10 Great Food Movies to Stream on Netflix Instant Tonight

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On hot, sticky summer nights I like to stay home, AC blasting, popcorn in hand, watching something on Netflix Instant. It can be hard (or at least annoying) to traverse the world of what's currently available to stream, so we made it a little bit easier for you. If you're in the mood for something delicious to watch tonight, skip the movie theater and curl up on your couch with one of these 10 food-centric films instead.

Of course Netflix doesn't have a handful of the classic food movies to stream, including the always amazing Babette's Feast, which you can always buy on iTunes if you're in the mood (or worse: never seen it). These ten food films are currently available to stream on Netflix right now, but again, that seems to change rather frequently.

Below I've included a peek of the movie from a trailer or short clip, and then linked to the movie on Netflix so you can start your food-movie binge with ease.

Big Night

Why You Should Watch It: If you're in the mood for good Italian food, this one is for you. The movie chronicles the life of a failing Italian restaurant on the New Jersey shore in the 1950s, and the owners' (two brothers) big gamble on getting the restaurant back on its feet.

Kings of Pastry

Why You Should Watch It: This is kind of like Top Chef: Just Desserts, but French. This documentary explores the prestigious world of high-end French pastry and what it takes get there.

Haute Cuisine

Why You Should Watch It: Based on a true story, this movie recounts the tale of Hortense Laborie and her appointment to run the kitchen for the President of France.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Why You Should Watch It: If you enjoy movies based on passion and dedication, this one is for you. This documentary profiles chef Jiro Ono and his 10-seat restaurant in Tokyo.

The Raw and The Cooked

Why You Should Watch It: Take a short trip to Taiwan with this fascinating food documentary.

Like Water for Chocolate

Why You Should Watch It: This love story chronicles the story of a forbidden love and the protagonist's ability to express her intense emotions through her cooking. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Tortilla Soup

Why You Should Watch It: A heartwarming food movie about restaurants, food, family, and romance. What more could you want?

I Am Love

Why You Should Watch It: This incredibly stylish and gorgeous movie portrays the wealthy Recchi family and includes some excellent food scenes. Also: Tilda Swinton stars in the movie.

Bottle Shock

Why You Should Watch It: You don't need to know a lot (or anything) about wine to enjoy this movie. Based on a true story about the "Judgment of Paris" this movie highlights the rise of California's wine scene in the 1970s.

Today's Special

Why You Should Watch It: If you're looking for something heartwarming, this is your movie. An haute cuisine sous chef finds himself back at his family's restaurant learning how to cook Indian food with flavorful results.

What are your favorite food-centric movies on Netflix instant? Anything we missed?

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