Sam Stern

Twenty-three-year-old author of six cookery books

Sam Stern has been publishing cookbooks since he was fourteen. He’s a recent graduate and a proud Yorkshireman (so he loves a proper cup of tea). He’s pretty handy in the kitchen too.

Sam has been cooking for as long as he can remember. From the moment he saw his mum bring a loaf of treacle bread out of the oven, he was hooked. As soon as he was tall enough to reach the worktop, he became the unofficial sous-chef for the family, helping his mum to turn out meals for the veggies, vegans and carnivores around the dinner table.

Sam wanted his friends to enjoy cooking as much as he did, and that’s what inspired him to write his first book, Cooking Up a Storm (2005), at the age of fourteen. Packed with family favourites and recipes his friends had asked for, he expected it to sell about ten copies. It turned out to be an international bestseller and a series of other cookbooks followed. In Real Food Real Fast (2006), Sam proved that making good food from scratch needn’t take hours; with a bit of organisation, anyone can knock out tasty dishes in no time flat. Get Cooking (2007) takes eight of the tastiest ingredients – cheese, chocolate, potatoes and more – and transforms them into over 120 delicious recipes. Sam Stern’s Student Cookbook (2008) became a firm favourite with those heading off to university. Its easy recipes, clear instructions, short ingredients lists, handy tips and focus on budget make it a must-have for any fresher. Not just for veggies, Eat Vegetarian (2010) is a collection of brilliant meat-free recipes that are tasty enough to convince the most committed carnivore to ditch the sausages (for one meal at least). Sam Stern’s Cookery Course: For Students in the Kitchen (2012/13) is a cookery masterclass in the comfort of your own kitchen for home cooks of all ages. Packed with essential cooking techniques, hints and tips, as well as a new selection of mouthwatering recipes, it’s a must-have for home cooks old and new. Sam’s passionate but down-to-earth approach to cooking has won him fans across the world. His books continue to dominate the youth cookbook market and have been translated into many languages.

Sam has attracted global media attention. He’s featured in all the UK broadsheets and most of the tabloids and has made regular TV and radio appearances (including BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Newsround, Sky News, Blue Peter, Calendar News and BBC Radios One, Two and Five). He was a regular columnist for children’s newspaper, First News, and a monthly recipe contributor and occasional restaurant reviewer for Yorkshire Life. He has also featured in Teen Vogue and many other teen magazines. He often features in the European media and completed a media tour of the US during which he did an interview and demonstration on The Today Show Live. In support of the School Food Trust, Sam designed a range of recipes for families to cook together – Sam Stern’s Sit-Down Dinners – which were used in national cookery clubs.
At the start of his gap year, Sam completed the intensive 12 week cookery course at Ballymaloe because he wanted to make sure his kitchen skills were up to scratch. He has done work experience in a professional kitchen and at home he always thinks three meals ahead.

Sam continues to cook and write. He harbours dreams of opening his own cookery school and restaurant/jazz bar.


Pumpkin Pie

Make the pastry: Using a machine, pulse the flour and salt in the processor for 4 seconds. Add and pulse the butter to amalgamate. Add the sugar and pulse again. Add the lemon rind, egg yolk and 3 tablespoons water.
26/10/2017 13:13 BST
American Style Gooey Cookie

American Style Gooey Cookie S'mores

Traditionally an American campfire classic, with marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between two biscuits, my indoor s'mores are the ultimate treat. With the addition of crunchy peanut butter, you can attempt to make all the ingredients yourself at home, or a take the easy road with my sure-fire shortcuts.
20/07/2017 08:31 BST
The Perfect Bloody Mary Sandwich With Bacon And Oozing Melted

The Perfect Bloody Mary Sandwich With Bacon And Oozing Melted Cheese

I couldn't think of a better way to brunch than this Bloody Mary melted cheese sandwich. Made with a Bloody Mary relish that will wake up your taste buds, it is perfectly matched with salty bacon and gooey cheese that is bound to cure any hangovers from the weekend.
26/06/2017 12:55 BST
Fresh And Crispy Fish Fingers With A Creamy Tartare

Fresh And Crispy Fish Fingers With A Creamy Tartare Sauce

Why buy the frozen variety when you can make your own fresh and delicious fish fingers at home! The perfect snack, these fish fingers are best served with my zingy tartare sauce. The sea bass can be swapped for any of your favourite white fish. You could even put them in a sandwich!
26/05/2017 13:40 BST
Beautiful Earl Grey Tea Cake With Lemon Curd Mascarpone

Beautiful Earl Grey Tea Cake With Lemon Curd Mascarpone Cream

A fluffy, tender and light cake with a subtle tea flavour and gorgeous lemon curd filling. Topped with a light lemon curd flavoured mascarpone cream, this cake is best served with a cup of Earl Grey tea, and will last for up to two days. You will need 2 x 20cm cake tins and a wire rack for this recipe.
09/05/2017 11:04 BST
Easy Chocolate Hot Cross Bun

Easy Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Make your friends and family very happy this Easter with my easy hot cross bun recipe with dark chocolate chips. The recipe takes time and patience, but your effort and kneading will be rewarded with these light and fluffy buns. They are best served straight out of the oven, or toasted with a little butter spread on them. You will need a pastry brush, piping bag, 1cm piping nozzle and flat baking tray for this recipe.
14/04/2017 15:23 BST
Cereal Milk Panna Cotta With Raspberry

Cereal Milk Panna Cotta With Raspberry Coulis

Who doesn't love to slurp the leftover milk from their favourite cereal in the mornings? I have taken the sweet milk from soaked cereal and turned it into a creamy panna cotta that is both nostalgic and delicious. You can use your favourite cereal for this recipe and the same method will apply.
03/04/2017 11:58 BST
Seriously Good Matcha Tea & Vanilla Baked

Seriously Good Matcha Tea & Vanilla Baked Doughnuts

Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day with my delicious matcha tea and vanilla green-themed doughnuts! These awesome treats are a healthier baked alternative to deep fried doughnuts and they don't compromise on taste or texture. Finished with an easy icing glaze, you will have a blast decorating these with your favourite designs. You are going to need a doughnut tray which you can find fairly easily online or in your local cook shop.
20/03/2017 15:49 GMT
Proper Easy Beef And Ale

Proper Easy Beef And Ale Pie

This easy slow cooked pie is worth the wait with beef that is falling apart and packed with flavour. Served with potato, bacon, mushrooms and ale, it is topped with store bought puff pastry to mop up the juicy sauce.
13/03/2017 14:14 GMT
Cheat 'Deep Fried' Ice Cream With Pancakes And A Caramel

Cheat 'Deep Fried' Ice Cream With Pancakes And A Caramel Sauce

Want a decadent but easy recipe for Shrove Tuesday? Love deep fried ice cream but don't have a deep fryer? Well, you will love our shortcuts that will give you the crunch and texture of deep fried ice cream without the hassle! Paired with a melt-in-the-mouth gooey caramel sauce, this is a treat you will come back to again and again.
28/02/2017 11:48 GMT
Blood Orange Layer

Blood Orange Layer Cake

Blood oranges are in season at the moment so make the most of them whilst they are around! They are so vibrant and will brighten up any dish. This cake is a beautifully light sponge that is layered up with cream, blood orange curd and lightly caramelised slices.
01/02/2017 15:15 GMT
Apple Crumble Cake

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

This combines two of my favourite things, apple crumble and ALL cake! The apple roses are an impressive touch and deceptively simple thing to make.
19/01/2017 14:54 GMT
Mississippi Mud

Mississippi Mud Pie

The ultimate in chocolate treats. Three layers of heaven: a crunchy Oreo base, gooey brownie, all topped with a rich, smooth chocolate ganache. I put this up there in my all time favourite chocolate desserts!
19/02/2015 18:03 GMT
Courgette and Feta

Courgette and Feta Fritters

These are the most delicious little bites. I recently catered for a wedding and we made hundreds of these babies for one of the canapés. They went down a storm! Serve them up with tzatziki or hummus and pass them round for all to enjoy.
06/11/2014 11:30 GMT
Sri Lankan Devilled

Sri Lankan Devilled Chicken

Sweet, sour, devilishly hot but full of complex flavours. I ate quite a few of these in Sri Lanka and this one just about measures up. It took me quite a few goes to get it right because it's all about the balance.
18/02/2014 12:08 GMT