'My approach to food favours intuition over strict rules and is 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.’ - Julia
Naturally, we had to speak with her!
Words by Julia Busuttil Nishimura @juliaostro
Images by Bobby Clark @bobbyclark___
Julia wears our Lounger Blouse in Pumpkin Spice from Arthur Apparel's Muse collection, now sold out.
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you come to be doing what you're doing?
I'm a food writer, cook and author. My first cookbook is called Ostro and was released in August 2017. I've always been cooking, for me, being in the kitchen is a great creative space and I feel a sense of freedom. I began writing about food after returning from a stint living in the Italian countryside. I was studying full time and then began teaching Italian so I really enjoyed writing on the side. It was just a fun project, having a blog and sharing recipes with people. It slowly started to become more than just a hobby as I was writing for other publications, teaching cooking workshops and consequently published my book. Now I do this full time – it really brings me so much joy, being able to spend my days cooking and writing.
What does living well mean to you? Where do you find it? What matters?
Living well to me means being content with what I am doing or have in this present moment while still being mindful of where I want to get to. I try to remind myself that life isn't a race or a competition and that what I am doing in life has its own place – I think with social media it's easy to lose that feeling. I find some sort of calmness and meaningfulness through the small moments that make up my day – doing what I love, sharing a meal with friends and family, taking time for myself (even if just for a few moments) and contributing back in some way.
Why are staples important to you?
I love big earrings and always feel like my outfit isn't quite complete without them. I wear a lot of linen – I just adore the way it falls and feels and most of my wardrobe is filled with linen garments. Unless I'm going out somewhere fancy, I'm usually wearing simple canvas shoes. I bought a pair of navy ones recently in Tokyo and they rarely are off my feet, especially since I'm usually cooking all day they're absolutely perfect for long days. The need for staples extend into my kitchen of course too; good quality olive oil, dried pasta and legumes, fresh herbs and quality spices all make up the staples of my kitchen.
Thankyou dear Julia!