Stephanie Alexander's unparalleled career in food has spanned five decades. For 21 years, she was the force behind Stephanie's Restaurant, an establishment that set a standard that defined an era. She is the author of 18 books, including The Cook's Companion, which has become the kitchen bible for Australian cooks, selling over half a million copies. In 2001, she launched the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, which now operates in more than 1000 schools around Australia, teaching children about growing, preparing, cooking and sharing delicious, fresh, seasonal food. The recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia and an Officer of the Order of Australia, Stephanie has launched hundreds of careers, inspired generations of home cooks and fundamentally transformed the way we think about food in this country.
The book is well-named: Stephanie Alexander is a chef with the heart of a home-cook, and this book is infused with the warmth of the kitchen. And it is so much more than a compilation of recipes, wonderful though they all are: it is a reflection on a lifetime's eating and the distillation of a lifetime's wisdom.. . . What else can I say about this delicious book except every home should have one! --Nigella Lawson