If you’re craving something a little different on Netflix, my top ten list will surely satisfy.
This top ten list isn’t just about cooking shows. It’s my top five list of shows, movies, and series featuring my favorite kinds of food. (If you haven’t already figured it out, it’s South East Asian.)
5. The Layover
Traveler and chef Anthony Bourdain makes quick stops in American, Asian and European cities as he gets to know the people, their home and their food.
His visits to Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei are my favoritse obviously.
4. Chef’s Table (Season 3)
Food Satisfaction: 4/5
If you’ve been in the Netflix game a while, you’ve likely watched at least one or all of the seasons of Chef’s Table. My favorite episode of this season is about Jeong Kwan.
Kwan is a 60-year-old Zen Buddhist monk who cooks daily meals for her community (and the occasional visitor) at the Baekyangsa Temple. In keeping with the principle of detachment, Kwan prepares food that is not designed to make you crave more once you’re finished. Kwan’s entirely vegan meals are made using ingredients that she grows in a garden at the temple, and by all accounts, it is gorgeous and deeply satisfying. (Eater)
3. Samurai Gourmet
Food Satisfaction: 5/5
The live action series “Samurai Gourmet,” based on Masayuki Kusumi’s essay and the manga of the same title, featuring the life of Takeshi Kasumi. Takeshi has spent his entire life devoted to his job. Now a retired man, he finds himself with plenty of extra time on his hands. While on an afternoon walk, Kasumi discovers the joys of day time drinking and the realization that he is now free to eat and drink what he wants, when he wants. This awakens his inner persona – a wandering samurai living life freely in Japan’s age of civil wars. Thus begins his search for blissfully delectable delights to satisfy his stomach and the samurai’s soul.
2. Midnight Diner
Check out my reviews of Midnight Diner from previous posts.
1. Anthony Bourdain A Cook’s Tour
A Cook’s Tour is a travel and food show that aired on the Food Network. Host Anthony Bourdain visits exotic countries and cities worldwide where hosts treat him to local culture and cuisine. Two seasons of episodes were produced in 2000 and 2001 and aired first-run in January 2002 through 2003 in the U.S. on the Food Network. I’m pumped that Netflix decided to provide this series from my teen years.
Although his food excursions and restaurants are maybe dated, food never goes out of style.
Still hungry? I would just binge watch whatever you consider desert.