Stephanie is the author of fourteen books, including the best-selling Australian kitchen bible The Cook's Companion, and for over thirty-five years was a renowned chef and restaurateur. In 2009 she published The Kitchen Garden Companion, an inspirational family guide to growing and using edible crops. Her 35-year career has spanned books, words, food and young people, and she is now preoccupied with giving back wisdom and experience in meaningful ways. In practical terms this has meant establishing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and successfully lobbying policy makers to support its program of pleasurable food education which integrates with the general curriculum. In 2012 there were over 30,000 Australian children growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing seasonal food in 260 primary schools. The program intends to expand to include ten per cent of all Australian primary schools by the end of 2015. In 2012 Stephanie published her memoir, A Cook's Life.