Food Media


Also see the Food in Fiction post and posts in the Nutriate Related category under Books, Nonfiction.

Cuisine Exploration

Food Lover’s Guide to the World published by Lonely Planet.  With introductions by Mark Bittman and James Oseland.

Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant by Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey, and Grady Hendrix is a New York restaurant startup memoir accompanied by recipes.

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz captures contemporary Parisian cuisine in recipes prefaced by a discussion of culinary transformation, ingredients, and equipment.


Gastronomie pratique: etudes culinaires (Encyclopedia of Practical Gastronomy) published in 1906 under the pseudonym Ali-Bab.  An English translation by Elizabeth Benson was published in 1974.


Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street (at Church Street), San Francisco, CA;, 415.282.4712

Online, Blogs, Newsletters

From April 2016 Tasting Table survey: Bon Appetit, Cook’s Illustrated, Cooking Light, Daily Meal, Eater, Epicurious, FlavorPill, Food & Wine, Food52, Food Network Magazine, Grub Street, Immaculate Infatuation, Inside Hook, Local Magazine, New York Times, PureWow, Refinery29, Saveur, Serious Eats, Tasting Table, Thrillist, Time Out, Urban Daddy, Yelp


Cooking How-to

Sara’s Weeknight Meals (Sara Moulton)

Cuisine Exploration

Anthony Bourdain’s shows

Cooking Contests

Top Chef
Iron Chef
Iron Chef America

Cooking talk-shows

The Chew


Sweet Bean (An in Japan), 2015, a dorayaki shop (selling buns filled with sweet bean paste) is the focal point for a animist message about finding joy in nature.

City of Gold, 2015, is a documentary of Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold, known for his reviews of small ethnic restaurants (including food trucks) in the LA Basin.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 2012, a Michelin 3-star sushi chef in a Tokyo subway station
What’s Cooking?, 2000, ? – A tale of four diverse California families intertwined by relationships and the shared ritual of preparing and eating a lavish turkey dinner.
Chocolat, 2000, PG-13 – Revolves around a mysterious and sinfully seductive chocolate shop in a small French town.
Vatel, 2000, PG-13 – A chef tries to get into the good graces of King Louis XIV by organizing a three-day banquet in 1671 France, complete with tables laden with the finest culinary creations.
Babette’s Feast, 1987, G – A French Catholic housemaid in a 19th century Danish village prepares a fabulous meal out of gratitude to her employers.

My Dinner with Andre, 1981.

Big Night, 1965, R – Two Italian brothers in a 1950s New Jersey town try to serve authentic Italian dishes to Americans raised on spaghetti and meatballs.
A Chef in Love, 1996, PG-13 – A travelling French chef falls in love with Princess Cecilia of Georgia and decides to open a restaurant in Tblisi on the eve of the invasion by the Red Army in 1921.
Dim Sum, 1985, PG – A young Chinese-American woman cares for her interfering mother in SF.  A feast for Chinese-food fans.
Eat Drink Man Woman, 1994, R – A chef who has lost his sense of taste communicates his love to his three daughters by cooking exquisite dishes every Sunday.
Eating, 1991, R – A group of women confess their anxieties about eating and weight.
Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe, 1991, PG-13 – Unhappy with her marriage, a woman listens to an older woman’s tales of two women who set up a cafe in 1920s Alabama.
Like Water for Chocolate, 1992, R – The unmarried youngest daughter of a Mexican family pours her unrequited love and longings into the food she cooks.
Soul Food, 1997, R – A family’s tradition of Sunday meals is upended when the matriarch falls ill and relationships begin to deteriorate.
The Spitfire Grill, 1996, PG-13 – A young girl just released from prison tries to start life over as a waitress in a small-down diner.
The Story of Boys and Girls, 1989, unrated – Two very different families unite over a 20-course wedding banquet in 1930s Italy.
Tampopo, 1986, R – A stranger wanders into the restaurant of a widow and teaches her how to make the perfect noodle.
Wedding Banquet, ?, ? –

Truman Capote – “A Christmas Memory”

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