Nigella established her understanding of cooking as a child, learning from a mother who herself enjoyed cooking. She developed her thoughts of writing a cookery book when at a dinner party she witnessed the host in tears due to an upset. In 1988, her book "How to Eat" was written, and featured quite a few cookery tips on how to save time by good preparation. The book sold three hundred thousand copies and became a run away success in the UK; It was dubbed ?the most valuable culinary guide published this decade? by the Sunday Telegraph.