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My New Book – The Cook’s Apprentice

The Cook's Apprentice

I’m excited to announce that my new book, The Cook’s Apprentice, is at the printers and will be released in October 2018!

This book was inspired by The Cook’s Companion, but this time I found myself thinking of young people just starting to cook.

The new cooks I know often have many questions about ‘how?’ and ‘what is it?’. This new work concentrates on achievable (but of course delicious) recipes, highlighting and explaining each technique as well as identifying unusual ingredients and where to get them.

I had  a curious teenager in mind as I wrote … but I know that new cooks come in all shapes and sizes, all genders, and all ages. Circumstances change in families, and sometimes even older ‘non-cooks’ find themselves becoming ‘new cooks’!

There are 54 chapters and 300 recipes. The language is straightforward and where a recipe has been transferred from some other work, I have scrutinised it to ensure that it is crystal-clear and never confuses. Each ingredient has its quirky and delightful hand-drawn image by artist and designer Evi O.

Last week I had the excitement of seeing a mockup of the final book whilst doing some short video clips for eventual social media promotion.

The Cook’s Apprentice will be available in bookstores and online from 1st of October 2018.

What’s Cooking? Melbourne University survey

Alumni survey

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are looking for people aged 18–23 to take part in a new study about what young people are cooking and eating.

The What’s Cooking? study is a follow-up to the evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program that  found children who were part of the Kitchen Garden Program had better cooking and gardening knowledge, skills, and confidence, and an increased willingness to try new foods.

The new evaluation aims to find out if these changes are retained when participants become independent young adults.

All adults aged between 18 and 23 years who attended primary school in Victoria are eligible to participate in the study.


Take the Survey

The Cook’s Table – Book Tour Dates & Ticket Giveaway

The Cook's Table Tour November 2016 will be a busy month touring various cities in celebration of my new book, The Cook’s Table. I hope you can join me at an event near you!


Book Signing, Dymocks Brisbane
12.30pm, Wednesday 2 November
Fresh Food Markets, Reddacliff Place, 266 George St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Bookings not required

Event, Brisbane Powerhouse
7.00pm, Wednesday 2 November
In conversation with Kylie Lang, audience Q&A and book signing
Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005
Tickets: $30 (full), $35 concession Book here

Literary Breakfast, Riverbend Books
7.00am, Thursday 3 November
Breakfast, in conversation with Suzy Wilson, audience Q&A and book signing
Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba QLD 4171
Tickets: $40 Book here



Book signing at Kinokuniya
4.00pm, Thursday 3rd November
The Galeries, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
RSVP here

Literary Dinner, Bathers Pavilion SOLD OUT
7.00pm, Thursday 3 November
In conversation with Julie Gibbs, Literary Dinner, audience Q&A and book signing
The Bathers’ Pavilion, 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral NSW 2088
Tickets: $125, includes a three course dinner and a glass of wine
Bookings: SOLD OUT

Event: Better Read than Dead
6.30pm,  Friday 25 November
In conversation with Annabel Crabb
Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallet St, Camperdown
Tickets: $5. Guests are also welcome to join us for dinner at Acre after the talk. The set menu is $55
Book here



Literary Dinner, Australian National University
6.15pm, Friday 4 November
Literary Dinner, in conversation with Marion Halligan, audience Q&A and book signing
University House, ANU
Tickets: $85, includes appetiser, two-course dinner, tea or coffee & glass of Clonakilla Wine
Book here or phone 02 6125 5270

Muse Canberra
2.00pm, Saturday 5 November
In conversation with Masterchef’s Trent Harvey, audience Q&A and book signing
Muse Canberra, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston ACT 2602
Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink) Book here



An afternoon with Stephanie Alexander, Burnside Ballroom
12.30pm, Monday 7 November
In conversation with Callum Hahn
Burnside Ballroom, 401 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore SA 5065
Tickets: $20, includes light lunch and wine
Book here or phone  (08) 8366 4280

Literary Dinner, The Artisan Cafe
7.00pm, Monday 7 November
Literary Dinner, in conversation with Heather from the Artisan Café, audience Q&A and book signing
The Artisan Café, Blackwood
Tickets: $80.00 (includes $5 off purchase of book)
Bookings: Call Shakespeare’s on (08) 8278 9888

Melbourne & Victoria

From the vault presented by Yalumba
Part of Good Food Month
6.30pm, Friday 11 November
Stephanie Alexander joined by Tansy Good, Jacques Reymond, Anthony Lui and Guy Grossi
At Grossi Florentino Upstairs
Tickets: $250, includes five courses with Yalumba paired wines. SOLD OUT

A Summer’s Day Party with Stephanie Alexander
Presented by Eltham Bookshop
6.30pm, Monday 14 November
St Helena’s Secondary College, Wallowa Road
Tickets: $85 for singles, includes a copy of the book or a $65 gift voucher; $100.00 for couples, includes a copy of the book. Everyone gets a complimentary glass of wine and delectable finger food to taste.
Bookings: 03 9439 8700 or or by visiting 970 Main Road, Eltham.

Literary Lunch, Queenscliff
In conversation with Paul Bangay
12.30pm, Wednesday 23 November
Shelter Shed Queenscliff, 25 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC 3225
Tickets: $125 (incl. $20 book voucher, 2 course lunch and glass of Pol Roger NV
Bookings:  (03) 5258 4496 or email

Literary Dinner in conversation with Larissa Dubecki, Montalto
7.00pm Friday 18 November
Presented by The Wheeler Centre
Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, 33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, Victoria 3937
Tickets: $60, inclusive of food; wine charged on consumption
Book here



Luncheon, Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust
12.00pm, Wednesday 16th November
2016 Christmas Conversations Luncheon
Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
$75 per person, includes two-course lunch and a glass of sparkling on arrival
Book here

Literary Dinner at Hill Street Grocer, Devonport
6.00pm, Wednesday 16th November
Hill Street Grocer, Devonport

Literary Lunch at Hill St Grocer, Hobart
12.00pm, Thursday 17th November
Hill Street Grocer, 70 Arthur St, West Hobart TAS 7000

Unveiling my new book

The Cook's Table by Stephanie Alexander

I have been working very hard to complete the testing, cooking and photography for a new book, The Cook’s Table, to appear in November, 2016.  The cover is taken from a woodblock by the talented Cressida Campbell.

The Cook’s Table features 25 chapters, each presenting a menu inspired by an occasion or place from my memory, such as ‘A Jamaican Jerk Party’, ‘Birthday Party for a Teenager’ and ‘Autumnal Italian Lunch in a Suburban Farm’.

Arranged in menus, the recipe collections evoke a shared table with family and friends, and beckon the reader to create special occasions. Each menu includes recipes, cooking timetables and shopping lists.

This book has sprung from my desire to revisit memorable meals often enjoyed in equally memorable locations. Sharing food experiences has always made me happier than anything else. Anticipation is part of this, and that includes planning the menu.

The Cook’s Table can be pre-ordered from Booktopia and Angus & Robertson.