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The 10 Best Food Documentaries On Netflix Streaming Right Now

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Last Updated: May 5th

Eating and drinking are essential parts of life, right up there with breathing and sex. We’ll count on you to research the latter two items on your own, but when it comes to Food and alcohol we’re here to help.

Below are the 10 best food documentaries on Netflix right now that cover eating, drinking, and the vital place that these activities hold in our culture.

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10) A Year in Champagne

David Kennard’s likes spending a year in France figuring out how great wines are made. This one is a the perfect feature for a quiet night in with a couple bottles of wine and some stinky cheese. The premise is as advertised: a year spent in France’s champagne country examining the people, vines and lives of winemakers. It’s segmented into seasons to cover a full year-long cycle in wine making. Kennard focuses on the winemakers and their struggles, or triumphs. It’s a refreshing look at a huge industry on a micro, human level. The viewer is invited into family homes for a slice of life, a glass of wine, and an amazing meal.

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9) Sustainable

Chef Rick Bayless leads the way in the search for sustainable farming practices and what that really means for the American plate. The film draws on testimonies from farmers, restauranteurs, and policy makers to ask how we can legitimately move away from factory farming and find a better way to make and source our food. The film focuses on positive solutions that you can take right now to assure the food on your plate is better than anything factory produced where profits outweigh quality (and your health).

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8) Crafting A Nation

Chill that six-pack of your favorite craft beer and pop the corn — this one is about chasing the dream. The world of craft beer is exploding across the western world. Yet it is not for the faint of heart. Crafting A Nation follows several would-be brewers as they attempt to open up shop in their neighborhoods. The world of construction crews, bankers, investors, and even city utility bureaucrats stand side by side and with families that just want to follow their dreams. That dream is making a great craft beer.

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7) Food Matters

Food Matters takes a hard look at the whole issue surrounding our food from the ground all the way up to the medicines we take because of the subpar food we eat. The film looks deeply into how the food industry works, how pharmaceutical companies operate, and our overall health as a species due to food ways that are not the best we are capable of. In the end the film asks a simple question of whether you’re willing to change your habits for a better, healthier, longer life.

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6) The Irish Pub

There’s a sweet simplicity to the life of an Irish publican. It’s the slowness of life in Ireland coupled with the small town and quaint feel you get across the whole of the island. There’s also the Guinness, whiskey, and pub grub that makes Irish pubs some of the best places to tip back the ol’ tipple on the planet. The Irish Pub takes its time to talk with pub owners about their life, work, and devotion to not just getting people drunk, but providing the neighborhood with an escape from the doldrums of day-to-day life. Watching this one is a grand way to spend an afternoon, then head on down to your local pub.

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5) Somm

Madness is often the greatest attribute of an artist. Somm follows five guys as they study for theirMaster Sommelier exams. After watching this you’ll want to bow down before the next Master Somm you encounter as if they’re Zod. It really takes a little bit of insanity to pursue such a massively difficult qualification. Yet, you find these guys are just trying to carve out a life for themselves in the world. Commendable. Still crazy.

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4) For Grace

Why do we grind ourselves to a pulp with our work, our passions, our desires? For Grace asks these big questions against the backdrop of Chef Curtis Duffy opening a new restaurant from scratch (sorry). Duffy is recovering from his career literally destroying his family. He’s lost his daughters and wife in a bitter divorce. Now, he is just trying to build something that will humanize him again. It’s intense, sad and poignant. The film offers a glimpse into the hectic, frustrating and imperfect life behind the people that try to make perfect food.

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3) The Birth of Saké

Director Erik Shirai spent a year living with a group of dedicated men making saké. Not just any saké. They adhere dogmatically to a 2,000-year-old method passed down through their ancestral lineage. The task of making saké is sacrosanct to these men. It’s their duty. They leave their families for six months to live in seclusion at the still. The film is immersive as you dine, work and mourn with these craftsmen. A beauty to watch, and simple in its approach, you’ll never look at saké the same way again.

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2) Noma: My Perfect Storm

Noma is a controversial place. The film follows René Redzepi as he guides his signature restaurant through Michelin rankings, health scares, and Best Restaurant In The World competitions. There are ups and downs and uncertain futures. Yet the Noma team pulls through with might, innovation, and friendship. René’s life is explored while cooking eggs with his daughter, and through interviews with his muslim migrant father. It’s a fascinating peek behind the curtain of a mythical restaurant.

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1) Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro’s world renowned sushi begs the question: does perfection exist?

This documentary is a juggernaut of food and film. It tells a remarkable story of a man’s odyssey to create something truly unique, then maintain it, and then pass it on to his son. As Jiro’s journey winds down, you have to wonder if he ever had an off day. Or maybe he was one of those sprites who had that touch of magic which allowed him to elevate a street food novelty into high culinary art with relative ease. All that is clear is sushi is the mountaintop, and it seems lonely up there.

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For everything else you should be streaming on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, check out our comprehensive What To Watch guide.


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