If you live in the States, it's possible that you have no idea who Sophie Dahl is, unless you somehow have access to BBC2, the network that broadcasts her new cookery program The Delicious Miss Dahl. But our British readers are sure to have heard of her as her show has created quite a stir with the critics. Apparently, that's not unusual for Ms. Dahl, who is a former model with a sexy, scandalous past that includes having a bra named after her.
Ms. Dahl grew up in a famous family. Her grandfather is the author Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Fantastic Mr. Fox) who was married to the American actress Patricia Neal, Ms. Dahl's grandmother. She was the inspiration for the little girl Sophie in his book The BFG and her aunt Ophelia Dahl is the director and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders.
Sophie Dahl has written a companion cookbook book to her show called Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights, which was just released in the US. The book is part recipes and part memoir, with a similar vintage/hodge-podge look. It seems to be quite popular with home cooks in the UK, with many five star reviews on the Amazon.co.uk site.
Oh, and we're sorry to report that the pretty kitchen used in the series does not actually belong to Ms. Dahl. While it's not unusual for TV cookery shows to have staged kitchens, this is a little disappointing since she seems so relaxed and at home there. It is interesting to see what the kitchen looks like now, stripped of the wallpaper and hydrangeas. You can find photos and more on this story on the Daily Mail website, here.
Watch a Video: The Delicious Miss Dahl clip, cooking Rhubarb Rosewater Eaton Mess, on YouTube.
Buy the Book: Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl, $22.14 at Amazon.com