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==== ==== I love Annabel Langbein - well her cooking. Down to earth, the Free Range Cook presents delicious,easy recipes. ==== ==== Annabel Langbein is a New Zealand celebrity cook, food writer and publisher. She is also a regular radio guest and TV presenter, and has fronted her own TV series, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, on the TV One network in New Zealand. She is known for promoting organic food, primarily using seasonal ingredients and is a member of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand. As a teenager in the 1970s she says was a fully-fledged hippy and feminist, railed against domesticity, consumerism and the urban world in general and left home and school at the age of 16. Her mother took her to Europe in the hope of showing her the 'real world' but on her return she moved up the Whanganui River with some friends to enjoy an alternative lifestyle growing vegetables, cooking over a fire and living off the land. For several years she hunted and fished for much of her own food and it was during this time that she honed her skills through endless experimentation. She started to cook for a living when she went to Gisborne to work as a chef in a friend's restaurant. She realised that she couldn't cook the same food every day and used the opportunity to save some money for an Overseas Experience. She travelled the world experimenting with different flavours but got sick in South America. She didn't want to return home but developed a strong desire to cook and eventually made her way back to New Zealand. She never formally trained as a chef but has a Diploma of Horticulture from Lincoln University in New Zealand. She has also attended residential cooking courses at the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York. Since 1984 she has worked as a food writer. She has written for several magazines including NZ Life & Leisure since its first issue, a fortnightly column for the NZ Listener, as a feature writer for Cuisine for 11 years and as food editor for Grace. She also is a regular guest on New Zealand's Newstalk ZB radio network. She has authored 18 cookbooks which are published in numerous languages and have been sold all around the world. Her 2010 book The Free Range Cook was available in more than 70 countries and sold more than 110,000 copies. In 1991 she established the Culinary Institute of New Zealand, a specialist food marketing consultancy, and was responsible for marketing and media campaigns for New Zealand food manufacturers, retailers, and exporters, as well as promoting New Zealand food offshore for Trade New Zealand. For seven years she was a director of New Zealand gourmet cheese company Kapiti.

She is the principal of Annabel Langbein Media Limited, an Auckland-based company that provides food and lifestyle media services, including book publishing and TV and video production. In August 2010 TV One debuted her show, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, a 13-part series filmed at her holiday cabin. She co-produced the series and worked with a seven-person TVNZ crew over a six-month filming schedule. It was the first time she had fronted her own cooking show and series on television. ==== ==== I love Annabel Langbein - well her cooking. Down to earth, the Free Range Cook presents delicious,easy recipes. ==== ====

Who is Annabel Langbein?  

Annabel Langbein, New Zealand Cook and Writer of 18 cookbooks hosts an excellent Organic Food and Cooking program on NZ television. Her so...

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