Food and I have been engaged in a torrid love affair for the last 28 years. I’m passionate about it and I can’t get enough! The past couple of years, I have been in uber foodie mode, which has led me to want to understand it more than just–I eat whatever tastes good.
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I want to know what it does to your body, who makes it the best, how it’s grown and the politics of it in America. I want to lead you to some of the best food documentaries out. Get the couch comfy and lay out the snacks because it’s time to learn about one of the best things in the world–FOOD!
“Supersize Me” is considered the holy grail of food documentaries, in my book. Director, writer and “star” Morgan Spurlock spends one month eating nothing but what’s on McDonald’s menu and chronicles the toll it takes on his health. This film is completely shocking (and gross)! You will forever think twice before pulling into the drive thru when you see this. (100 min., PG)
This 2008 documentary provides an extremely unflattering look at the corporate controlled food industry in America. Some parts are downright disgusting, while others teach you that the power you hold as a consumer is much bigger than you imagine. This film isn’t just interesting or entertaining, it’s important! (94 min., PG)
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of food go to waste every night in every city when grocery stores throw out “old” or broken inventory. Filmmaker, Jeremy Seifert and his friends are what is referred to as “Dumpster Divers.” In the wee morning hours, they head to the back alleys of grocery stores and salvage food, using it for themselves and to feed the homeless. They call it “Living off America’s waste” and they give us an eye-opening look at how backwards the food system really is. (45 min., unrated)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
If you love sushi, you will be salivating at the screen throughout the entire movie! 85-year old sushi master, Jiro Ono serves up what is considered to be the best sushi in the world at his 3 Michelin star restaurant, Sukiyabashi. An extremely disciplined man, Jiro is striving for perfection while his 50-year old son waits in the wings with the hopes of one day taking over. (81 min., PG)
This documentary takes a very disturbing look at the lives of the 400,000 migrant workers who pick the food we eat in America. It focuses on the children who work 12-14 hours a day over a six month period every year. This gives you a look at what is really happening with unregulated agricultural child labor across the U.S. and what you can do to help. (80 min., unrated)
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