Laura Calder Explores: The French Alps - special on Sunday, Aug 26
I know there are a few Laura Calder fans on this board. This is a new show that she filmed this past spring. I am not sure if it is a one-off special or a pilot for a future series.
It's supposed to be airing on The Cooking Channel, Sunday, 26 August at 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific, but check your cable provider. The show might also be listed with the title "France Exposed".
Thank you so much for the reminder. I knew from her website that a special was scheduled for August 2012, but never heard anything more. I have DVR'd all of her shows and I count her as one of the few bona fide cooks on air today. Each time I watch, I learn something new and I know her recipes are classics, not something lifted from church cookbooks. Again, thanks!
Watched the show last evening. It was enjoyable, mostly because of Laura and because the French Alps are a little bit off the beaten path.
It's still a formulaic road-trip show, but Laura does do some hands on work with the chefs and artisans that she interviews. I would be very happy to see many more episodes of this featuring other regions of France.
I was especially intrigued by the eau de vie chocolates. My SO loved the sequences with charcuterie, and cheese from Abondance. I have every reason to suspect that he will be heading here:
as soon as possible for supplies.
I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, as someone pointed out, it is a little formulaic but she still managed to appease the ratings Nazis at the network and still add her own unique touch. I can't wait for the rest to be aired!
This show is now on the very short list of cooking shows that I'll watch - if the Cooking Channel will ever get the remaining episodes out (hint-hint networks)!