COOKING HISTORY

Austria / Slovakia / Czech Republic, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Peter Kerekes

6 wars, 10 recipes, 60,361,024 dead.

If the cooks went on strike would there still be war? Pondering this question and looking at six of the greatest, bloodiest wars of Europe's past, Cooking History is a culinary excursion through the field kitchens of battles fought, lost and won.

With sprinklings of sly humour and a pinch of stylised creativity, filmmaker Peter Kerekes (66 Seasons) interviews head chefs who have cooked in battles ranging from World War II to Chechnya, some of whom fed the enemy with their food and others who poisoned them. Their stories are funny, tragic, dark and invariably entertaining.

'Every cook in this movie has a recipe how to survive during an extreme situation. How to keep your own personality.'- filmmaker Peter Kerekes.


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