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Laura Calder — 16 Tasty Morsels

Laura Calder -- French Food At Home

Laura Calder -- French Food At Home

From six-year-old local bake-off winner to James Beard award winner, Laura Calder has some enviable culinary experiences under her apron…

Laura Calder — 16 Tasty Morsels

  1. Hosts French Food At Home — simple French home cooking which anyone can make
  2. Won first cooking award at age six for Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing
  3. Pulled off her first multi-course family dinner at age nine – each dish contained cheese
  4. Was obsessed with German baking – including breads and pretzels
  5. Snacks on iron-rich dulse…seaweed from off the coast of Canada
  6. Dulse - Atlantic sun-dried seaweed

    Dulse - Atlantic sun-dried seaweed

  7. Attended cooking school in Vancouver
  8. Loves personal recipe collections and handwritten cookbooks
  9. Worked for a wine expert in Napa, California
  10. Collaborated with Anne Villan – founder of Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Burgundy, France
  11. Craves Panda Licorice
  12. Panda Licorice

    Panda Licorice

  13. Wrote her first cookbook, French Food At Home, while in Paris
  14. Has a deep appreciation for fresh coffee with a frothy head from an Italian paraspruzzo
  15. Italian Paraspruzzo Coffee Maker

    Italian Paraspruzzo Coffee Maker

  16. Wrote for Gourmet, Salon, The Wine Journal and The Times of London
  17. Apprenticed in starred restaurants and worked as a private chef
  18. Has been known to use porcelain “pie birds”
  19. Porcelain Pie Bird

    Porcelain Pie Bird

  20. Won 2010 James Beard Award for her show,  French Food At Home

Catch French Food At Home on Cooking Channel, beginning May 31st.

Your favorite French dish or specialty?


Comments (2383)

  1. Anne posted 05/18/2010

    Laura Calder is just such a lovely and amazing woman! Keep writing and cooking, Laura! Cheers.

  2. Ninnette posted 05/21/2010

    I love cooking
    been doing this for 25 plus years
    married and have 2 boys
    and soon I will get to meet Bobby Flay

  3. Emily posted 06/01/2010

    I don't care how French are her recipes, I don't care how talented she is, I don't care if she spent 10 years of her life in France and I'm not telling she does not have her space in this channel BUT I don't understand why the Cooking channel was unable to find a French chef to present French cuisine. Anjun Anand is cooking Indian food, Ching-He Huang is cooking Chinese food, Ingrid Hoffmann is cooking Latin food: everything seems legitimated here…Why were you unable to introduce to us a young Eric Ripert, a young Hubert Keller, a young Jacques Pepin? (and no, she's not the new Julia Child even she's good).

    • Cindy posted 02/15/2012

      Oh, and Emily, one more thing….. it sounds to me like you need to take a nap!

  4. LINDA posted 06/02/2010


  5. Kelly posted 06/03/2010

    The recipes on this show were no better than those on Barefoot Contessa. I agree with Emily, I would rather see a french chef make french food.

  6. chefd posted 06/22/2010

    Hey Laura! Your show is great! Your a natural! Also Informative and comical at the same time! It's great you like seaweed! We eat alot of different ones on the island, if you ever want a island recipe just a click away!!!!!!

  7. Frenchy posted 07/22/2010

    Too uptight for television…….. maybe trying tooooo hard to be like Julia Child? Nobody can EVER replace Julia!

    The hand movements bother me….. is she conducting an orchestra behind the camera???


  8. Edward posted 08/08/2010

    Enjoy her. Enjoy the recipes. Enjoy the settings. Enjoy the laid-back feel of the show. As for the music…..make it stop! Please, make it stop! The same two or three songs over and over and over and over. Especially the one where some guy scats through a paper towel tube. Many of the posters have said they like it but they had only started watching. Let’s see what they think when they’ve heard the same thing 22 times.

  9. gueste posted 02/25/2011

    Rachel Ray is not a cook. Barefoot is not a good cook either. What hell they doing on TV? Chopping onion
    massaging chichens, washing hands. This is not that cooking channel is about.
    Spend 30 min and make what Laura Calder makes – this is ART!
    And give me a break. Rachel is filling all spots – are we Rachel RAY nation or they paying poor girl so little money that she does everything they ask her to do. She already lost her voice. TV guys, give her a break.
    She is not quite Opra. And I don't want to see Rachel Ray face 8 hours per day.

  10. Male Enanhancement posted 06/16/2011

    The recipes on this show were no better than those on Barefoot Contessa. I agree with Emily, I would rather see a french chef make french food.

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  15. Alexander posted 08/09/2011

    They need MORE MORE MORE of this wonderful woman! Make NEW shows PLEASE!

  16. Chris posted 08/11/2011

    Home made French foods are delicious. Thank you Laura for sharing your recepies, love it!!!

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  18. Ms. Tart posted 09/01/2011

    Could we have more Laura Calder please? She just great. I love her style of cooking and her style.

  19. Ruth posted 09/06/2011

    Love Laura and her show!

  20. Dr. Larry Yampolsky posted 09/06/2011

    I LOVE the new Laura Calder show!!!!! I've watched ALL the cooking shows for several years and at last I now have something to look forward to on TV!!! Laura's personality, charm, great looks, intelligence and delivery is refreshing and captivating!!! I was at the point where Giada, Rachael & Guy were demeaning in their presentation and intollerable to watch!!! It sounded like they were doing kindergarten programs and thought they were all that!! Totally boring!! Thanks Laura for changing the entire face of cooking tv!!

  21. realitalianchef posted 09/16/2011

    Laura's show is wonderful. Simple ingredients cooked well with wonderful results. What more could one ask ? Certainly she is head and shoulders above that pseudo Italian who seems to be unable to boil water unless showing off her cleavage. Oh, and the "Italian's" recipes are an insult to everything Italian. Just awful!

  22. Ana Jensen posted 10/29/2011

    Laura, I love your show and wait impatiently for the next one. Thank you so very much, you make it look so easy and friendly

  23. Karen Qualls posted 12/03/2011

    I love this show. I agree you would have to be an idiot to think your race,culture or genetics would automatically mean you were predisposed to a talent. That is the basis for bigotry. A skill is learned. Some have a talent that can be groomed. We can all learn to do something better. I have duplicated many of her recipes and they work. She isn't arrogant. Some recently famous chefs are arrogant and have lost sight of the goal. I really enjoyed the show, hope to see more. I am purchasing her cookbooks.

  24. Shanne posted 12/04/2011

    I have been a fan for the last year now. I have purchased ALL of your cookbooks–including the newest. The recipes are fun and most are easy to prepare. I look forward to new shows in the future. In Louisiana we are known for our fantastic food. Laura, you make the grade!! Come to Louisiana soon. It would be fun to see you in person.

  25. Deborah posted 01/29/2012

    Love Laura Calder's show French Food At Home. The food she prepares is wonderful, the music so enjoyable and the ease of which she cooks and entertains is a pleasure to watch. I watch both Cooking Channel and the Food Channel and Laura's French Food At Home is a must see and record.
    Please keep this show !

  26. Raymond V . Alsis posted 04/12/2012

    Dear Laura; You deserve that James Beard Award , ten times over! I would Like to send you an old , uncopywrited cookbook , from Lexington , Virginia. The Baba au Rum is as simple as a desert could be, and you can pull it off with STYLE! RSVP Ray

  27. denoferth posted 05/22/2012

    Wow, Laura! Where have you been all my life? Witty, easy on the eyes and a fabulous cook to boot. I only wish your show was on more often and at a different time. Here in New Hampshire channel 239 you’re on at 12:30 on weekdays and 12 noon on Saturdays which causes me to miss it your show way too often. .

  28. Michael J posted 08/22/2012

    I love your show , your personality, and your food. I grew up in a house that didn't know that the way we ate was so very French.
    My Mom used fresh produce, found the best cut of meat on sale, and always kept a pantry full of wonderful things,spices, herbs, mustards, vinegars ,oils, pastas, grains and legumes. She would come home and we would make things I thought every family did. After watching your show, I realized that my Great Grandmother , Lorraine, who was from Nice, was a great influence on how I eat today.
    I grow my own herbs, buy fresh and local when I can, and always keep my pantry full of wonderous treasures. I just wanted to let you know that your show is more than a cooking program. It has made me learn more about my family history, and given me pride in what I thought was everyday!

    Your true fan,
    Michael J

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