There are countless of food and food industry documentaries on our various streaming channels by now. Diet fads, food economy buffs and current events journalism have all gotten their turn in the spotlight. Primarily we think a good food documentary should entice you with real, cold-hard facts, gorgeous cinematography and editing (it is after all a film) and an entertaining story. If it has all three of these characteristics then we're sold!
Below are some of the food film "staples" we have on our streaming lists and that by now everyone should have seen at least once!
HERE ARE THE 5 FOOD DOCUMENTARIES YOU SHOULD HAVE WATCHED BY NOW:
(plus an extra bonus video!)
1. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2011)
Directed by David Gelb
Why we love it? It's got Jiro Ono! Sushi Genius Masterchef and adorable Japanese man! David Gelb, known also for the popular Netflix Series; MIND OF A CHEF, has an incredible eye for food cinematography. Basically it makes you want to eat your TV and we love it...It also gives you a glimpse of what true dedication to craft looks like in the Japanese culture. Truly a must see.
2. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD (2010)Directed by Joe Cross and Kurt Engfehr
Why we love it? We are not ones to push any particular diet fad or lifestyle choice but this documentary does show a great transformation story, gives good insight to the results and effects of a bad diet and what it means to come out safely on the other end. We love this documentary for its entertainment value and inspirational connotations.
3. THE BIRTH OF SAKÉ (2015)
Directed by Erik Shirai
Why we love it? Once again we are mesmerized by the cinematography and story telling of a Japanese food culture documentary. This film leaves you enchanted with the long-standing culture of saké making and the hard work and dedication that goes into making it. Watch it and prepared to be amazed.
4. FOOD, INC. (2008)
Directed by Robert Kenner
Why we love it? There aren't a lot of people who love food who have not seen this famous, Oscar nominated, food documentary. Please be prepared for some disturbing food images and perhaps a break from your usual Sunday roast. However, if you can keep an even-keeled mind and not get too fanatic about the political aspects of it all, then this documentary lends some interesting facts and allow you to gain a better understanding of how you can help yourself navigate more responsibly and health-consciously in the food industry. You've got to see it at least once.
5. THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO
Directed by Ian Cheney
Why we love it? Well; it makes you laugh, it makes you hungry and it keeps you interested to the very end. We love this highly entertaining, delicious food documentary and if you are a food nerd or simply love food and film this is a great one to watch as it takes you on a search for the origin of this famous and iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish. Who doesn't love Asian-American cuisine?!
6. BONUS VIDEO!
JAMIE OLIVER: TEACH EVERY CHILD ABOUT FOOD
a TED Talk
Why we love it? Number 1: We love Jamie Oliver. Number 2: We wholeheartedly agree that we need to end "food-ignorance" and Number 3: OMG! Look at all the SUGAR! ....Honestly; just watch it.
Make sure to let us know what you think of these films and leave your favorites below in the comments!