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TDF Talks With Cook + Author, Julia Busuttil Nishimura


In today’s episode, we chat with one of Melbourne’s most-loved foodies, and a dear friend of TDF, who we have collaborated with a number of times over the past few years.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a self-taught cook, recipe writer, and now, a best-selling author. Here, she shares how she’s turned her passion for food into a super-successful career.

20th September, 2018

It all started with Julia’s Hummingbird Cake. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Julia also featured in our Food + Family photography series. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

Julia took us through some incredible pasta recipes from her new book Ostro earlier in the year. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Julia and her adorable son Haruki. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

Making pasta – she taught us some here. Photo – Armelle Habib.

A shot from Julia’s first book, Ostro. Photo – Armelle Habib.

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 20th September 2018

With a background in primary school teaching, Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s passion for food led her to start her food blog, Ostro, in 2013, with a focus on sharing beautiful, yet uncomplicated food, with simple ingredients.

As her following started to grow, Julia caught the attention of a few publishers – and in 2017, her first book, entitled Ostro was released. Of all the beautiful cookbooks that are published in Australia each year, this book is truly something special. It’s received accolades both here and abroad, with Jamie Oliver calling it ‘A Truly brilliant first book!’.

Breaking news – Julia has just signed on to write her second book, which is very exciting, and she’s heading off to Italy soon to start researching.

I caught up with her recently to talk all about her rise to foodie fame, and she had so much wisdom to share!

FYI, TDF Talks is an enhanced podcast. So, if you’re using the Overcast or Pocket Casts apps, you will see relevant images and links in your player while you listen.


Notes + Links

You’re going to want to follow Julia’s Instagram account, @juliaostro.

Julia first came on our radar and made her debut on The Design Files back in 2014. It all started with Julia’s Hummingbird Cake.

Julia and her husband chef Norihiko Nishimura were back later that year to show us some delicious Japanese recipes.

Read Julia’s blog Ostro here

What’s Julia’s favourite Melbourne restaurant? Embla.

D.O.C in Carlton is one of Julia’s favourite stores for Italian ingredients.

Find out more about her first book, Ostrohere

This was our 15th podcast (wow!!), you can listen to some more episodes here.

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