We’re in a golden age of TV. Despite all the cord-cutters out there, or perhaps because of them, there are so many quality TV shows being released every day that there are not enough hours in the day to watch them all. You have to be choosy. For food lovers, here are a few good options.
Most food fans are familiar with Michael Pollan, the journalist behind influential works such as the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the documentary In Defense of Food. In Cooked, a four-part Netflix Original docu-series from 2016, Pollan does what he does best, exploring how food affects our lives in a myriad of ways. Pollan gets his hands dirty, attempting to learn how to cook, to reclaim our connection to ingredients and traditions. Each of the four episodes is focused on one of the natural elements: fire, water, air and earth. They’re all engaging.
Master of None
Season two of Master of None starts in Modena, Italy, where Dev, played by Aziz Ansari, is working on his pasta-making skills. Each episode has highlights for food lovers, especially episode two, which features a masterful multi-course meal at Michelin-worthy Osteria Francescana, nice nibbles at a classic Italian food market, and delicious views of the Italian countryside.
The Mind of a Chef
Each season of this PBS show is hosted by a different chef or chefs, and each episode focuses on a single topic—it could be an ingredient, or a cuisine, or a person. Favorites include “Rotten” in season one, “Restauranteur” in season two, which tracks April Bloomfield as she preps for the opening of her restaurant Tosca in San Francisco. The show is a great window into what it’s like to be a chef. How they think, what they like to eat, and how dishes come together.
This Netflix Original series tells the story of Takeshi Kasumi, a newly retired 60-year-old, who spends his time rediscovering the joy of eating, as he strolls around his neighborhood and beyond. The food shots are mesmerizing, and the moments where Kasumi daydreams of samurai exploits are fun. Overall, this is a great show, especially for fans of Japanese food and culture, and those who are interested in learning more.
Chef’s table is a foray into the kitchens of well-known, well-respected chefs around the world. From Sweden to Patagonia and many points in between, you get to know some of the thinking behind the food and flavors they put on the table. It’s food celebrity fantasy land, but who doesn’t like to dream every now and then?
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain is so synonymous with travel food TV that I can’t remember who or what came before him. No Reservations, on the Travel Channel, is his latest foray. The episodes focus on a destination, and the subjects go beyond the plate to highlight social, culture and political issues. Above all, it’s a great reminder that no matter where we’re from, or what we believe, we’re connected by our need to eat, and our love of food.
What’s your favorite food-focused TV show? Let us know in the comments and be sure to also download Luvo’s 7-day meal and fitness plan for more nutrition tips and recipes.
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