We're huge fans of everything Eleanor Ozich, the talented lady behind Petite Kitchen, does and are proud to have worked with her on our Liam x Petite Kitchen Recipe Journal for Winter 2013. When we heard a cookbook was in the pipeline we couldn't contain our excitement! We had a chat to Eley about her latest venture....
How did it My Petite Kitchen Cookbook come about?
The Petite Kitchen blog started out as a personal diary for documenting my families path to natural health and healing through wholesome and nourishing food. After about 6 months of blogging almost daily, I decided to self publish recipe journals that I was able to share with my fast growing readers. After great success with the first, I ended up publishing a second issue, and it was during this time that I was contacted by a handful of book publishers. It was an absolute dream come true! and very exciting to be able to distribute my cookbook internationally also.
What is your favourite recipe in your cookbook?
I absolutely love the Artichoke & green bean salad with toasted pine nuts, the Beetroot and Brown rice risotto and Lamb leg steaks with mint & apple cider sauce are absolute winners, too! I have also included a recipe for the most incredibly moist and delicious Spiced chai carrot cake with honey mascarpone cream. Oh wait, you only asked for one recipe right?!
What is the ethos behind My Petite Kitchen Cookbook?
My Petite Kitchen Cookbook is a complete menu of more than 100 simple, nourishing, wholefood recipes, that I have designed to feed the mind, body and soul. The beautiful hardcover book includes breakfasts, light meals & side dishes, main meals, delectable desserts, dainty nibbles & snacks, smoothies, juices, warming drinks, and a fantastic basics section with a handful of simple recipes which I use in my day to day cooking. Almost all of the recipes are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and if not, I have included suggestions to make them so.
Tell us about the design of My Petite Kitchen Cookbook....
The book was beautifully put together by the brilliant team at Murdoch Books Australia. In the design we decided to use rustic and lovely vintage fabrics throughout the book to carry on my classic styling from the blog. Each and every recipe is written and also photographed by yours truly. I wanted to keep it simple, as this is my style of cooking and writing. I also wanted to create a cookbook with a beautiful hard cover and quality feel, but also small enough to be able to hold and read nicely. Together, we decided to include a protective dust jacket, lay flat binding for easy reading and a silk ribbon for bookmarking. I am wonderfully happy with the finished work, and I hope that you all love the book just as much as I do.
What is next for Petite Kitchen?
For the next couple of months I will be quite busy promoting the book, holding some fantastic events and hosting a handful of cooking workshops. I am also ridiculously excited to be opening a wholefoods cafe & juicery in Kingsland shops with my good friend and business partner Hannah Horton. We hope to see you there once we open!
You can purchase your very own copy of My Petite Kitchen Cookbook here.
We've got one to giveaway to a lucky reader right here on our RUBY blog. To enter, simply comment below with your favourite Petite Kitchen recipe and why.
The winner will be drawn on Friday 9th of May at 9.00am NZT.
Good luck! x