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  • Published: 18 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781921384509
  • Imprint: Lantern
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $24.99
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A Cook's Life




A Cook's Life is Stephanie's personal account of her uncompromising commitment to good food, and how this quest for the best shaped her life and influenced the dining habits of a nation.

When Stephanie Alexander, AO, opened Stephanie's Restaurant in 1976, it quickly became part of Melbourne food folklore, permanently raising the bar for restaurant dining in Australia. As a restaurateur, Stephanie championed small, local suppliers and also grew her own fresh produce.

In 1996, her seminal work The Cook's Companion was published, which has since made its way into over 500, 000 kitchens. It is affectionately known as the 'food bible' due to its reliable recipes and in-depth advice.
Since establishing Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation in 2001, she continues to inspire school children across Australia to grow and cook their own food.
A Cook's Life is Stephanie's personal account of her uncompromising commitment to good food, and how this quest for the best shaped her life and influenced the dining habits of a nation.

'This is an exquisite book, written with an eye for detail and a magical feeling for atmosphere that makes this, when combined with the author's noble modesty, a book of memoirs like no other. Stephanie Alexander's prose is, like her palate, perfect.' Nigella Lawson

  • Pub date: 18 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781921384509
  • Imprint: Lantern
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Stephanie Alexander

Stephanie Alexander is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators. She is the best-selling author of seventeen books, including The Cook’s Companion, which is regarded as an Australian classic and has sold more than 500,000 copies. It has also been developed as a user-friendly app for mobile devices.

Stephanie was a columnist in the food pages of Australian newspapers and magazines for more than twenty years, has travelled widely in both Europe and Asia, and is passionate about the need to pass on a love of good food to others to maximise the chances of leading a healthy and happy life.

She has also established her reputation as a restaurateur. For 21 years her restaurant Stephanie’s was regarded as an essential Melbourne culinary experience. It set new standards of service, pioneered techniques and new ways of looking at ingredients, as well as championing small producers.

In 2004 Stephanie established the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation of which she is now a director and board member. She was named Victorian of the Year in 2010; and in 2014 became an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work with her Kitchen Garden Foundation. Her strong belief is that the earlier children learn about food through example and pleasurable hands-on experience, the better their food choices will be throughout life.

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