The Food That Built America

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  • TV-PG
  • 2019
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.5  (1,034)

This docuseries tells the stories of businessmen who built gigantic fortunes by selling food products to Americans. The series focuses on the products and brands that have evolved into massive corporations that control much of America's food economy to this day. Food moguls covered include Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers.

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Pasta Party
12. Pasta Party
May 15, 2022
Hector and Mario Boiardi open an Italian restaurant in Cleveland in 1924 and soon introduce Italian food to Americans; the brothers eventually find themselves in competition with James Kraft and his newest offering, macaroni and cheese.
Let Them Eat Snack Cakes
11. Let Them Eat Snack Cakes
May 8, 2022
When a New York bakery owner passes away suddenly, his wife Martha Entenmann takes the reigns of the company and grows it into a national powerhouse. Meanwhile, a married couple have bankrupted one bakery, but are determined to succeed their second time around and conquer the baking world with a revolutionary way to sell snack cakes, including their iconic oatmeal creme pie.
Chain Reaction
10. Chain Reaction
May 1, 2022
In New York City, former Olympic wrestler Rocky Aoki and a perfume salesman become the unlikely fathers of a casual dining revolution when they open wildly different establishments in the heart of the city: one of America's first Japanese restaurants, and a swinging singles bar that will go on to become one of the country's most iconic restaurant chains.
Beyond the Burger
9. Beyond the Burger
April 24, 2022
Restaurateur Glen Bell works to create a burger alternative for the fast-food market and after several setbacks goes on to help introduce the taco to America; two brothers look to beat the burger by betting that a roast beef sandwich can compete.
Pop Stars
8. Pop Stars
April 17, 2022
Small town farmer Orville Redenbacher has a lifelong dream of creating the perfect popcorn kernel, leading to the first significant development of popcorn in thousands of years which he sells nationwide, eventually pitting him against industry rivals for supremacy of America's oldest snack.
The Beef Is On
7. The Beef Is On
April 10, 2022
When Colonel Sanders sells his company to investors in 1964, the new owners identify a rising star within the organization: Dave Thomas.
Cookie Fortunes
6. Cookie Fortunes
April 3, 2022
Hollywood agent Wally Amos transforms his professional life when he decides to make and sell his own gourmet chocolate chip cookies, and opens America's first cookie store; housewife Debbi Fields opens her homestyle cookie shop in a mall.
The Best Thing Since...
5. The Best Thing Since...
March 27, 2022
In a quest to dominate the growing commercial bread industry, Lee Marshall bets on a new kind of white loaf, unwittingly inspiring a homemaker named Margaret Rudkin to come up with a healthier alternative.
A Dish Best Served...Soft
4. A Dish Best Served...Soft
March 20, 2022
When his ice cream truck breaks down, Tom Carvel discovers that half-melted ice cream is a surefire hit with customers.
Do or Donut
3. Do or Donut
March 13, 2022
When a commercial caterer realizes his two best selling items are donuts and coffee, he joins forces with his brother-in-law to create a revolutionary donut chain. Soon a rivalry starts with a beloved Southern-based donut shop, with both on a collision course, destined to become nationwide icons.
A Cold One
2. A Cold One
March 6, 2022
In the late 1800s, German immigrants Joseph Schlitz and Captain Frederick Pabst find themselves in a battle for beer dominance. In their fight for one upmanship they will help create the most popular alcoholic beverage on the planet, introduce lager beer to the nation, and become two of the biggest companies on Earth for half a century.
Submarine Warfare
1. Submarine Warfare
February 27, 2022
The fascinating stories of the families behind the food that built America, those who used brains, muscle, blood, sweat and tears to get to America's heart through its stomach, those who invented new technologies and helped win wars.
Description

This docuseries tells the stories of businessmen who built gigantic fortunes by selling food products to Americans. The series focuses on the products and brands that have evolved into massive corporations that control much of America's food economy to this day. Food moguls covered include Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers.

The Food That Built America is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (31 episodes). The series first aired on August 11, 2019.

Where to Watch The Food That Built America

The Food That Built America is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Food That Built America on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu and History Vault, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and History.

  • Premiere Date
    August 11, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (1,034)