Cookbook Review: Home by Stephanie Alexander (and win a copy)

Thanks to Macmillan and Lighthouse PR, we have a copy of Home by Stephanie Alexander (RRP $65) to giveaway. Just email with your name and postal address and you’re in the draw. Entries close Wednesday 22 December – good luck!

When the new Stephanie Alexander book came into the office my squeals of delight could be heard around the building.

I adore Stephanie! She’s one of my favourite all time foodies and her The Cook’s Companion is my absolute bible for cooking – even if it doesn’t have any pictures (I know, it upsets me too!). To top off her awesomeness she’s also passionate about kids and cooking, and is  the founder of Kitchen Garden – a wonderful initiative for little people to learn all about growing food and what to do with produce.

But, on to her new book Home….well, I took it home and we tried a couple of recipes. First up was the risotto. This is an easy ‘base’ recipe which can be personalised depending on what is seasonal, or in the fridge. We went with mushrooms, and boy we were not disappointed! It was a perfect risotto, and will easily become part of our regular family dinners. As you can see, the cook was my husband Josh who found the recipe easy to follow and  the timings spot on!

Next, we planned for a tarragon and cream chicken dish. I’d planned to be the chef that night – but work and taxiing the kids got in the way, so it was Josh to the rescue again. You can see from the pics that (due in no way to Stephanie) we slightly overcooked it – but the kids said it was one of their “Top 10 Dinners”! A real compliment from our little food critics; so that’s another one to add to the repertoire.

With a perfect score of 2/2 my whanau would be happy to HIGHLY recommend HOME as a cookbook – it would make an excellent gift OR an excellent addition to your own collection. It has lovely pictures, thoughtful essays which give insights into Stephanie’s food philosophies and contains some really simple recipes to help nail the basics, some tips and tricks for cooking for one,  as well as some treat recipes for those who are a little more adventurous or confident in the kitchen. All in all – it’s a gem!

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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