Author(s): Karen Martini
Karen loves cooking traditional food - be it Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or comforting English baking - but adds something extra to make it look and taste special: kibbeh, normally made with lamb, is a revelation when ocean trout is used instead; a dollop of smoky eggplant completely transforms a piece of chargrilled tuna; and a classic cheesecake becomes an elegant dessert when paired with a spoonful of wine-soaked berries. Based on Karen's phenomenally popular column in Sunday Life magazine, this collection of 150 recipes, beautifully photographed by Earl Carter, offers the inspiration needed to turn the evening meal into a special occasion, every night of the week.
Karen Martini began her food career at the age of fifteen at Mietta's in Melbourne. She worked at various restaurants before taking the helm at the Melbourne Wine Room, which proved a resounding success for her. In 2002 she moved to Sydney to take up the position of Executive Chef at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar - a meeting of Melbourne style and Sydney glamour. On her return to Melbourne, Karen and her husband Michael Sapountsis opened mr wolf, a chic pizzeria in St Kilda. Karen was food editor of Sunday Life magazine for six years and is the current food editor of Epicure, the food lift-out from The Age. In addition, Karen is the resident chef on the television show Better Homes and Gardens and a regular judge on My Kitchen Rules. Karen Martini's previous cookbooks are Where the Heart is, Cooking at Home and Feasting. Visit Karen Martini online at karenmartini.com