Maria's new book features 18 of her favourite ingredients, each of which she takes on a 'flavour journey'. Whether it's lamb, aubergines or chocolate, Maria provides an insight into how she comes up with her bold flavour combinations and then encourages you to experiment with the recipes and make them your own. Each recipe can be adapted to suit your mood - so meatballs have an Asian or Mediterranean twist depending on which spices or herbs you choose to add. With over 100 recipes and no end of variations, this book will give you confidence in the kitchen and get your creative juices flowing.
Maria Elia grew up in the kitchen of her Greek Cypriot father's restaurant in Richmond, and has worked in Italy, America, Australia and Spain (including staging at El Bulli and Arzak, a highlight in her career).
After sailing around the world as chef on board a private yacht, Maria returned to London were she was executive head chef at Delfina, The Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room and Joe's in South Kensington. She has earned 2 AA rosettes and a Michelin recommendation.
Maria now divides her time between London (where she consults on various projects and hosts 'pop ups') and California where she is Executive chef overseeing 'Jimmy's' restaurant, creating modern Greek Californian cuisine at 'The Landing'; a five star boutique resort in South Lake Tahoe.
Her second book "Full of Flavour" was awarded best UK female author at The Gourmand Cook Book awards in 2012
Her third book "Smashing Plates" was awarded a special commendation prize at the Andre Simons awards in March 2014.