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Trailers for feature films and documentaries, as well as suggestions for literary and non-fiction books revolving around (what else?) food and well-being.

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Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health

Nutritional losses did not begin 50 or 100 years ago, she has learned, but thousands of years earlier when we first abandoned our native diet of wild plants and game and began to domesticate animals and grow food in the first primitive gardens. Unwittingly, the choices we made about how to feed our livestock and what to plant in our gardens reduced the amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants in the human diet, which compromised our ability to fight disease and enjoy optimum health.

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Modified

The award-winning film Modified follows a personal and poignant mother-daughter investigative journey into the world of genetically modified foods (GMOs). Filmed over 10 years and anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mother (a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film’s production), the film asks why GMOs are not labelled on foods in the United States and Canada, despite being labelled in 64 countries around the world.

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More Than Honey

MORE THAN HONEY is the provocative yet touching tale of what may happen to mankind if bees keep dying. It is a 2M Euro budget documentary directed by Oscar nominated director Markus Imhoof and by the creators of “LET´S MAKE MONEY”& “WE FEED THE WORLD”.

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The Irish Pub

THE IRISH PUB is a celebration of the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this exceptionally endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of THE IRISH PUB.

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Strudel Sisters

Ilona and Erzsébet are sisters living in the small Hungarian town of Tura. They make “big strudels on small tables” in much the same way their beloved mother did when they were children during the communist era. What starts as an ode to a disappearing way of life quickly becomes a beautifully harmonic anthem to sisterhood, freedom, mothers and, of course, strudel.

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A Touch of Spice

“A Touch of Spice” is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor,teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require a touch of spice. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi | myfoodistry

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a quiet yet enthralling documentary that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation.

Food Matters | myfoodistry

Food Matters

‘Food Matters’ sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide “Sickness Industry” and giving people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally.” – James And in what promises to be the most contentious idea put forward, the filmmakers have interviewed several world leaders in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer.

In Search of Balance | myfoodistry

In Search of Balance

IN SEARCH OF BALANCE is a documentary about how we can use Earth to bring life to the planet. We’re getting closer and closer to the brink. But thanks to the efforts of those who refuse to succumb to the disease of profits over health, a new revolution is making its way across the globe—a revolution to reconnect us to the very thing that gives us life: each other.

The Search for General Tso | myfoodistry

The Search for General Tso

The Search for General Tso is mouthwateringly entertaining film that travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine?

PLANEAT - The Movie | myfoodistry

PLANEAT – The Movie

A group of leading international scientists, doctors and professors have spent their lives trying to find out what is the best way to eat. A pattern has begun to emerge in their research, which shows that our animal-based diets are the cause of our most challenging health and environmental problems.

The Magic Pill | myfoodistry

The Magic Pill

The Magic Pill follows doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe who are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating. And this simple change – embracing fat as our main fuel – is showing profound promise in improving the health of people, animals and the planet.

Vitamania - The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins | myfoodistry

Vitamania – The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins

Almost one billion of us take a regular dietary supplement, mainly vitamin tablets. Vitamins are enthusiastically endorsed by celebrities, and vitamin-fortified foods line our supermarket shelves. But how safe are these products? Is it true that vitamins are “natural” and therefore can’t do you any harm? How are they regulated, and how can parents make the right choices for their children’s health.

Fed Up | myfoodistry

Fed Up

This is the movie the food industry doesn’t want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.

Ramen Heads | myfoodistry

Ramen Heads

Legendary Chef and, “Ramen King” Osamu Tomita opens his kitchen along with five other prestige ramen shops to share recipes and trade secrets. The directorial debut of Koki Shigeno, RAMEN HEADS is a beautiful, simple and stylized homage to none other than noodle and broth… or all the philosophy and flavour that comes along with the soupy calling.

AeroPress Movie | myfoodistry

AeroPress Movie

AeroPress Movie is a 45-minutes documentary revealing the story of AeroPress – from its inventor’s workshop in California to the stages of the AeroPress Championships around the world. It explores what makes people so excited about this odd-looking yet iconic coffee maker.

The Biggest Little Farm | myfoodistry

The Biggest Little Farm

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Deli Man | myfoodistry

Deli Man

Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food—as its name suggests—remains a beloved communal delicacy. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story—augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage—embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.

Le Dinner de Cons (1998) | myfoodistry

Le Dinner de Cons (1998)

Le Dinner de Cons. For Pierre Brochant and his friends, Wednesday is “Idiots’ Day”. The idea is simple: each person has to bring along an idiot. The one who brings the most spectacular idiot wins the prize. Tonight, Brochant is ecstatic. He has found a gem. The ultimate idiot. “A world champion idiot!” Meet François Pignon, a lowly accountant at the Finance Ministry, a man devoted to his constructions made of match sticks… What Brochant doesn’t know is that Pignon is a real jinx, a past master in the art of bringing on catastrophes…

Cook Up a Storm Official Trailer (2017) | myfoodistry

Cook Up a Storm Official Trailer (2017)

A Cantonese street cook and his chief rival, a French-trained Michelin-starred chef, discover they have a lot in common as they prepare for a world-famous culinary competition. An international culinary competition becomes a battleground between rival cooks, one famous for his Cantonese street food and the other a Michelin-starred chef trained in France. But their rivalry takes an unexpected turn when they discover a common foe and combine their skills in a fusion of East and West.

Like Water for Chocolate (1992) | myfoodistry

Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Tita’s strong emotions have a lasting affect on those around her. Tita is passionately in love with Pedro, but her controlling mother forbids her from marrying him. When Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares, infecting all who eat it with her intense heartbreak.

Ratatouille | myfoodistry

Ratatouille

In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.

Julie & Julia | myfoodistry

Julie & Julia

A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie & Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking. Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) co-stars in director Nora Ephron’s delicious comedy about joy, obsession and butter. Bon appétit!

Soul Kitchen | myfoodistry

Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen. Winner Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival 2009. Young restaurant owner Zinos is down on his luck. His girlfriend Nadine has moved to Shanghai, his Soul Kitchen customers are boycutting the new gourmet chef, and he’s having back trouble! Things start looking up when the hip crowd embraces his revamped culinary concept, but that doesn’t mend Zinos’s broken heart.

Eat, Pray, Love | myfoodistry

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love. Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self in Eat Pray Love. At a crossroads after a divorce, Gilbert takes a year-long sabbatical from her job and steps uncharacteristically out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life. In her wondrous and exotic travels, she experiences the simple pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali.

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The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox. Winner of Critics’ Week Viewers Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. Unknowing to her is that the special lunchbox she prepared has been mistakenly delivered to an office worker Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement.

Chef | myfoodistry

Chef

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and lo

Le Chef | myfoodistry

Le Chef

Jacky Bonnot, 32, a fan of haute cusine and with a definite talent, dreams of success and opening a great and famous restaurant. However the financial situation of he and his wife obliges him to accept menial cooking jobs that lead nowhere… Up until the day he crosses paths with Alexandre Vauclair, a renowned chef, whose comfortable situation is endangered by the financial group that owns his restaurants…

Chef  - Hindi film | myfoodistry

Chef – Hindi film

Chef – Hindi film. The film is a unique tale of a journey that Roshan Kalra (played by Saif Ali Khan) undertakes to find out his true priorities and source of happiness. It’s a story of food and love and family and togetherness. And that of a father’s rediscovery of the bond with his son.

Haute Cuisine | myfoodistry

Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine. Hortense Laborie, a renown chef from the Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps…

Babette's Feast | myfoodistry

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast. Adapted with great sensitivity and invention from Isak Dinesen’s short story (itself inspired by The Tempest), this truly lovely tale of everyday passion, magic and miracles is a delicacy to savour. Relocating the story from a bourgeois Norwegian port to a remote, windswept Jutland hamlet so steeped in Lutheran spirituality it feels like something out of a Dreyer film, Axel traces the strange chain of events that led to the two elderly daughters of a famously pious pastor taking on, as their cook, a Parisienne who was until the advent of the Commune one of the city’s most celebrated chefs.

Eat Drink Man Woman | myfoodistry

Eat Drink Man Woman

Eat Drink Man Woman. Directed by Ang Lee and starring Sihung Lung, Winston Chao, Chao-jung Chen, Lester Chit-Man Chan, Yu Chen. The film tells the story of a retired and widowed Chinese master chef Chu (Si Hung Lung) and his family living in modern day Taipei, Taiwan. At the start of the film, he lives with his three attractive daughters, all of whom are unattached. As the film progresses, each of the daughters encounters new men in their lives.

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Lost Feast : Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food

Lost Feast : Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. When we humans love foods, we love them a lot. In fact, we have often eaten them into extinction, whether it is the megafauna of the Paleolithic world or the passenger pigeon of the last century. In Lost Feast, food expert Lenore Newman sets out to look at the history of the foods we have loved to death and what that means for the culinary paths we choose for the future.

The Medieval Kitchen : Recipes from France and Italy | myfoodistry

The Medieval Kitchen : Recipes from France and Italy

The Medieval Kitchen : Recipes from France and Italy. The Medieval Kitchen is a delightful work in which historians Odile Redon, Françoise Sabban, and Silvano Serventi rescue from dark obscurity the glorious cuisine of the Middle Ages. Medieval gastronomy turns out to have been superb—a wonderful mélange of flavor, aroma, and color. Expertly reconstructed from fourteenth- and fifteenth-century sources and carefully adapted to suit the modern kitchen, these recipes present a veritable feast.

Le Miel L'art des abeilles, l'or de la ruche | myfoodistry

Le Miel L’art des abeilles, l’or de la ruche

Le Miel L’art des abeilles, l’or de la ruche. Symbole de douceur, de prospérité et d’abondance, le miel est le fruit du travail titanesque accompli par les abeilles. Découvrez l’histoire de ces travailleuses infatigables, leur morphologie, leur cycle de vie, de même que l’organisation de la colonie et son mystérieux langage. Laissez-vous surprendre par la diversité des plantes et des fleurs donnant aux miels qui en sont issus des couleurs et des saveurs si riches et si distinctes

Extra Virginity : The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil | myfoodistry

Extra Virginity : The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

Extra Virginity : The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life’s necessities-not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious ritual. Today’s researchers are continuing to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra virgin olive oil. But what if this symbol of health and purity has become deeply corrupt?

A Brief History of Medicine : From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy | myfoodistry

A Brief History of Medicine : From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy

A Brief History of Medicine : From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy. Paul Strathern steers us skillfully through the maze of discoveries, diseases, and wrong turns that have made medicine what it is today–super efficient, high tech, and increasingly costly. “A Brief History of Medicine” offers an accessible history of the arguments, missteps, and dumb luck that led to the world’s most important medical breakthroughs–from anatomy, grave robbing, the plague, and germ theory to vaccination, quackery, microorganisms, and penicillin.

The Classical Cookbook | myfoodistry

The Classical Cookbook

The Classical Cookbook. The daily life of classical Greece and Rome, although separated from us by 2000 years, can be recreated in almost photographic detail. The Classical Cookbook is the first book of its kind, exploring the daily culture of the Mediterranean through the center of its social life–food and drink.

Tastes of Byzantium | myfoodistry

Tastes of Byzantium

Tastes of Byzantium. For centuries, the food and culinary delights of the Byzantine empire – centred on Constantinople – have captivated the west, although it appeared that very little information had been passed down to us. Andrew Dalby’s “Tastes of Byzantium” now reveals in astonishing detail, for the first time, what was eaten in the court of the Eastern Roman Empire – and how it was cooked.

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Let them eat dirt

Let them eat dirt. In the 150 years since we discovered that microbes cause infectious diseases, we’ve battled to keep them at bay. But a recent explosion of scientific knowledge has led to undeniable evidence that early exposure to these organisms is beneficial to our children’s well-being. It turns out that our current emphasis on hyper-cleanliness and poor diets are taking a toll on our children’s lifelong health

100 million years of food | myfoodistry

100 million years of food

100 million years of food. I wrote this book to examine the human diet in its vast entirety, including the viewpoints of biology, culture, medicine, and history. The book is currently a finalist for the 2016 Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science writing and the 2017 Taste Canada award for culinary narrative. I was a finalist for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Award.

Gut : The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ | myfoodistry

Gut : The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

Gut : The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ. A cheeky up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system. For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it’s responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are.

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Food is Culture

Food is Culture. Elegantly written by a distinguished culinary historian, Food Is Culture explores the innovative premise that everything having to do with food—its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption—represents a cultural act. Even the “choices” made by primitive hunters and gatherers were determined by a culture of economics (availability) and medicine (digestibility and nutrition) that led to the development of specific social structures and traditions.

Deep Nutrition : Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food | myfoodistry

Deep Nutrition : Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

Deep Nutrition : Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Deep Nutrition illustrates how our ancestors used nourishment to sculpt their anatomy, engineering bodies of extraordinary health and beauty. The length of our limbs, the shape of our eyes, and the proper function of our organs are all gifts of our ancestor’s collective culinary wisdom.

Death by Food Pyramid | myfoodistry

Death by Food Pyramid

Death by Food Pyramid. Warning: Shock and outrage will grip you as you dive into this one-of-a-kind expose. Shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests have shaped American Dietary recommendations and destroyed our nation s health over recent decades. The phrase Death by Food Pyramid isn’t shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of simply doing what we have been told to do by our own government and giant food profiteers in pursuit of health.

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Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation. In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s expose revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.

Food : The History of Taste | myfoodistry

Food : The History of Taste

Food : The History of Taste. This richly illustrated book is the first to apply the discoveries of the new generation of food historians to the pleasures of dining and the culinary accomplishments of diverse civilizations, past and present.

Editor Paul Freedman has gathered essays by French, German, Belgian, American, and British historians to present a comprehensive, chronological history of taste from prehistory to the present day.

The Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals | myfoodistry

The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals

The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals.
In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.

Food Politics | myfoodistry

Food Politics

Food Politics. We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars. In this engrossing exposé, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how the competition really works and how it affects our health.

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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina – a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.

The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat #2) | myfoodistry

The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat #2)

The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat #2). The wind has always dictated Vianne Rocher’s every move, buffeting her from the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe. But the weather vane soon turns, and Zozie de l’Alba blows into their lives.

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When in Doubt, Add Butter

When in Doubt, Add Butter. From the New York Times bestselling author of “Shoe Addicts Anonymous” and “Always Something There to Remind Me” comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

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Pomegranate Soup

Pomegranate Soup. Beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, in damp and lovely County Mayo, sits the small, sheltered village of Ballinacroagh. To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much-needed safe haven. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a land of “crazed sheep and dizzying roads,” they might finally find a home.

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The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake

The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake. The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse.

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.

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The Last Chinese Chef

The Last Chinese Chef. This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China — this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.

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The Hundred Foot Journey

The Hundred Foot Journey. “That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist.”

And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life’s journey in Richard Morais’s charming novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.

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The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

The Love Goddess’ Cooking School. Holly Maguire’s grandmother Camilla was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine—a Milanese fortune-teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-world delicacy. But Holly can’t make a decent marinara sauce, let alone sa cordula. Maybe that’s why the man she hopes to marry breaks her heart. So when Holly inherits Camilla’s Cucinotta, she’s determined to forget about fortunes and love and become an Italian cooking teacher worthy of her grandmother’s legacy.

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Chocolat

Chocolat. A timeless novel of a straitlaced village’s awakening to joy and sensuality – every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere.

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The School of Essential Ingredients

The School of Essential Ingredients follows the lives of eight students who gather in Lillian’s Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. Students include Claire, a young mother struggling with the demands of her family; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer learning to adapt to life in America; and Tom, a widower mourning the loss of his wife to breast cancer. Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students’ lives.

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Nathaniel’s Nutmeg

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg. ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 1616, an English adventurer, Nathaniel Courthope, stepped ashore on a remote island in the East Indies on a most secret and dangerous mission. He had to persuade the head-hunting islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe.

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Fasting

Fasting is more powerful than any drug on Earth. Fasting may serve as the solution to solve our epidemic of chronic illnesses today. However, most think of only one method of fasting when they hear the term ‘fasting.’ This documentary explores 7 different methods of fasting including Time-Restricted Feeding, Intermittent & Prolonged Fasting, Long-Term Water Fasting, Religious Fasting, Eating Disorders, Improvising or Fasting Unsafely, Fasting Mimicking Diet, and Juice Fasting. The film interviews 54 people including the world’s leading scientists and medical professionals on fasting, as well as individuals who used fasting to treat obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular problems, skin problems, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, joint pain, and many others. This one hour, forty minute feature motion picture is the most comprehensive and objective look at fasting on film.

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Heal

Heal. A documentary film that takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that by changing one’s perceptions, the human body can heal itself. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all. HEAL not only taps into the brilliant mind’s of leading scientists and spiritual teachers, but follows three people on actual high stakes healing journeys. Healing can be extremely complex and deeply personal, but it can also happen spontaneously in a moment. Through these inspiring and emotional stories we find out what works, what doesn’t, and why.

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Take Your Pills

Take Your Pills. The pressure to achieve more, do more, and be more is part of being human – and in the age of Adderall and Ritalin, achieving that can be as close as the local pharmacy. No longer just “a cure for excitable kids,” prescription stimulants are in college classrooms, on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley…any place “the need to succeed” slams into “not enough hours in the day.” But there are costs. In the insightful Netflix documentary TAKE YOUR PILLS, award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) focuses on the history, the facts, and the pervasiveness of cognitive-enhancement drugs in our amped-up era of late-stage-capitalism.

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Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz at Dinner. Beatriz, holistic medicine practitioner is stranded at a client’s house after her car breaks down. She becomes a somewhat unwilling guest at a snooty dinner party that evening. A difference of thoughts and opinions causes her to be a thorn in the side of the hosts and their invited guests.

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Bourek

Bourek. In this humanistic comedy, set against the backdrop of economic crises and bad news, an extravagant international cast of characters meet, fight, and fall in love, while hiding from the end of the world and other calamities on the tiny Greek island of Khronos. Each one of them discovers something or someone that gives new meaning to their lives, helped in no small part by the food they share, especially the Mediterranean pastry Bourek.

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Sweet Bean

Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady’s ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. With Tokue’s new home cooked sweet bean paste recipe, Sentaro’s business begins to flourish, but Tokue is afflicted with an illness that, once revealed, drives her into isolation once again.

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The Ramen Girl

The Ramen Girl. An American slacker (Brittany Murphy, 8 Mile; Girl, Interrupted) abandoned by her boyfriend in Tokyo finds her calling in an unlikely place: a local ramen house run by a tyrannical chef who doesn’t speak of a word of English. Undaunted by the chef’s raging crankiness, Abby convinces him to teach her the art of ramen preparation…and despite hilarious clashes of culture and personality, she learns how to put passion and spirit into her life as well as her cooking.

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Off the Menu

Off the Menu is a romantic comedy starring Dania Ramirez and Santino Fontana about an unlikely heir to a fast food fortune, who goes cuisine hunting for the next culinary big thing and finds himself in a small dusty town where foodies come from all over to salivate over the authentic dishes of a feisty female chef.

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Consumed

CONSUMED is a dramatic thriller that explores the controversial world of Genetically Modified Food. The story is anchored by a working-class, single Mother (Zoe Lister-Jones) on a hunt to uncover the cause of her son’s mysterious illness. Interwoven are the stories of an Organic farmer (Danny Glover), the CEO of a biotechnology corporation (Victor Garber), two Scientists on the verge of a major discovery (Kunal Nayyar & Anthony Edwards), and an ex-Cop caught in the middle of it all (Taylor Kinney).

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The Recipe

The Recipe. CHOI Yu-jin, a television producer always in search of a scoop, is given the tape of bloodthirsty killer’s last wish: to eat his favorite Korean stew, “doenjang jjigae.” Yu-jin instantly smells a story and desperately tries to decipher the mystery behind the killer’s cravings. He soon after hears about JANG Hye-jin, a woman who holds the key to unraveling this gourmet riddle… but it’s impossible to find her.

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Le Grand Chef

Le Grand Chef. At a press conference, a cooking knife of a special spirit is being presented to the public. The knife belongs to the last Korean royal chef of the Chosun Dynasty who cut his arms with this knife to show his loyalty to the king and the country. The Japanese bureaucrat at the time was deeply moved by his conviction and returned to Japan with this knife. Now, his son has come to Korea to return the precious knife back to someone who really deserves to own it and announces a cooking contest to find the best cook for this knife. Thus the destined match between the grandsons of the two apprentices of the royal chef has begun…

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Le Grand Chef 2 : Kimchi Battle

Le Grand Chef 2 : Kimchi Battle. Korean government holds a nationwide ‘Kimchi Contest’ to reaffirm its position as the originator of Kimchi in Asia. Jang-eun, who is a famed chef in Japan, comes back to Korea to participate in the contest. She also wants to close down the once best Korean traditional restaurant that her mother has been running for years. She’s never understood her mother for cherishing the restaurant more than herself and her own daughter. Sung-chan became separated from his deaf-and-mute mother and spent his childhood together with Jang-eun. He wants to keep the restaurant and proposes competing in the Kimchi Contest and Jang-eun agrees that the winner will have the rights to the restaurant. Throughout the fierce competition they both go into the finals, where they have to find the traditional taste of Kimchi. On the day of the final round, however, the juries and audience are very much surprised to see the process of cooking by the two natural-born cooks…

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Cooking with Stella

Cooking with Stella. A warmhearted social satire about a Canadian diplomat (Lisa Ray) and her chef husband Michael (Don McKellar) who are posted to New Delhi. Upon arrival they inherit a household of Indian servants headed by the charming, totally inspiring – and wily – cook, Stella (Seema Biswas). When Stella agrees to become Michael’s cooking guru, to teach him traditional Indian dishes, little does he know that she’s cooking up a scheme of her own.

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Hana’s Miso Soup

Hana’s Miso Soup. Based on a true story. Chie (Ryoko Hirosue) enjoys happy days with her boyfriend Shingo (Kenichi Takito), but she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Chie is shaken with anxiety, but her boyfriend asks her to marry him. Chie gives up hope of having a baby due to the drugs she takes for cancer treatment. Nevertheless, she gets pregnant. Even though she is risking her life giving birth, Chie gives birth to a healthy baby. Their baby is named Hana. Chie, Shingo and Hana live happily as a family, but…

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Mostly Martha

Mostly Martha. Every great love story has to start somewhere. This one started in the kitchen. Martha is a single woman who lives for one passion: cooking. The head chef at a chic restaurant, Martha has no time for anything – or anyone – else. But, Martha’s solitary life is shaken when a fateful accident brings her sister’s eight-year-old daughter, Lina, to her doorstep.

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Extreme Job

Extreme Job. A team of narcotics detectives goes undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town. (Hilarious! 🙂 )

Stuffed And Starved : Markets, Power And The Hidden Battle For The World Food System | myfoodistry

Stuffed And Starved : Markets, Power And The Hidden Battle For The World Food System

Stuffed And Starved: Markets, Power And The Hidden Battle For The World Food System. Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese—both symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. Raj Patel conducts a global investigation and what he uncovers is shocking—the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa….