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'Bitter Feast:' Mario Batali in a Straight-to-DVD Horror Film About a Food Blogger

Erin Zimmer 6 comments

First I should clarify that by "in" I mean, about two-and-some-change minute's worth of Mario Batali's face at the very beginning. But he does have a few lines in Bitter Feast, the bloody horror flick that somehow went under your radar (imagine that!). It's definitely the first horror film I've seen involving organic, prime grade beef burgers. More

DVD Giveaway: Food, Inc.

Erin Zimmer Closed

[foodincmovie.com] I didn't jump to see Food, Inc. in theaters. Maybe it was a fear of feeling too guilty to ever eat a questionably-sourced steak again. Or a depression induced by montages of baby chick fluffballs crammed on a conveyor belt. But once it was available on DVD in November, I gave in—and was happy I did. The film points fingers at the large agra-corporations monopolizing America's food supply, but does so in an informative, and not super-nauseating way. Don't get me wrong, the shots of ammonia-cleansed ground beef didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, but the film provided a practical message for eaters and shined a light on the lesser-discussed food policy issues, like seed patents... More

On DVD: 'Donut Day' and 'Dishes'

Adam Kuban Post a comment

Speaking of food films, a couple cute food-related documentaries came across my desk recently, and I figured I'd pass word of them on to you. Donut Day, produced by Amy Levine and Dhera Strauss, follows the staff of Sweetwater's Donut Mill over a 24-hour period. You're treated to a behind-the-scenes look at a beloved local doughnut shop as it bakes five- to six-thousand doughnuts a day for its customers, many of whom keep their own coffee mugs there, a testamanent to the shop's quirkiness and hominess. I especially liked seeing the doughnut-filler machine in action and learning the term "cosmetic icing"—a glazing applied to blemished yet still edible specimens. 52 minutes. Available on DVD for $15 (includes shipping), at donutdaydoc.comDishes,... More

What to Watch This Week

Harold Check 4 comments

Despite the fact that it crashed and burned like a soufflé left in the oven too long, the first and only season of Kitchen Confidential makes it to DVD this week. Darren Star's half-hour riff on Anthony Bourdain's excellent memoir starred Bradley Cooper (Alias) as the stand-in for the wiry world-traveler. I don't think more than half of the 13 episodes collected here aired before Fox loudly announced "Check, please!" but if you're a glutton for a Sex-and-the-Citified sitcom where everyone wears chefs' whites, look no further than this two-disc set. Other stars include cult favorites Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks). Netflix at your own risk.... More

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