Smith, 63, announced her retirement as a TV food personality and sold her magazine publishing company for the amount mentioned above. She was one of the original tv cooks beginning in 1973, inspiring millions to be more adventurous in the kitchen.
"Such was her influence, that if she recommended a particular cooking item then it generally sold out in supermarkets the next day.
Not everyone was so enamored. A Daily Express food columnist described her as the "Volvo of cookery teachers" because she was reliable but dull.
Smith and her husband plan to devote much of their time to their one remaining business and passion....Norwich City Football Club.
Incidentally, our son is studying in Norwich this year at the University of East Anglia. As a football (soccer in US) fan he was ecstatic to learn that Norwich had earned the right to participate in the premiership (major league) this year. But his hopes for seeing all the legendary teams were dashed when he realized tickets were long claimed and the few ever available, costly. ( He did manage to queue at length for a ticket to a match featuring Norwich.)
He reports that two of the best restaurants in Norwich are connected to the football stadium and run by, who else? Delia has also made and implemented nutrition suggestions to the team.
Have you any experiences with tv cooks, and/or do you own any of Delia's books?