For most of its 126-year existence, the National Geographic Society — which publishes National Geographic magazine — has left food and dining — perhaps some of the most mundane and essential aspects of human existence — out of its spotlight. For its new multimedia-enhanced website and blog, Nat Geo has partnered with chefs across the globe to tell a story about food's cultural place, looking beyond its role as basic nourishment.
This week, Nat Geo introduces a six-hour miniseries titled Eat: The Story of Food. A release promises the show will look at "when we ate what, why we ate it or how it's made us who we are." Nearly 70 chefs, authors, food experts, and food scientists contributed to the series, including Nigella Lawson, Nobu, Morimoto, Modernist Cuisine's Nathan Myhrvold, Michael Pollan, Rachael Ray, Ruth Reichl, Eric Ripert, and Marcus Samuelsson. Each of the one-hour episodes will focus on a specific theme, from food revolutionaries, to meat, to junk food, to seafood.
Check out an exclusive preview, above.
Eat: The Story of Food premieres on Friday, November 21 on the National Geographic Channel.