Do you consider yourself familiar with Chinese food? This documentary will definitely give you a second idea. It displays food from the very North China to the very South China, shows how local people get those ingredients, cook them, and how to eat them. However, A bite of China is not only about food, it also explains the culture and history of China. It is a perfect combination of all the elements of Chinese society, like a plate of Chinese dish.
Thirty of Chinese most respected filmmakers worked for more than a year filming the seven 50-minute episodes. They shot throughout the country, from the frozen lakes of the north-east and the bamboo forests of Liuzhou to the frenetic chaoses of Beijing and Hong Kong.
A bite of China may also give you another idea of Chinese people. People like Chinese farmers hardly have an opportunity to show themselves in front of the world, but they are half of the Chinese population. They are humble, hard-work. They have a different wisdom, which comes from field, given by the nature and passed generation after generation. Through the programme, it stunningly captures ways of life that are evaporating in modern China and traditional China.
It’s not, strictly speaking, a cookery programme, though we see a lot of people cooking and there’s a recipe book tie-in (currently available only in Chinese). Instead it’s educational in a more traditional sense.
(The second season is also available on Youtube.)