She’s been in our kitchens for decades and now beloved cook and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, shares some of her favourite menus, most precious memories, and decades of experience in the kitchen, to make any dinner party you are planning a special occasion.
‘Sharing food experiences has always made me happier than anything else...I like to imagine that this book will lead to many wonderful parties around a table.’
The Cook’s Table is a milestone book featuring 25 menus ranging from far and wide to close at hand. Stephanie begins each menu with an introduction in which she shares moments from her life that inspired each one. From trips to Peru, Italy and Istanbul to memories such as creating a ground breaking Valentine’s Day menu at Stephanie’s Restaurant and remembering Elizabeth David.
For this very special Saturday afternoon event we’re thrilled to welcome Stephanie Alexander in conversation with Canberra’s own 'MasterChef' Trent Harvey.
Growing up on the family apple orchard in Batlow, New South Wales and later moving to Canberra, Trent has truly experienced the wholesome country lifestyle. This lifestyle has led to his developing a passion and understanding of the importance of fresh and local produce in relation to cooking and community.
Through his genuine passion for food, culture and travel and a life changing experience on MasterChef, Trent grew into the avid foodie and personality he is today.
In The Cook’s Table each menu provides a meticulous timetable for the cook, starting days leading up to your dinner party, to the morning of, right up to minutes before your guests arrive. The essence of Stephanie’s planning is to be away from the table as little as possible, so as not to miss out on those valuable moments and stories shared with friends and family.
Every dish in this book can be successfully made by a careful home cook. They are seasonally minded and cater to modern palates while respecting traditional methods and flavours.