Maria Elia's recipes combine her grasp of world flavours with her ingenuity in the kitchen. Recipes are full of sensational flavours, colours and textures stunning, imaginative vegetarian dishes that taste fantastic. The vegetables are, of course, the star of the show, and Maria shows us the versatility of her favorites for example Aubergine: smoke over a gas flame, which you can then turn into a curry; mash and mix with potato, griddle, roll in dukkah and wrap around mozzarella; grill with miso, Japanese style, or blitz into a Mediterranean salad. Her unique 'Textures of' sections also gives you some fantastically inspired ideas for common ingredients, such as peas, plums and coffee. With over 120 recipes divided into chapters including Stylish Starters, Sensational Mains, Sofa Suppers, Sassy Sides, Simple Staples and Stunningly Sweet, this is truly a vegetarian adventure. With this book, you will never run out of ideas.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.