Ostro : The pleasure that comes from slowing down and cooking with simple ingredients.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura's first cookbook, Ostro, has taken the culinary world by storm. As an Australian of Maltese descent and a fluent Italian speaker, who is married to a Japanese man, Julia and her food represent everything that is good about modern Australian eating. She deftly brings together a broad range of cuisines and culinary influences using the very best produce on offer.
Ostro truly is good food, made by hand. Julia guides you through the uniquely satisfying experience of making pasta or pizza dough from scratch, clearly explaining the processes and demystifying the reasons behind them. She also shares plenty of simple, flavourful salads and one-tray bakes for days when time is scarce. Baking and desserts are simple and delicious. Julia shows you that some of the best go-to recipes are the ones passed down the generations. But we also need the odd show-stopper on standby for special occasions!
This is simple food that is comforting and generous in spirit. Slow down, take your time and enjoy it.
Size: 271 pages, Softcover
Publishing Details: 2017 by Pan MacMillan
About Julia Busuttil Nishumura
Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne-based Italian teacher and food writer, and the creator of Ostro - an online space where she shares her recipes, images and stories. Julia is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications, such as The Design Files, Design*Sponge, Assemble Papers and Yen, teaches sell-out cake workshops and is regularly commissioned to create spectacular cakes. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Nori and son Haruki.
'My approach to food favours intuition over strict rules. It's about using your hands, rushing a little less and savouring the details. It’s not food that needs to be placed on a pedestal or admired from afar; it is food that slowly weaves its way into the fabric of your daily life - food for living and sharing.'