So why the obsession with Stephanie? We have often been caught out talking about her like she's a good friend of ours, only to have to explain to unsuspecting friends that actually, it's a cooking bible written by a wonderful Australian chef who works with lots of fresh, local produce. We have both owned this book for years, and some of our favourite dishes have come from The Cook's Companion.
Why do we love it so much? Well it's pretty simple, actually. Aside from the informative introductions for each section, it really is like a bible, or a dictionary. If I have ever been given lots of, say, lemons, I would just thumb through the lemon section and have a look at the many recipes where I could use this core ingredient. There are just so many useful tips in this book, from how to store ingredients, to when they're in season and what other ingredients they pair well with.
Stephanie Alexander is an Australian icon and has had several restaurants through the years. Her current passion is a gardening cooking program aimed at educating children about food. As the future of our country, it's good to know that someone is trying to stop today's kids from a life of chips and pies (not that there's anything wrong with the occasional chip)
Stephanie's Official Website
The Cook's Companion on Amazon