People love food. People love to watch movies. Why not combine these two passions with a good food documentary?
Driven mostly by independent filmmakers, this genre has grown significantly alongside the increasing interest in how we eat and how our food is produced. It’s also become an area of the film world where you can count on some good controversy, since many documentaries focus on exposing some of the shortcomings of the American food system.
That said, it’s not all heavy stuff—there are also portraits of a hospitality industry kingpin, a fly-on-the-wall film about one of the food world’s most difficult tests, and behind-the-scenes looks into what happens in the kitchens of world-class chefs.
Here, we break more than 30 of the best food documentaries, all of which are available right now on Netflix or iTunes. Grab some gourmet popcorn, crack open a craft beer, and fire one up tonight.