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Delia Smith began her television career on 15 May 1973 as the presenter of a new BBC1 series entitled Family Fare. This was followed by Delia’s Cookery Course with back-to-basics recipes, also available in print.
In 1969 Delia became the cookery writer for the Daily Mirror‘s new magazine (where she met future husband Michael Wyn-Jones), and three years later began columns for the Evening Standard and the Radio Times.
Her first cookery book How to Cheat at Cooking was published in 1971.
Delia’s later series for the BBC included One is Fun in 1991, Delia’s How to Cook, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2002, and Delia’s Classic Christmas, which gained an audience of nearly 4 million in December 2009, and marked her first Christmas programme for nearly 20 years.