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Family food is generous, unfussy and demonstrates love and care. No matter what busyness the day brings, the act of setting the table and enjoying a simple meal together is comforting and ever-reassuring.

Eating simply and seasonally is at the core of Julia Busuttil Nishimura's recipes. Whether it's a cooling coffee granita to start a summer's day or the comfort of a hearty baked maccheroni in darkest winter, this is the kind of food you will want to share with your loved ones throughout the year. The dishes in this book are brought to life by great ingredients.

There are plenty of quick recipes and some that require more time to bubble away on the stove. Overall, they are linked by taste and pleasure, and making the most of seasonal produce. This is generous, delicious food that the whole family will love, all year round.

Recipes include:


- Crêpes with whipped ricotta

- Slow-roasted tomatoes with mint and mozzarella

- Spaghetti with fennel and prawns

- Apricot and berry galette


- Granola with poached plums

- Spiced split lentil soup with fried eggplant

- Miso roast chicken

- Blackberry and apple pudding


- Congee

- Lentil and maple-roasted carrot salad

- Japanese braised pork

- Dark chocolate, walnut and oat cookies


- Tokyo-style French toast

- Silverbeet and ricotta malfatti with brown butter sauce

- Lamb and green bean stew

- Simple butter cake with raspberries

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne-based Italian teacher and food writer, and the creator of Ostro - an online space where she shares her recipes, images and stories. Julia is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications, such as The Design Files, Design*Sponge, Assemble Papers and Yen, teaches sell-out cake workshops and is regularly commissioned to create spectacular cakes. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Nori and son Haruki.