Delia Smith (born June 18, 1941) is a British
television chef, known for her interest in food and teaching basic
cookery. In 1969 Delia became cookery writer for The Daily Mirror,
with her first piece featuring kipper pâté, beef in beer and
cheesecake. In 1972 she started writing for London's Evening
Standard. She rose to fame teaching cookery on a television show,
Family Fare (1973–75). Her How to Cook series (1998) reportedly led
to a 10% rise in egg sales in Britain.