Documentary Review | The Raw and the Cooked: A Culinary Journey through Taiwan
The Raw and the Cooked: A Culinary Journey through Taiwan (PN 1995.96 .S625 R39 2012) is a culinary adventure throughout Taiwan examining how culture and the environment shape the cuisine around the island. The documentary covers everything from famous restaurants in big cities to cooking classes in monasteries. One woman travels the entirety of Taiwan and leaves no stone unturned while looking for the most fantastic and interesting cuisines the people have to offer.
Even though each area was different, the chefs of Taiwan all seemed to be focused on the environment and health of the products that go into their foods. There was an underlying political tone that stressed the importance of keeping the land and ocean safe from pollution. I liked how all the cooks and farmers interviewed were so different from each other, yet equally united and passionate about this cause. It was super cool to see the chefs cook their delicious dishes, and I would recommend this movie to anyone, especially those who love food.
Written by: Michelle Greenwood