The role of food in self care with Julia Ostro
Meeting Julia Busuttil Nishimura is like catching up with an old friend. She’s warm and grounded and full of life. She’s the kind of person you’d hope that you sit next to at a dinner party, so it was really my good fortune to sit at her famous dining room table - an old and adored little table that features in so many of Julia’s food photography - and chat about our shared passion for a good meal.
Julia is also known as “Julia Ostro”, and is a beloved foodie, recipe writer and best-selling author. While Julia is humble as can be, her work has raving fans. Nigella Lawson called her book Ostro “life-enhancing” and Jamie Oliver called it “brilliant”. Kayla Robertson calls it “a must try” (see what I did there).
Julia is full of beautiful wisdom and advice. I took real inspiration from Julia’s slow approach to food and life, and how Julia used this approach to chase her dreams, navigating the transition from school teaching to cook via Tuscany, motherhood and pursuing her passion for simple cooking. We discuss the powerful role food plays in self-care, honing your intuition - in and out of the kitchen - and the joy of gathering together at the table.
Today Julia lives in Melbourne with her husband Nori, son Haruki and lively cat Momoko. In this conversation you’ll fall in love with cooking all over again.
“It was Michael Pollan who said ‘The only thing that sets us apart from animals is fire and food.’ It’s such an important part of our being. If we stop feeding ourselves in this way we’re losing a part of what makes us human.”
Julia Busuttil Nishimura
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