October is here, which means the big streaming services are rolling out plenty of spooky movies and television shows to get viewers in the Halloween spirit. There is also a bunch of new food- and restaurant-centric programming coming to Amazon Prime, HBO Now, Hulu, and Netflix this month.
The headliner for Netflix in October is Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, the new televised adaptation of James Beard Award-winning author Samin Nosrat’s cookbook of the same name. In this four-part series, produced by Jigsaw Productions (of Michael Pollan’s Cooked fame), Nosrat delves into the fundamental elements of good cooking and travels to kitchens in Japan, Italy, Mexico, and that of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, where she once worked. The series is set to premiere on Thursday, October 11.
Fitting into the Halloween theme for Netflix this month is The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, which is available to stream as of Friday, October 12. Christine McConnell, the cookbook author and Instagram star is described as a “wickedly talented baker and artist” who will show off “delectable confections and hauntingly disturbing decor with the help of her colorful collection of creatures” from the kitchen insider her “terrifyingly delicious home.” Wilshire Studios is co-producing alongside Henson Alternative, the Jim Henson Company spinoff that leans into more grown-up entertainment. Ghoulish puppets will star alongside McConnell in this series.
Part 4 of Terrace House: Opening New Doors, the Japanese reality-TV hit that is loaded with food scenes, hits Netflix on Tuesday, October 9. MeatEater, which features hunter, author, cook, and conservationist Steven Rinella heading into “the world’s most remote, beautiful regions, bringing game meat from field to table,” returns for a seventh season on Netflix on Tuesday, October 2.
Slice, the indie slasher flick that stars Chance the Rapper and centers on a pizzeria built on a portal to hell, has been available on iTunes and Google Play, but it makes its big streaming debut on Amazon Prime, Thursday, October 18. Amazon Prime also gets Trees Lounge, a 1996 comedy starring and written by Steve Buscemi about a down-and-out alcoholic who spends most of his time in a dive bar.
For Francophiles and devotees of traditional fine dining, The Quest of Alain Ducasse lands on Hulu Thursday, October 11, following its theatrical release in June. The feature-length documentary focuses its spotlight on Ducasse, the acclaimed chef who at one point held 21 Michelin stars for his expansive roster of restaurants. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the iconic 1967 film starring a blockbuster cast of Katharine Houghton, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy, examines race relations through a family dinner and an interracial relationship. It’s available on Hulu October 1. The Season 9 premiere of Fox’s animated comedy Bob’s Burgers comes to the streaming service on October 1, as well.
And the first eight seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown left Netflix last night. The series was scheduled to depart the streaming platform on June 16, but that plan was delayed following Bourdain’s death on June 8. Fans of the show can find all Parts Unknown episodes on CNNgo, the network’s streaming app, but a subscription is required.
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