Cooking up a Netflix Storm

I like food programmes, despite being a crappy cook. I aspire to have the talent of those onscreen, but forget to turn off the oven on time. Nonetheless, my watching them convinces me that one day, I too will be able to make incredible creations, or at least feed my family healthy food and have to resort to processed take-away goodness less.

Lately, I’ve found myself watching a lot of Foodie Documentaries on Netflix (following on from my interest piquing with Super Size Me) , particularly when I’m cooking dinner, I like sticking a show on the laptop and watching it as I’m prepping dinner, and try to remember to pay attention to my timings while watching. There’s been a lot thats caught my interest lately.

Fed Up, a documentary narrated by Katy Couric of CNN, looks at the epedemic of obesity in America’s Young People, and what exactly has gotten us to the place where so many of our young people are battling with their weight at far too young an age. The age old argument of less food, more movement doesn’t seem to be working and this documentary sheds some light on why. I found the in-depth look into the effect of lobbyists in the food industry fascinating, and this really made me look at the food I feed myself and my child and the effects that will have on him as he grows up.

Vegucated was another title which caught my eye. The concept was interesting; three meat lovers from different socio-economic categories turn vegan for six weeks, while learning about what goes into the meat and dairy industries before the food hits your plate, and the documentary shows them progressing through the six weeks in different ways. As someone who has often thought about, but never committed to, going vegetarian/vegan, it did give me a lot of insight into the lifestyle. Especially interesting to me was the girl turning vegan who didn’t like vegetables – as someone who is averse to salad because of a hatred of lettuce, it resonated! Well worth a watch.


Once I was half way to veganism and ditching my Diet Coke habit, I needed something else but decided to stick with the food for one last hurrah, and boy was I glad I did. If you’re into food porn, Chef’s Table is it. According to the blurb; “Chef’s Table features six of the world’s most renowned international chefs, and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents.  Chefs featured include Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA),  Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne,  Australia) and Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden).” Think delicious food and inspiration from the chefs who make it; you’ll be drooling by the end of it!


Leaving food alone, we’ve also spent a lot of time this month inside due to the wonderful Irish Summer weather of rain, rain and more rain. Since E has not shared the affinity for preachy food documentaries that I have, we’ve also been spending some time with Fireman Sam – which is definitely a prime example of a pre-Croke Park agreement village with a pyromaniac clumsy child on the loose -, Bob The Builder (and his can-do attitude) and The Adventures of Puss in Boots. The last one is a Netflix Original, based on the character from Shrek, so it was an interesting discovery – made all the better by the lovely Jayma Mays voicing a main character! Check it out here:


If you’ve been looking for some inspiration for things to watch, hopefully these will give you some ideas – they’ve certainly kept me (and the child) entertained and the food documentaries have made me think a bit more about what I put into my body!

Let me know what your latest great finds (show-wise) have been – we’re just about caught up on The Good Wife so I need something new to be addicted to!

As a member of the Netflix Ireland Stream Team I have received a complimentary one year Netflix membership along with an Apple Tv. I will in turn be featuring Netflix related blog posts. All opinions are my own, and I was already subscribed to the service beforehand.




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