Seriously, These Documentaries Will Change the Way You Think About Food

Updated 05/05/19
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The hardest channel to part with when I decided to cut the cord on cable was hands down the Food Network, with honorable mentions for Bravo (Top Chef) and CNN (Parts Unknown). While watching previous episodes of Anthony Bourdain's Emmy-winning series on Netflix whet my appetite for exploring cultures and cuisines for a while, once I'd seen each episode two (or maybe three) times, I knew I needed to add some new titles to my watch list. And luckily Netflix is a foodie's dream

From an inspiring documentary about a dedicated sushi chef to a fascinating film about the crazy crime that shook the wine world, these flicks streaming on Netflix are so good that you don't have to consider yourself a foodie to enjoy them. Filled with heart, humor, and humanity, these watch list–worthy documentaries are as much about food as they are about the people who make it and enjoy it. Ahead, discover nine documentaries that will make you want to grab a fork (and a wineglass).

Cooked

Acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores culinary traditions around the world and makes the case that "when we learned to cook was when we became truly human" in this four-part Netflix documentary series.

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Somm

Grab a glass and prepare to dive into the intriguing world of wine. This captivating documentary follows four wine aficionados as they study for one of the industry's most-difficult tests, the master sommelier exam.

Chef's Table

If you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain's Part's Unknown, you're going to want to binge-watch Chef's Table, a Netflix documentary series that offers viewers a peek into the lives and restaurants of some of the world's most celebrated chefs.

The Birth of Sake

Follow along as director Erik Shirai spends a year learning about the 2000-year-old tradition of making saké from incredibly dedicated craftsmen who live and breathe it. You'll never think about the Japanese rice wine the same way again.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This film appears on just about every list of must-watch Netflix documentaries on the internet, and for good reason. Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the story of a chef who's on an inspiring and humbling quest to perfect his craft despite his restaurant already having a three Michelin–star rating.

Sour Grapes

Meet Rudy Kurniawan, a man serving a 10-year prison sentence for "wine fraud," in this fascinating crime documentary about the case that shook the wine world.

For Grace

Chronicling Chicago chef Curtis Duffy's journey to open his three Michelin–starred restaurant Grace, this documentary is as much about the restaurant industry as it is about the chef's life. Trust us—you need to add this poignant, powerful documentary to your watch list.

Chef's Table France

This spinoff of Netflix's popular Chef's Table series focuses on the rich culinary traditions of France, highlighting some of the country's most renowned chefs, such as Alain Passard, Adeline Grattard, and Alexandre Couillon. Francophiles, you won't want to miss this one.

Noma: My Perfect Storm

For an inside look at one of the world's most celebrated restaurants, queue up Noma: My Perfect Storm, a documentary that offers a rare view into the kitchen René Redzepi's signature restaurant.

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