On Tuesday March 5 at North Melbourne Primary School the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and Shadow Education Minister, Tanya Plibersek, and the Shadow Health Minister Catherine King announced that, if elected, the ALP would commit $6 million dollars to restore Federal funding to this inspirational and life-changing program. (Federal funding existed under the Gillard government but was discontinued by the Abbot, Turnbull and Morrison governments.) (more…)
Christmas was fun especially with a three year old in the house for Christmas Eve sleepover. And she did sleep. Her aunt and I were eager to see her reactions to discovering the carrots had disappeared and to see her bulging stocking but she refused to wake up. We finally prodded her awake at 7.45! My memories of my own childhood Christmases were of waking about 4am, hunting through stockings (more often a pillow case) conveniently found at the end of the bed, and dropping back to sleep. But she finally got into it and loved the unwrapping as much as the gifts.
For the last two months I have been dividing my time between touring the country promoting my latest book The Cook’s Apprentice, and whenever I was back in Melbourne, being the Founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
I was thrilled to have the following comment posted on Instagram by Yotam Ottolenghi
‘Love lemons on book covers, you may have noticed. But forget the lemon, Stephanie has written another classic, the ultimate teaching book for young cooks.’
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.
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.