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An essential teaching cookbook for children, teens and adults learning to cook

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<i>The Cook's Apprentice</i> by Stephanie Alexander

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Stephanie Alexander, one of Australia’s most cherished cooks and food educators, and author of The Cook’s Companion, is back with another instant classic, brimming with tips, techniques and recipes for new foodies.

With over half a million copies sold in Australia, Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion is an iconic Australian cookery book. The definitive guide on ingredients, cooking techniques, kitchen equipment and recipes, it has often been referred to as the kitchen ‘bible’, and is a staple in home and professional kitchens all around the country.

The Cook’s Apprentice is the essential teaching cookbook for anyone just starting out in the kitchen, whether children, teens, adults leaving home for the first time, or anyone learning to cook.

Where The Cook’s Companion taught us about produce in Australia, The Cook’s Apprentice has an emphasis on techniques – the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of cooking – and is packed with advice to ensure new foodies are relaxed and confident in the kitchen.

In The Cook’s Apprentice, Stephanie introduces the new foodie to everything they need to know about the kitchen, from utensils and how to use them, how to handle chilli, using a mortar and pestle, how to whisk eggs into soft peaks, to why it’s important to rest meat, how to test if a cake is properly cooked, and removing stones from olives.

Stephanie also explains measurements, weights and volume, and even how to pronounce tricky ingredients.

Across 54 chapters – from apples to zucchinis – there is information on each ingredient’s seasonality, how to prepare it, its varieties, other ingredients it pairs well with and how to pick the optimal produce at the supermarket.

The Cook’s Apprentice contains over 300 recipes, varying from easy to a bit more challenging in Stephanie’s three spoon rating system, an indication of how long it will take to create from pantry to plate, and identifies which techniques are used per dish.

‘I can help you become a relaxed and confident cook. I can share what I know about choosing the good, better and best in the marketplace so you can join me in supporting our local food heroes. On the top of my wishlist is a desire to make every one of you a lifelong food lover, to enjoy cooking for yourself, your friends and for your own family without anxiety, and to become a supporter of the very best we have,’ says Stephanie.

About the author

Stephanie Alexander AO is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators. Her reputation has been earned through 30 years as an owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 16 influential books and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

Everything she has achieved and worked towards has been driven by her desire to break down anxieties about cooking, to emphasise the beauty of produce fresh from the garden and to promote the pleasures of sharing around a table.

Her fifth book, The Cook’s Companion, is regarded as an Australian classic, and has sold over 500,000 copies. In 2013, this monumental work, in response to the new technology, first appeared as an easy-to-use digital app.

In 2014 Stephanie became an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. She was named Victorian of the Year in 2010 and, in 2012, appeared in the number one position on Crikey magazine’s list of the most powerful people in Australian food.

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.

The Cook's Apprentice by Stephanie Alexander is published by Lantern, an imprint ot Penguin Random House (Sydney, NSW; Oct 2018; Hb; RRP A$45.00). It is available at all good bookshops and can also be found to purchase online via booko.com.au »

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