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Newsletter 55 – A big moment



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I am about to launch my 18th book into the market and of course there is a mix of excitement and anxiety.

The intended readership is new cooks, of whatever age and whichever gender. The book is illustrated and designed by the talented Evi O. My hope is to attract more and more tentative cooks into the kitchen and introduce them to the joys of cooking for themselves and their friends and family by smoothing the way and explaining the techniques and ‘why’s’ that can loom as stumbling blocks for the inexperienced. I had a teenager in my mind as I wrote but various grandparents have assured me the book will be perfect for their grandchildren of many differing ages.


The Cook’s Apprentice – Book Tour Dates

The Cook's Apprentice

October and November are set to be busy, touring various cities in celebration of my new book, The Cook’s Apprentice.
I hope you can join me at an event near you!


Western Australia

Event: Literary Lunch at Cape Lodge
12.30pm, Sunday 7 October
In conversation with Ian Parmenter
3341 Caves Road, Yallingup
$95 per ticket, includes a three-course lunch as cooked from The Cook’s Apprentice
Book here. 

Event: Books at Bars
6pm, Monday 8 October
Currambine Bar and Bistro, 14 Hobsons Gate, Currambine
$7 per ticket + booking fee, includes nibbles and food platters.
Book here.

Event: Stephanie Alexander in conversation at Subiaco Library
7pm, Tuesday 9 October SOLD OUT
Subiaco City Library, 237 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Contact Subiaco City Library for bookings and enquiries here.


New South Wales

Event: Kiama Supper Club
5:30pm, Sun day 14 October SOLD OUT
Sebel Kiama, 31 Shoalhaven Street Kiama
$50 per ticket, includes main course and glass of wine on arrival.
Book here.

Event: Long Table Lunch: Stephanie Alexander at Bannisters
12pm, Monday 15 October
Bannisters Resort, 191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook
$80 per ticket, includes two courses and a glass of bubbly on arrival
Call Bannisters on 02 4455 3044 for tickets and enquiries.

Event: Morning tea at Centennial Vineyard
10:30am, Tuesday 16 October
Centennial Vineyard, 252 Centennial Road, Bowral
$30 per ticket
Available through The Bookshop Bowral 02 4862 1634.

Event: The Masters Series: Stephanie Alexander
6.30pm, Wednesday 17 October
As organised by Good Food for Good Food month
Hyde Park Palms, Elizabeth St, Sydney (near St James’ Station)
$150 per ticket, or $280 with a copy of The Cook’s Companion
Includes a three course meal with paired wine and beer, as cooked from The Cook’s Companion
Book here.



Event: Stephanie Alexander in conversation with Chris Gordon at Readings
6pm, Thursday 25 October
Readings Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
This is a free event, but bookings are essential.
Book here.



Event: An evening with Stephanie Alexander in Burnie
5:30pm, Tuesday 30 October
The Point at West Park, 8 Bass Hwy, Parklands
Tickets $10, which includes a drink on arrival.
Book here.

Event: Morning Tea with Stephanie Alexander
10:30am, Wednesday 31 October
Pepper’s Silo Hotel, 89-91 Lindsay St, Launceston
Tickets $35 per person
Book here.

Event: An evening with Stephanie Alexander in Hobart
5:30pm, Wednesday 31 October
Fullers Hobart, 131 Collins Street, Hobart, TAS 7000
This is a free event, but bookings are essential.
Book here.



Event: Stephanie Alexander and Bruno Loubet in conversation with Nicole Dyer
7pm, Wednesday 7 November
Robina Library & Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Bookings open 8 October.

Event: A morning with Stephanie Alexander in Tweed Heads
10am, Thursday 8 November
Tweed Heads Library, Wharf St, Tweed Heads
This is a free event, but bookings are recommended.
Contact Tweed Heads Library for bookings and enquiries, 07 5569 3150

Event: Stephanie Alexander in conversation at the Brisbane Powerhouse
7pm, Thursday 8 November
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Tickets are:
/$35 plus booking fee
/$30 + booking fee for concession
/$66 + booking fee for ticket and a copy of The Cook’s Apprentice
Book here

Event: A Literary Lunch at the Grand View Hotel
12pm, Friday 9 November
Grand View Hotel, 49 North Street, Cleveland
Tickets are $50, which includes a two-course lunch
For booking contact the Grand View Hotel on 07 3884 3000 or functions@gvh.com.au

Event: Literary Lunch with Stephanie Alexander in Noosa
12:00pm, Saturday 10 November
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas 
33A Viewland Dr 
Noosa Heads, QLD 4567
Tickets are $65, and include three courses.
Tickets available from Mary Ryan Noosa.
Contact noosa@maryryan.com.au or 07 5455 4848 for bookings and enquiries.

Event: An Evening with Stephanie Alexander in the Barossa Valley
6:30pm, Wednesday 28th of November
Chateau Tanunda
9 Basedow Rd
Tanunda, SA 5352
Tickets $10, which includes supper and coffee/tea.
Book now through Barossa Library on 08 8563 8440.

South Australia

Event: Stephanie Alexander in Adelaide in conversation with with Poh Ling Yeow
6.30pm, Thursday 29 November
Payneham Library, 2 Turner Street, Felixstow
Tickets $5.
Book here.


Please check this page for upcoming events regular updates.

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.

Available from Booktopia and Angus & Robertson.



Newsletter 56 – On Tour!

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For the last 6 weeks I have been travelling to promote my new book The Cook’s Apprentice.

A book tour can strike fear in the heart of shy and introverted authors. It is a heady mix of admiration even adulation, long car journeys, solitary moments in hotel rooms, lots of signing and smiling, and for me at least, ragged sleep as I dwell on the last event and anticipate the next. However I have been treated wonderfully well and have met many dedicated and enthusiastic bookshop proprietors.


Newsletter 54 – A bit of history.



I was lucky to visit this exhibition at the Art gallery of South Australia with a few of my fellow French students just days before it closed. Many thanks to frenchwithnicole.com.au for organising the day. What a splendid show it was! And what a beautiful gallery it is. There were not too many people, it was possible to stand in front of any painting for as long as you wanted and, dare I say it, far fewer visitors snapping away with their phones.

Many of the works were familiar from visits to the Quai d’Orsay in Paris but the way in which the show was curated was exciting. The works were grouped to show how these much-loved artists used colour in new ways, starting in the first room with rich blacks and deep tones, moving into a room of snowy scenes with blue reflections, then works of blue and green, then rose and violet. The walls of the various rooms were painted in complementary colours to show off the paintings. A cool lavender for the snowy paintings, a deep blue-green in the blue and green room.


Newsletter 53 – It’s definitely porridge weather

Pin Head Oats | Steel Cut Oats | Porridge | Stephanie Alexander

On these chilly mornings I am reminded of the superlative breakfasts I enjoyed at Ballymaloe House in County Cork, Ireland. The porridge was one of the highlights. It was made from stone ground oats, alongside was a jug of cream and unrefined brown sugar that melted almost instantly into toffee-like trails. Steel-cut oats, or pinhead oats, are different from the rolled oats that are more commonly used. Rolled oats are first steamed, then pressed between rollers and dried. They absorb liquid more quickly and thus the porridge cooks faster but with a loss of flavour. For steel-cut oats, each oat ‘groat’ is split into several nubby pieces. Usually simmered with water (sometimes pre-soaked) the porridge retains much of the shape of the groat, resulting in a chewy and nutty-tasting porridge.

Being made with water you can add cream to this bowl of porridge without any twinge of guilt. As a child my favourite was hot milk, brown sugar and a lump of butter. I enjoyed watching the butter melt into a golden pool on the surface of the bowl before I stirred it in and ate it. I have never been a fan of slicing raw fruit such as bananas into my oatmeal. And I would prefer to have a separate bowl of stewed fruit rather than combining them.