The Cook's CompanionHardback
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- Publisher: Lantern
- Format: Hardback | 1136 pages
- Dimensions: 192mm x 250mm x 68mm | 2,499g
- Publication date: 25 April 2007
- Publication City/Country: Camberwell
- ISBN 10: 1920989005
- ISBN 13: 9781920989002
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Sales rank: 1,261
"The Cook's Companion" has established itself as the kitchen 'bible' in over 300,000 homes since it was first published in 1996. Stephanie Alexander has added over 300 new recipes as well as 12 new chapters to this thoroughly revised and updated edition. Stephanie believes that good food is essential to living well: her book is for everyone, every day. She has invaluable information about ingredients, cooking techniques and kitchen equipment, along with inspiration, advice and encouragement and close to 1000 failsafe recipes.
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Stephanie Alexander ran the acclaimed Stephanie's Restaurant for 21 years before closing it in 1997, then for eight years was a founding partner in the popular Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder. Stephanie was awarded a Medal of the Order Of Australia in 1994 for her services to the hospitality industry and to tourism, and for encouraging young apprentices, and become Victorian of the Year in 2010. Since 2001 she has led the groundbreaking work of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, promoting a primary school kitchen garden program that can be integrated with the general primary school curriculum, now operating nationally in 500 schools and growing. 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 through life. In 2013 Stephanie was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia for this project. Among Stephanie's other books are Stephanie's Menus for Food Lovers, Stephanie's Seasons, Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion, Stephanie Alexander & Maggie Beer's Tuscan Cookbook, the widely acclaimed Cooking and Travelling in South-West France, and her memoir, A Cook's Life. stephaniealexander.com.au
By rosalee 13 Aug 2009
This is a wonderful book - not only recipes, but an amazing resource...things like how to make self-raising flour, what do you do with sago...how to sterilize jars. Ingredients are catalogued...(e.g. lemons...) a short section on varieties, storage, when they are best to use, what to look for when purchasing - followed by recipes and great little links to complimentary foods/recipes. Never really been a fan of Stephanie's before, but this work is a masterpiece.
By Liz 11 Jun 2009
Yes I am an aussie but would still highly recommend this book for anyone interested in cooking tried and trusted recipes and finding out innovative ways to cook a variety of food. Whenever I want an idea for a meal or how to cook a seasonal product, I turn to Stephanie's book first for inspiration. I have tried out her jam and chutney recipes when we get bucketloads of fruit from our backyard trees. Her cakes are delicious and the hints in the side columns of the book are great also. A great buy and an essential addition to any good cookbook library.
By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008
"Not an Aussie? Not in Australia? I would't let that stop me from owning a copy. This book is a worthy addition to any kitchen anywhere on the planet. OK, so the seasons in Aus are pretty much opposite to the norther hemisphere, but that's about the only 'issue' you could have with the book. Most of us know though, that asparagus are at their best in spring regardless of what month spring starts in your part of the world! If in doubt, just add about 6 months to Ms Alexander's availability and you'll be pretty much on the money.
I think I have tried every one of the recipes for passionfruit, and if I have a chicken, I look no further than TCC for inspiration as I have never been disappointed. My favourite way to cook roast chicken (or roast lamb for that matter) is Stephanie's way. Of course 'my' pavlovas, which are such a hit at family gatherings are step for step as per The Cook's Companion - fool proof.
The recipes are very easy to follow. There is a wealth of choices from the more complicated (though even they seem 'do-able'rather than unapproachable) to the ever-so-deliciously-basic (finger-lickin' duck bones have to be tasted to be believed). Something for everyone. Stephanie obviously loves food, and seems to understand not all of us want to spend hours in the kitchen all the time.
I am in total and complete agreement with other reviewers comments on the list of ingredients that 'go with' the chapter's featured ingredient. Meaning if you want to experiment with the case of astringent persimmons you have been given, you'll know that pantry items such as almonds, brandy, cinnamon and hazelnuts amongst other things will be very handy in creating your own masterpiece.
I have more beautiful cook books than I care to admit to, but if I had to give them all up, I would, so long as Stephanie Alexander's Cook's Companion wasn't one of them! After all, how else would I have known that the small flat seed in the middle of a choko was not only edible butdn't let that stop me from owning a copy of this book. delicious once cooked??
There are no photos of recipes in this book, though there are lovely moments in time photos sprinkled throughout. I don't think photos are needed as the recipes really are very easy to follow. It also has two ribbons in the second ed (I have both editions) which makes things even easier.
Do yourself a favour, and gift it to you or the cook in your family and you'll never regret it."