Best of New Zealand now playing on US TV

Annabel_Langbein_The_Free_Range_Cook_Simple_Pleasures_US_HarvestingPotatoesAnnabel Langbein’s The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures TV series has begun screening throughout America on local Public Television network channels. Experience New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery, celebrate our food producer characters and enjoy sumptuous recipes – all from the comfort of your own couch! More importantly support NZ Inc and Annabel by spreading the word and at the same time, share a taster of home with your friends.

Now America’s armchair travellers can experience New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery and exquisite seasonal produce from the comfort of their own couches when Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures screens on free to air Public Broadcasting stations across the States.

In each half-hour show, Annabel ventures out by jetboat, helicopter or in her trusty yellow truck to explore exciting new frontiers in food. With her free-spirited approach and effortless recipes, she demystifies the latest trends in food and shows US home cooks how easy it is to live healthily and resourcefully in today’s busy world.

The series has screened in 92 countries around the world and is now rolling out in major markets across the US. The Free Range Cook – Simple Pleasures is currently screening on Public Television in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Austin, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Charlotte and Los Angeles. To date, more than 70 percent of the public television market is putting the series on their schedules during Fall and Winter.

For specific dates and times check your local Public Broadcasting listings or visit Annabel’s blog. A US imperial edition of the accompanying cookbook will be available on from mid October.

Annabel Langbein is New Zealand’s answer to Ina Garten or Martha Stewart. She heads a multi-disciplined media company, her award-winning television series airs in over 90 countries around the world and she has sold over two million cookbooks internationally. She has written and published 22 cookbooks, several of which have been New Zealand’s best-selling book over all categories, in the year they were published. Her straightforward recipes demystify trends and show home cooks how to maximise fresh, local and seasonal produce.

In the 13 half-hour episodes of The Free Range Cook – Simple Pleasures television series, Annabel invites viewers into her idyllic home located on the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s scenic South Island and prepares easy yet impressive meals for entertaining friends and family. Her menus showcase her garden-to-table philosophy in a warm and approachable style.

The Free Range Cook – Simple Pleasures cookbook features all of the dishes demonstrated on the series as well as many more. Stunning images of food and New Zealand’s rugged landscape sit alongside more than 200 tried and tested recipes such as Chicken & Leek Gratin, Venison Tataki, Spicy Beef with Harvest Vegetables, Annabel’s famous Orange Lightning Cake and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

An adventurer at heart, Annabel is uniquely qualified for her role at the forefront of international trends for sustainability, having lived in the wilderness for much of her youth, growing vegetables, hunting and fishing, cooking over an open fire and living off the land.

Having always grabbed life with both hands, a horse riding accident proved a life-changing moment. Hospitalized for four months with a badly crushed spine and seven broken ribs, she was given a five percent chance of walking again. In the path of recovery she had plenty of time to reflect on how she could share her kitchen and garden skills and knowledge to empower others. And so her first cookbook was born. Her passion to connect people through cooking and show them that leading a good life is easily achievable has led her to develop the Free Range Cook television series.

To learn more about Annabel Langbein, visit her website.