7 Documentaries about Food that You'll Love

If you like food and documentaries, you are going to love these 7 films (and film series). Each is a unique look at what it takes to make the food on our plate. Tell us in the comments below which one film you enjoyed the most or if we're missing your favorite food documentary. 


1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This documentary is ridiculously charming. It's the story of an 85-year-old sushi chef that runs a famous, ten seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. It explores complicated family relationships and the beauty and intense devotion it takes to be a Michelin star sushi chef. 

Available on: Netflix | Amazon 

2. Kings of Pastry

This movie is a ride! It's heart-stopping excitement watching pastry chefs compete in the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, France's Nobel prize for pastry. You'll be truly invested in the fates and fortunes of the 16 pastry chefs competing. 

Available on: iTunes | Google Play

3. Chef's Table

Chef's Table is a documentary series featuring culinary stars from around the world. The chefs are creative, exciting, and dramatic, but the food really shines in each episode. The cinematography is truly phenomenal and you'll be incredibly inspired by the uniqueness of each chef. 

Available on: Netflix

4. Cooked

Michael Pollan's documentary Cooked is split into episodes - "Fire", "Water, "Air", and "Earth". Pollan is a prolific food author and evangelist for real food. Cooked is primarily a celebration of food and understanding how and why we cook. It's not a beat-you-over-the-head or scary documentary about the food system, but it will inspire you to think more about how you engage with your food. 

Available on: Netflix

5. Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change is a thought provoking documentary about the diet industry. If you're interested in weight loss and the sugar industry, you'll be very inspired by this film. 

Available on: Amazon | Hulu | Google Play

6. Food, Inc. 

Food, Inc can be tough to watch - it delves into corporate farming in the US which is both environmentally degrading and abusive to factory workers and animals. It's not all doom and gloom though and shows many large companies moving towards organic and sustainable food. It's a very well done film and worth watching if you are interested in where your food comes from. 

Available on: Netflix

7. Sustainable

The first clip in the trailer below may not look like it, but Sustainable is an uplifting story of farmers and chefs working together to save family farms by growing and serving unusual produce in Chicago restaurants. It touches on environmental issues, factory farming, agribusiness, and climate change; but it's ultimately a story of hope. 

Available on: Netflix | Amazon | Google Play


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