Movies and Food

Meet The Julia Child Of Chinese Food In America

Cecilia Chiang liberated a nation from chop suey
Oct 7, 2014 12:45 pm

Egg drop soup, chop suey, sweet and sour everything that pretty much sums up the sorry state of Chinese food in America before Cecilia Chiang came along. Her San Francisco restaurant, The Mandarin, which opened in 1961, introduced U.S. diners to things like red-cooked pork and pot stickers and greatly elevated people's expectations of Chinese dining in general. Chiang's story is the subject of a new film, Soul of a Banquet, which opens in select theaters on Oct. 21. Watch the trailer here.

We Talked To Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker PES About His Animated Food Genius

Up next: A stop-motion short at an old-school deli
Aug 7, 2014 9:00 am

Adam Pesapane is better known as PES, the stop-motion animated filmmaker who created the whimsical 2013 Oscar-nominated short, Fresh Guacamole. We spoke with him about the inspiration for his latest film, and homage to the New York City deli.

Was James Beard The First Foodie? Who Is James Beard? A Documentary Explains.

Film hopes to reveal the real James Beard
May 21, 2014 3:15 pm

James Beard wrote 22 cookbooks and was the first television chef to teach people to actually cook. And as a documentary in the works reasons, James Beard was America’s first foodie. The film does not have a release date yet and features all sorts of famous food people like Jacques Pepin, Jeremiah Tower, Chris Cosentino, Florence Fabricant and book editor Judith Jones, who steals the show in this trailer.

There's A Documentary About Globe-Circling Food Bloggers. Here's The Trailer.

A film about visiting the world's best restaurants
May 13, 2014 11:30 am

Do you consider yourself willing to go out of the way for a good meal? If you answered “yes,” did you just imagine yourself taking a long leisurely walk or drive to dinner? That’s cute. But not exactly what we had in mind. Welcome to the world of Foodies, a new documentary that follows a group willing to fly around the globe to eat a single meal. A trailer, after the jump.

Katie Couric's 'Fed Up' Documentary Is Something You Should Really Watch

Film focusing on childhood obesity is out May 9
May 6, 2014 1:00 pm

Fitness club memberships more than doubled across the United States between 1980 and 2000. During that same time, the obesity rate also doubled. How could this possibly be? A new documentary from executive producers Katie Couric of ABC News and Laurie David (producer of the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth) highlights the reasons that America’s children have grown up unhealthier than ever before. Read on.

There's A Documentary About The History Of General Tso's Chicken!

Debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival in April
Apr 9, 2014 4:00 pm

It might be the dish that the majority of Americans associate with Chinese cuisine. It’s available in pretty much all of the 50,000 or so Chinese restaurants in the United States. But how exactly did General Tso’s Chicken reach such levels of ubiquity? And who was General Tso in the first place? An upcoming documentary seeks to answer all these questions.

'Evil Dead' Marathon = Necronomicon Pizza Monster

Eat this party snack's soul before it eats yours
Feb 11, 2014 4:30 pm

Grab some olives, garlic, sauce and cheese: I found something to do with our new 45-minute pizza dough recipe! I don't know if I'll ever be able to make normal-shaped pizza again. It's just too easy to make an evil face with garlic teeth. 

What To Watch At The 2013 Chicago Food Film Festival

List of food-filled events, ramen burger included
Nov 19, 2013 1:30 pm

Kicking off this Wednesday night, the Chicago Food Film Festival will allow guests a multi-sensory experience. As in, there will be tastings of the food after a film's screening. In addition to the 30+ screened food films, five events will feature some of the best food that the city has to offer. All the information you need, after the jump.

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