Eleanor Ozich is from New Zealand, where she grew up above her parents' Auckland restaurant and has always been a passionate foodie. She is a self-taught cook who has worked as a food writer and food stylist for Taste magazine, among others. She created the Petite Kitchen blog as a personal diary, tracking her 'road to simple eating', adopted as a means of trying, successfully, to cure her four-year-old daughter's severe eczema. Her first book My Petite Kitchen Cookbook was published in 2014.
Guardian, 3rd October 2015: "Speaking of lentils, Petite Kitchen's Eleanor Ozich has just published her second book My Family Table (Murdoch Books), and it features a mouthwatering take on lasagne with lentils, rainbow chard, feta and sweet potato layers instead of the trad meat and pasta sheets, bedecked with generous scatterings of soft herbs. Ozich also makes fabulous sweet bakes for snacking on the go (or indeed, not on the go): fig shortbreads with olive oil and salt; brown butter cinnamon blondies; apricot, coconut and lemon bars. Her book opens with a portrait of the world's happiest little boy, all white-gold curls atop smiling eyes and a stripey top. Now that's what good food is supposed to do. Go, cook up a feast and make someone smile."