Food Documentaries You Should Watch

You know what they say about April showers and May flowers? Well, unfortunately it looks like we’re in the middle of said showers and it doesn’t seem like this rain is letting up anytime soon. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curling up and watching a movie? Since you’re going to be stuck indoors anyway, you might as well learn something too. I’m a huge fan of the documentary section of Netflix, and I found a really interesting list of some of the best food documentaries that you can stream right now. A lot of the films look like they’re meant to scare people, but some of them take an interesting journey into the world of different foods. You can view the full list here, but these are some of the ones I think look really interesting and will probably end up watching sooner or later.

“Spinning Plates” takes a look at three very different restaurants and shows all the work that goes into creating a great restaurant


“A Matter of Taste” follows perfectionist chef Paul Liebrandt through his journey of starting his own Michelin-starred restaurant


I’m actually really jealous of this guy. “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt” follows filmmaker Matt Reynold’s cross-country as he searches for the perfect chicken wing. What a great job.


I had to watch “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” for a previous class and it is a really interesting piece that takes a look into the Japanese culture by focusing on Jiro, the owner of an extremely popular sushi restaurant. I guarantee your mouth will be watering by the time this one is over.


“At its core, “Forks Over Knives” is a convincing case for veganism. Through interviews with scientists and doctors, the film suggests that a whole grain and vegetable-based diet could help banish heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and other major health issues.” This one hits close to home for me, since heart disease runs in my family.


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