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Through interviews with world-class chefs such as Alice Waters and Greg Higgins and sustainability-minded farmers in Oregon, New York and Ohio, INGREDIENTS weaves an uplifting tale that is equal parts earthy rebellion and mouth-watering homage.
Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth and directed by Robert Bates, INGREDIENTS is a fun, open-minded film that will satiate both veteran slow-food fans and the uninitiated alike.
Bonus Features: Extended Interview with Alice Waters; Slow Food vs. Fast Food; 4 Seasonal Stories
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In search of great ingredients, this documentary gets up close and personal with farmers, chefs, and other movers and shakers in the local food movement. It explores getting people interested in sourcing their food locally. The relationships between the chefs and farmers that coexist to provide seasonal food on a rotating menu and everything sounded fantastic. It also explored introducing school age children to where their food comes from. Several of the people interviewed talked about concerns with the seed industry and the high volume farming that isn't very sustainable and while small local sustainable farm methods are taking hold in the United States. Overall the film was broken up into four parts titled by the seasons and revolving around the different aspects of farming in those seasons.
All the speakers were very informative. They shared information clearly, listed out their beliefs on why they thought the way they did, and gave advice for those looking to join the movement. There were a couple that made things sound like doomsday, which could be alarming, but as with all information, you have to be the final judge and look at the world around you before buying in to anything. The information was good, the method of delivery was all that needed worked on. Don't let that scare you away from this film though, it was overwhelmingly in the positive for most things.Read more ›
The documentary is centered around Portland, Oregon, but has interviews and features from New York, Ohio, and other places around the US. While the Pacific Northwest is known for it's abundance of food production, the theories presented here can be applied to almost any spot in the United States, and probably several other countries. The format is divided into seasons and discusses the products grown with the farmers during each season, what the farmers do during this time, and then moves on to speak with their consumers about how they use the product they've received.
Beautifully shot documentary with tons of regular folks talking about their love of food and how they hope to make the growing / supplying / eating cycle a more efficient and local system.
They also go on to point out that one in three children born in the U.S. during the year 2000 will go on to develop diabetes, AND this is the first generation that is projected to have a shorter lifespan than that of its parents. I will take them at their word on this- in my daily life, I see a troubling amount of nutritional illiteracy, obesity, and poor health. I hope that watching this documentary might encourage some viewers to eat healthier and make changes that will improve their lives in every way (not only will you be healthier, but you'll be fuller and get to enjoy tastier food, too!), though I would recommend they first start with "Hungry For Change" and "Food Matters".
"Ingredients" can come off as a bit "dry" for most of its duration, but I don't mind this at all. Rather than bombard the viewer with catchy music and flashy visuals as statistics are thrown about willy-nilly (as is the trend in most contemporary documentaries), this one remains very "rooted". I enjoy most documentaries, regardless of the presentation style they choose, but "Ingredients" stands out as one that is particularly sober in its delivery of the material in question.
The documentary introduces several farms invested in the movement as well as restaurants who embrace the seasonal provisions of these farms. The farming aspect (whether crops or animals) was, for me, the most interesting aspect within the film. On the outskirts of major cities, these areas are often compromised by expanding residential zoning. They provide educational opportunities to local school children as well as oftentimes getting involved in social agendas for those that might not have access to fresh produce. Seeing deliveries to inner-city New York, for example, was surprising and rewarding. The film also provides information from nutritionists who deliver health assessments on eating fresh fare. Nothing surprising here. And chefs tell us we should be buying and cooking the seasonal products--easy to say, I suppose, if you're a professional chef.Read more ›
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What a great documentary with lots of information about where our food comes from and, much of the time, how far it has to travel to reach our tables.Published 1 month ago by MWT
Everyone should watch this movie and others categorized along with it. If people knew all of the facts they would hopefully change their eating habits and the health of this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by lizabethsann
This film of the local food movement is concise-to the point. It is an excellent overview of our need to re-localize our food production, Great for those new to this important... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Should be required viewing in all schools & churches. We need to know what we are eating.Published 5 months ago by MFH
Outstanding documentary, will change what you eat and how you eat.Published 5 months ago by Bev1212