lives from all around the world. Thank you for putting yourselves on the line, online.

Here’s a round up of some of my favourite bloggers who have been published:

Cooking and food

A Homemade Life – by Molly Wizenberg of Orangette website, Camilla Engman (website).
Chocolate and Zucchini– by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate and Zucchini website. Also wrote Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris
Gluten-Free Girl– by Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl website.
Super Natural Cooking– by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks website.
Vegan Lunch Box– by Jennifer McCann of Vegan Lunch Box website.


Bend the Rules Sewing– by Amy Karol of Angry Chicken website. Coming soon is Bend the Rules with Fabric
The Creative Family– by Amanda Blake Soule of SouleMama website. Later in the year is Homemade Home
The Gentle Art of Domesticity – by Jane Brocket of Yarnstorm website. Recently followed up with Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer: A Golden Treasury of Classic Treats
Seams to Me – by Anna Maria Horner (website).
Stitched in Time – by Alicia Paulson of  Posie Gets Cosy website.


The Urban Homestead – by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen of Root Simple website. 
You Grow Girl – by Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl website.

Have I missed anyone?