The Cook's Companion

The Cook's Companion 8

The Complete Book of Ingredients and Recipes for the Australian Kitchen

by Stephanie Alexander

Hardback Publication Date: 04/10/2004

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RRP  $130.00 $97.45

One of Australia's kitchen staples, The Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander is a must-have for anyone looking to make delicious, unforgettable meals at home. A comprehensive collection of recipes ranging from Sunday dinner to biscuits and snacks, The Cook's Companion is made to be flicked through, perused and thoroughly digested.

The Cook's Companion has established itself as the kitchen 'bible' in over 500,000 homes since it was first published in 1996. This 2014 revision includes two major new chapters, two expanded chapters, 70 new recipes and a complete revision of the text to reflect changes in the marketplace and new regulations. 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

Stephanie Alexander's early food life was influenced first and foremost by her mother, Mary Burchett, a wonderful cook who was interested not just in recipes, but in the culture that inspired the dish.

She was eager to experiment. When she left school she went to the University of Melbourne and then studied to become a librarian (with no thoughts of working with food professionally). She left Australia at the age of 21 to see the world.

The world for her at that time was France, and she was delighted to discover that France was every bit as thrilling and satisfying as she had dreamed it would be.

In the intervening 40 plus years she has returned as often as possible and, whilst acknowledging change, there remained a value and respect accorded to food that she found renewing and reassuring.

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  • Worth every cent.

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    This is by far the best "cook book" I own. It's not divided into recipes, but organised by ingredients even as a vegetarian, I constantly use it to figure out different ways of using seasonal produce.

  • An essential for cooks' shelves

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    This is my go to cookbook for everything. Not only are there recipes organised by ingredient there is information about the ingredients themselves, and all relevant to Australian cooks.

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    By far the best cook book I have owned and I am 67 years old! So much more than just a recipe book. Very informative in so many ways. If you love cooking, you will love this book, an interesting read and an education. A must have for the serious cook.