Food Forward's Watch/Read/Listen Guide

Many of us have found ourselves with more time on our hands—which offers an opportunity to learn new things. We’ve compiled a list of food-related movies, books, and podcasts to watch, read, and listen to. From food waste to food insecurity to just food, enjoy our guide! 

What to watch: 

Movies and more about food waste, food insecurity, and, well, food.

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste: A documentary which explores the reason for the 1.3 billion tons of food waste produced globally, and the people working to fix the problem.

Just Eat It: Watch along as these filmmakers dive into the issue of food waste, and eat nothing but food that’s about to be wasted by grocery stores for six months.

A Place at the Table: This documentary, from the producers of Food Inc., shows the scope of food insecurity and hunger in America and follows three people impacted by food insecurity.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Check out his segment all about food waste.

LA FoodWays: This documentary series traces the past, present, and future of food in Los Angeles – and features Food Forward!

And, for some food-related movies: Ratatouille, Soul Food, Like Water for Chocolate, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Waitress, and A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit (Pursuit of Cheddar Cheese) are a fun selection of movies all about food.


What to Read:

Here’s our list of books to snuggle up with while we stay-at-home.

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook – by Dana Gunders

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities – by Will Allen

Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health – Edited by Devon A. Mihesuah, Elizabeth Hoover, Foreword by Winona LaDuke

Protecting Pollinators: How to save the creatures that feed our world – by Jodi Helmer

The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World – by Bee Wilson

Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal – by Tristam Stuart


What to listen to:

For the audiophile, a selection of podcasts all about food.

Life Kit – How to Reduce Food Waste:

The Lid is On – Feeding the world with 1.3bn tons of wasted food:

World Resources Institute – Liz Goodwin on Reducing Food Loss and Waste—Lessons from the UK:

Important, Not Important – #85: A Blueprint for Fighting Food Waste in Your Community:

Seriously? America! – Episode 05: Almost 12% of Households Are Food Insecure:

Pang! is Dan Froot and Company’s series of contemporary audio dramas based on the oral histories of families around the country who are hungering for change:

Will there be Food? – Episode 13, Home for the Holidays: