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Sneak Peek at Documentary 'El Bulli: Cooking in Progress'

Jessica Leibowitz 3 comments

In Gereon Wetzel's new documentary El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, we follow Adrià and his staff as they enter El Bulli's six-month hiatus between seasons. They devote this uninterrupted chunk to developing new recipes for the upcoming year, a luxury unbeknownst to just about everyone else. More

Video: In Mali, Thousands of Fisherman Empty a Lake in 15 Minutes

Robyn Lee 6 comments

This clip from BBC One's documentary series Human Planet shows what happens the one day a year when the Dogon people in Mali are allowed to fish in the sacred Lake Antogo in the village of Bamba. It only takes 15 minutes for thousands of fishermen to clear out the lake. More

DVD Giveaway: A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour

Hot Dog of the Week Hawk Krall Closed

For the final week of the Hot Dog of the Week's Connecticut Hot Dog Tour, we're giving away five copies of the DVD and one deluxe set, which includes both the DVD and an 11x14 original art print from the Connecticut Hot Dog Tour series. To enter to win one of the five prizes, just tell us your favorite hot dog toppings in the comments section. More

A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour: Blackie's Hot Dogs

Hot Dog of the Week Hawk Krall 8 comments

A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour is a brand-new (and terrific) documentary from filmmaker Mark Kotlinski that takes an in-depth look at ten of Connecticut's most interesting and delicious hot dogs. Kotlinski really digs deep into the history of these places. One such place is Blackie's, an old-school hot dog joint that has really come to define Connecticut as a hot dog mecca. More

Video: Use Both Hands (A Bagger's Anthem) from 'Ready, Set, Bag!'

Robyn Lee 4 comments

Documentary Ready, Set, Bag! follows eight state champion baggers from across the country working to win the National Grocers Association's Best Bagger competition. One of those baggers, Roger Chen from Alabama, is the subject of this uplifting auto-tuned anthem about bagging and practicing until you can't get it wrong. More

The Kings of Pastry, a Documentary About the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Competition

Lingbo Li 2 comments

The Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (M.O.F.) competition is the ne plus ultra of pastry-making. Chronicled in the documentary "Kings of Pastry" by D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, it makes Top Chef seems like child's play. More

Meet & Eat: Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis of Truck Farm, a Farm on a Truck

Meet and Eat Leah Douglas 7 comments

Longtime friends and documentary filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis broke onto the food scene with their thought-provoking documentary, King Corn. Still hopeful to arouse new interest in agriculture, the two are now attempting to prove that farming can happen in even the most urban of areas. Despite many skeptical looks, they are successfully growing vegetables in the bed of a pickup truck! I chatted with Curt and Ian about their current projects and their hope for the future of urban agriculture. More

Video: Being A Fish In Japan: Tuna

Robyn Lee 1 comment

Japanese fishmonger/rockstar "Captain" Tsurizao Morita started his fish-themed band Gyoko ("fishing port") to get people to eat more fish and learn to appreciate it. Besides singing about fish, part of the way he does this is by filleting a tuna's head on stage and describing how to cook it. Watch Morita in action, learn what makes tuna "rock," and get a look inside Tsukiji, the world's biggest fish market, in this segment from the series Being a Fish In Japan. More

Mon Dieu! Daniel Boulud Biopic, French School Lunch Documentary

New York Adam Kuban Post a comment

[Photograph: Un Certain Goût de L’Amérique] If you find that French cinema has a certain je ne sais quoi, you might want to check out these upcoming foodcentric flicks. Un Certain Goût de L’Amérique: Daniel Boulud This biopic "traces... More

Serious Green: Movies That Go Beyond Food Inc

tressa eaton 19 comments

©iStockphoto.com/thebroker This summer's Food, Inc. has brought food consciousness in the U.S. to a whole new level. If Food, Inc. made you hungry for more info on food production in the U.S., you should get your hands on one of the movies below. These films range in theme from school lunches to genetically modified foods. People can talk and write about food production and industrial feed lots till they're blue in the face, but seeing sometimes makes all the difference. Food, Inc. was groundbreaking because it was the first enviro-food film to be screened at major movie theaters across the country. But the small, food-focused films that follow after the jump played at independent festivals and then never seemed... More

In Videos: Man Sleeps With Pigs for BBC Documentary

Carey Jones 2 comments

It’s one thing to read about the conditions in which factory-farm animals are kept. But it’s another to actually live the life of a pig slated for bacon. For a recent BBC documentary, titled My Life as an Animal actor Richard da Costa spent four days in the pigpen—sleeping on a bed of straw, feeding on soy-alfalfa pellets (“so disgusting that you would rather go hungry”), and dodging the frequent tussles of his snorty pen-mates. Did bonding with the piggies turn da Costa off meat for good? “It was two months before I could eat pig after coming out of the farm,” he writes in the corresponding article. But his aversion didn’t last. “I finally cracked…I was lured back... More

In Videos: Midtown Lunch's Zach Brooks in 'The Great Food Revolution' Documentary

New York Erin Zimmer 2 comments

Lord of Midtown Lunching Zach Brooks was featured in a Canadian documentary produced by the CBC called The Great Food Revolution. A portion of Part Four was dedicated to food-blogging and features Zach strolling down the street, doing his... More

HBO Documentary on Le Cirque Debuts December 29

New York Erin Zimmer 6 comments

Restaurant closings don't seem like a big deal anymore, but on New Year's Eve in 2004, when iconic New York restaurant Le Cirque closed its doors, it very much was. The 78-minute documentary Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven... More

Ethicurean Reviews New Documentary 'Food Fight,' Underwhelmed

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The Ethicurean, a blog devoted to the organic and sustainable eating ethos, is predisposed to love a film like Food Fight (not to be confused with Foodfight!), where the premise rests on the same mantra. But get ready for a plot twist—they didn't love it. Here’s where I bite the nice hands who fed me the DVD review copy. We three found ourselves squirming restlessly in our pews. Too many putative saints were being paraded past us on litters of glistening lettuces, and the familiar hymns sounded off key in their new arrangements. Ethicurean founder Bonnie Powell watched a preview copy (screenings are just in Los Angeles currently) and while she found it beautiful visually, said it could have... More

Serious Eats Original Video: Save the Honeybees

Ed Levine 23 comments

The first-ever Serious Eats-produced documentary about Colony Collapse Disorder. More

'The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World' Documentary Series

Robyn Lee 1 comment

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET is the premiere of the four-part documentary series The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World on Sundance Channel. The subject of the series, West Lake Restaurant in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, has 5,000 seats and over 300 chefs, and holds stage shows in addition to serving food. Watch the restaurant in action in a promo of the series after the jump. [via New York Times]... More

Recipes from '1 Bite 7 Days' Now Available

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Recipes for vinegar pie and pomegranate soup from the 1 Bite 7 Days project are now posted on the official site.... More

'1 Bite, 7 Days' Documentary Project

Robyn Lee 4 comments

I didn't go to last weekend's Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, New York expecting to eat anything interesting or unusual, but thanks to 1 Bite 7 Days I got the opportunity to taste three dishes that were new to my taste buds. 1 Bite 7 Days is Heather Menicucci's documentary project named after a Japanese proverb that says, "For every new food we eat, we gain seven days of life." After trying one of her complimentary dishes (or three, if you're a glutton like me), participants enter a private booth where they can talk about what they would do with their extra seven (to twenty-one) days, with their responses being recorded on camera to be compiled into the final... More

In Videos: Sneak Peek at Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow's Spanish Road Trip

Robyn Lee 9 comments

Spain...On the Road Again is an upcoming PBS series documenting Mario Batali during his four month-long eating spree through Spain with a few of his friends. Maybe you've heard of them: actress Gwyneth Paltrow, food writer Mark Bittman, and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols. Take at peek at their fooding adventures with this four and a half minute montage of their travels. The full series will air in September.... More

On DVD: 'Donut Day' and 'Dishes'

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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

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