Not everyone can eat out at fancy restaurants all the time. But neither do people want to cook every night. That means, there are evenings when you must rely on the microwave or your trusty cereal boxes. So when you find yourself with a bowl of cereal or a bag of chips on the couch but still refuse to feel like you’ve given up entirely on the idea of feeding yourself proper food, flip on a food-centric documentary on Netflix.
To help you sift through the never-ending library, here are six gems that you should absolutely invest your time in watching.
1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
In typical Japanese fashion, this three-starred Michelin restaurant is located in the Tokyo metro. Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10-seat sushi bar run by a 91-year-old sushi master who makes sushi into high art.
Directed by David Gelb, who also helped on several episodes of Chef’s Table, the filming of this documentary is as gorgeous as the food it is filming.
2. A Year in Burgundy
Wine making is a seasonal practice that requires dozens of migrant workers and wine experts alike to pitch in and make wine.
Get drunk on the process as you watch seven different families in France’s Burgundy region make some of the most sought-after wine in the world.
If you can’t get enough wine, you’re going to need to dive into Somm. Follow four men as they work to achieve the status of master sommelier.
The amount of knowledge and rigorous testing that these individuals must endure may take the pleasure out of wine for them, but it certainly won’t for you.
4. Chef’s Table
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Chef’s Table is an Emmy-nominated series that is a must-watch. The Netflix original is food porn at its finest where you watch some of the world’s greatest chefs mastermind beautiful dishes into existence.
You won’t be able to take your eyes off the gorgeous creations that come out of these kitchens.
5. The Mind of a Chef
Anthony Bourdain has quite a few binge-worthy shows, but the difference with this series is that he’s not the star.
Instead, he narrates the stories of the world’s foremost chefs with storylines that combine cooking with science, travel, and history.
6. Famous Nathan
Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs are so much more than its Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Since 1916, they have been a staple on Coney Island, and this documentary peels back the layers of history to examine what it takes for a little hot dog stand to become an international staple.