The Cooks Companion Book



'Anyone who cooks - or eats - needs this book in their home.' Nigella Lawson, 2014

'Of all the many cookery books that exist, there are only really a handful which are truly a must-have - The Cook's Companion is one of them.' Jamie Oliver, 2014

Stephanie Alexander is regarded as one of Australia's great food educators, she believes that good food is essential to living well - her book is for everyone, every day. You will discover-
  • invaluable information about ingredients
  • clever and easy-to-learn cooking techniques
  • the best kitchen equipment and how to use it effectively
  • inspiration, advice and encouragement
  • close to 1000 failsafe recipes
The Cook's Companion has established itself as the kitchen 'bible' in over 500,000 homes since it was first published in 1996. In 2004, Stephanie Alexander added over 300 new recipes as well as 12 new chapters in an updated edition. This latest revision includes-
  • two major new chapters
  • two expanded chapters
  • 70 new recipes
  • a complete revision of the text to reflect changes in the marketplace and new regulations
'It is a rare fit that all cookery writers strive to achieve- writing the definitive book on a single subject. Stephanie Alexander did the impossible and wrote the definitive book on all subjects.' Yotam Ottolenghi, 2014

About the Author

For 21 years from 1976, Stephanie Alexander was the force behind Stephanie's restaurant in Hawthorn, a landmark establishment credited with having revolutionised fine dining in Melbourne. From 1997 to 2005 Stephanie, along with several friends, ran the Richmond Hill Café and Larder, a neighbourhood restaurant renowned for its specialist cheese retailing. In her recently published memoir, A Cook's Life, she recounts how her uncompromising dedication to good food has shaped her life and changed the eating habits of a nation.

One of Australia's most highly acclaimed food authors, Stephanie has written fourteen books, including Stephanie's Menus for Food Lovers, Stephanie's Seasons and Stephanie Alexander & Maggie Beer's Tuscan Cookbook (co-author). Her signature publication, The Cook's Companion, has established itself as the kitchen bible in over 400 000 homes. With characteristic determination, Stephanie initiated the Kitchen Garden at Collingwood College in order to allow young children to experience the very things that made her own childhood so rich: the growing, harvesting, cooking and sharing of good food.