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".
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)!
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.
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!