Laura Calder is a passionate home cook, hostess, writer and enthusiast of all things art de vivre.
Best known for her James Beard Award-winning television series, French Food at Home, Laura’s shows have aired – and continue to air – in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. Laura was also a judge for two seasons of the show Recipe to Riches and host of the specials Chefography, The Château Dinner, Laura Calder Explores the French Alps, and ‘Twas the Night Before Dinner. She has appeared on Iron Chef America and Top Chef Canada.
Laura’s fifth book, The Inviting Life, will be released by Random House in fall 2017. She has a bi-monthly column, Domestic Affairs, with Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, beginning September 2016.
Past work includes four cookbooks, all published by HarperCollins: French Food at Home, French Taste: elegant, everyday eating, Dinner Chez Moi: the fine art of feeding friends, and Paris Express: Simple Food from the City of Style.
Laura was born and raised in rural eastern Canada. She studied and worked in the culinary field in France, the USA, and Canada. Laura holds undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and linguistics, and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. She was honoured as a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government in 2011. English is Laura’s mother tongue, but she also speaks fluent French, respectable Italian, rusty German, and reads Spanish. After a decade in France, Laura now lives in Toronto and is married to author and journalist Peter Scowen.