When my children were small, I found her books Wholefood and Wholefood for Children invaluable when trying to navigate my away around the minefield of childhood nutrition. And they're still firm favourites today.
Jude Blereau is a chef who might slip under the radar for a lot of people, but she's been sharing her whole and real food wisdom for almost 20 years. Author of four cookbooks and counting, she also tours around the country teaching people about wholefood cooking in her warm and adorable style.
When I heard Jude was coming to Tasmania I sent her an email offering my kitchen and any help she might need on her first visit here. Jude not only answered immediately, she graciously accepted my offer and plans were made to get together. I was thrilled beyond measure!
In Hobart to launch her latest book Wholefood Baking, Jude insisted on baking for the event herself, so she came over, baked cakes and we drank tea.
Here are some pics from the launch and some snaps from our baking day in my kitchen. Jude brought with her to help the talented and equally gorgeous whole food cook Jean Martinez, who has runs Artisan Wholefoods in the northern NSW, you can find her facebook page right here. You should like it!
I learnt so much this weekend, and I feel so blessed to have met such warm and generous people like Jude and Jean, it was a privilege to welcome them into my kitchen. Add to that eating cake with friends on a snowy day in a bookshop and it makes for a rather perfect recipe really.