My Netflix queue is embarrassingly long. I know I’ll never get the chance to watch them all, but I can always find something I want to watch.
There’s of course Orange Is The New Black and Breaking Bad on that list alongside plenty of documentaries. When it comes to documentaries about astronomy, food, or prehistoric earth, I can’t possibly get enough.
If you’re a foodie too who likes documentaries, I hope there’s one(or seven!) thing on this list that catches your eye. Whether you like news trends and scientific reporting or reality shows a la Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, there’s something here for everyone.
This is one of the most underrated food documentaries available in my opinion. It takes a different approach by literally having people from Craigslist go vegan and share their thoughts on the transition and lifestyle. I like that it uses people with different beliefs and doesn’t come from one biased standpoint.
If you love Chipotle(and really who doesn’t?) you’ll probably want to watch this short documentary. It gives a peek into the history and future of Chipotle, a large chain that breaks the rules of fast food and focuses on healthy, quality ingredients. There are no shocking scandals or controversies here–just good old burritos and guacamole.
Spinning Plates tells the story of 3 different restaurants in very different settings. You get to learn about the food but more important are the families behind the restaurants. This documentary shows how much the people behind the food matters and the ups and downs of owning your own restaurant.
This documentary feels like a movie at times as it follows elite pastry chefs in France through one of the industry’s highest honors. It lets us into a world otherwise incomprehensible where making the perfect pastry sculpture is as thrilling as a Super Bowl or World Series.
Freaky Eaters is a guilty pleasure reality favorite of mine. Each episode follows a person struggling with a good addiction from 20 cans of Coke a day to habitually eating raw corn starch. You really won’t learn much from this show but an episode can be an entertaining way to spend 20 minutes.
Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead is a documentary about the power of juicing. It follows one mans journey from being–you guessed it–fat, sick, and nearly dead from a poor diet to the other extreme: An all juice diet. Watching this won’t make you swear off solid foods forever but it might inspire you to drink juice more often.
No list like this is complete without Food, Inc. which is probably the most popular of any food documentary there is. If you haven’t seen it, I’d strongly encourage watching it first even though it’s the last of this list. It’s not overly preachy or provocative–Michael Pollan lays out straight facts about the food industry and advocates for better awareness of what we’re eating.
Do you have a favorite foodie documentary?