Whenever I'm hunting for a movie to watch on a Friday night, I inevitably find myself scrolling through the documentaries on Netflix. Thankfully, there are quite a few great ones, particularly in the food space. Here are 10 food documentaries you should add to your Instant View queue:
Remember back when Good Eats was a new TV show? We sat wide-eyed staring at the television; it was like science class in high school (if we had been paying attention). One moment that still rings clear every time I boil water happened in the pasta episode, way back in the very beginning. Did you know Alton is strictly against adding oil to his pasta water? Want to know why?
Kids know how to party! Check out these festive celebrations from the Apartment Therapy Family channel, which posts kids' parties every day. We'll be bringing you a roundup of these inspiring parties every week.
We don't feature much "nerd food" around these parts, but recently I ran across two separate recipes for the much loved fish sticks and custard. One is made of actual fish and the other is a slightly sweeter version. Although you won't need a sonic screwdriver, there's probably a whisk involved. So come check out these takes on a Dr. Who inspired classic.
It's that time of year. Already some kids are back in the classroom and many of us will be sending our children off on Monday or perhaps the following week. Whatever are we going to do with all that extra time? (Just kidding!!) But perhaps you'll have a few extra hours to go back to school and get an edible education.
We all know Cookie Monster loves to eat cookies, but it turns out he's quite the baker, too! Cookie Monster's famous cookie dough recipe first appeared in Big Bird's Busy Book, from the 1970's. If you like a bit of nostalgia mixed in with your sugar and eggs, this recipe is for you:
For a sneak peek into the family recipes that have influenced accomplished bakers, chefs and food bloggers, check out Cultural Kitchen, a new YouTube series on the Tasted channel. Each brief, beautifully-shot episode explores the personal story behind one important recipe with well-known food figures, such as Korean food blogger Maangchi. Watch the utterly adorable episode about her grandmother's rice cake soup below.
One of the things we love about Food.Farmer.Earth, the YouTube video channel, is how succinctly but beautifully it connects viewers with the wisdom of people who grow, raise, and prepare food. "Sustainable agriculture" can be a rather daunting subject, but Food.Farmer.Earth brings food issues home with cooking tips, first-hand stories, and well-curated content.
American cheese slices (aka plastic cheese, fake cheese) are a polarizing food subject. Some folks turn their noses up, and for good reason. American cheese technically isn't even cheese and must be labeled 'cheese product.' Its flavor is mild (some would say bland) and it's full of chemicals. But others enjoy the convenience of the individually wrapped slices and its melting qualities are legendary. It doesn't separate or get greasy but oozes into a smooth, creamy pool.