Julia Busuttil Nishimura is passionate about preparing food, creating recipes and writing about them on her beautiful blog Ostro. ‘For the most part, I find new and fancy equipment a little intimidating,’ tells Julia, who prefers the reliability of simple equipment, like a good chef’s knife, and a sturdy mortar and pestle. ‘If I can do the job with handheld tools such as these, I mostly always choose them over a new ‘time-saving’ tool. Especially if I’m recipe writing – it makes sense to offer the simplest option to readers,’ she adds, though she is thankful for her well-loved Kitchen Aid and pasta machine. Julia’s first cookbook, Ostro, will be released in September. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.