Stephanie Alexander AO is regarded as one of Australia's great food educators.
Stephanie Ann Alexander AO was born in Melbourne on 13 November 1940 and remains a proud Melburnian.
After travelling the world at the age of 21, Alexander's first restaurant, Jamaica House, opened in 1964. In 1976, her next venture was Stephanie's Restaurant in Fitzroy before moving to Hawthorn in 1980. closing in 1997.
Her reputation has been earned through her thirty years as an owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 15 influential books and hundreds of articles about food matters, and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Stephanie's fifth book, The Cook's Companion is regarded as an Australian classic, and has sold 500,000 copies.
"Sharing food and wine with family and friends is very important to me. Brushing past scented leaves in a garden, looking over a vineyard with the vines glowing gold in autumn sunshine, picking parsley outside the back door, pulling a cork from a bottle of wine, cutting into a ripe cheese, appreciating a wonderful apple, setting out a picnic on a bush table, debating the questions of the universe over a fine wine... all these things seem to me to confirm our humanity and to make me want to live for another day, another meal. In the end, I still believe there is no greater joy than sharing food, conversation and laughter around a table."
On 26 January 1994, Alexander was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of services to the hospitality and the tourist industry and to the encouragement of apprentices. On 1 January 2001, she was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding service to the food and wine industry in Victoria. On 26 January 2014, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to education through the design and establishment of schools-based learning programs promoting improved food and eating choices for children, and as an author.
Life would not be the same in this household without The Cook's Companion, the best cookbook ever written.. thank you Stephanie!
The Cook's Companion
Thoroughly revised and updated edition of the book that has established itself as the kitchen 'bible' in over 300 000 homes since first publication in 1996.
Stephanie Alexander has added 12 new chapters and over 300 new recipes, bringing the total recipe count to almost 1000. Here is invaluable information about ingredients, cooking techniques and kitchen equipment, along with inspiration, advice and encouragement for a lifetime of cooking.
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