The History of Food
By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Docuseries uses modern examples to spice up food history.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about nutrition, why we eat certain foods, and what effect they have on the human body.
Positive Role Models
Chefs and other food experts share their knowledge about food history and nutrition.
Violence & Scariness
General descriptions of historical violence and animal hunting.
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Products & Purchases
Chefs and restaurants are featured, as are food products (though brands are not shown).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is seen in restaurants and described as part of food history.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The History of Food is a documentary series that traces the evolution of eating from prehistoric times to the present. The broad overview gives viewers a general understanding of food and nutrition, how certain dietary staples came to be, and how food and the economy are connected. In order to place many of the concepts into context, The History of Food has chefs and other food experts draw parallels between ancient history and the present day.
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What's the Story?
THE HISTORY OF FOOD goes all the way back to before humans even really existed to look at how humans chose what things to eat and how those things affected humanity, positively and negatively. It begins in prehistoric times and travels all the way to the present, using modern examples to illustrate ancient diets, and illuminating how nutrition and humanity are forever intertwined.
Is It Any Good?
A four-hour documentary isn't going to be able to cover all of human history, but this short series goes a long way toward connecting the major dots from nutrition to human evolution to modern innovations. It leans a little too hard on present-day examples, to the point where The History of Food starts to feel a touch food tourist-y. Otherwise, the short series will likely improve most viewers' understanding of why we eat what we eat and how food shapes our day-to-day lives.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about food. Where does the food you eat come from? Why do we eat what we eat? Do you know the history of any particular foods?
How has food helped humans evolve over time? What were some of the food discoveries that changed mankind? Which foods had negative effects on us?
Does knowing food history change how you think about eating? If so, how?
- Premiere date: May 9, 2021
- Cast: Toby Ricketts
- Network: Max
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, History, Science and Nature
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: April 18, 2022
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