Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy Reviews

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June 5, 2020
Nothing Fancy doesn't push quite enough at understanding what comes next, but as a presentation of Kennedy's contributions and her brusque singularity, it informs and entertains.
June 4, 2020
This extremely talented, smack-talking British chef informed me that I've been making my guacamole all wrong.
June 4, 2020
What Nothing Fancy manages is an intimate exploration of Kennedy's life, home and - most importantly - hunger, which is as ferocious as it was when she began her career many decades ago.
May 31, 2020
...by one measure, I can consider it a success: I bought one of Kennedy's books the very next day.
May 27, 2020
As she tastes the foods of the country, delighting in this old favorite or that new regional wrinkle on a traditional recipe, you may find yourself fretting that you're watching this on an empty stomach.
May 27, 2020
A look at the lively life of the world's leading expert on Mexican food.
May 25, 2020
Carroll clearly admires Diana Kennedy a great deal - and part of that admiration is to capture Kennedy as she is, sometimes surly and often passionate, curious and respectful of her adopted home.
May 24, 2020
Directed by Elizabeth Carroll, the film provides that rare, genuine look inside a private and professional life
May 23, 2020
It's about as perfect a food doc gets.
May 23, 2020
Foodies will marvel at the delectable dishes on display, but Kennedy is the star of her own show, and her fiercely independent attitude both inside and outside the kitchen is magnetic.
May 22, 2020
It's a really likable documentary, even if you didn't know anything about [Diana Kennedy]... She's a really compelling subject.
May 22, 2020
The pleasures of the film outweigh its careful reservations, mostly because Kennedy is simply too much fun to observe in her natural habitat.
May 22, 2020
A much-needed perspective.
May 22, 2020
Carroll does more than just offer a profile of one person, however celebrated, but instead makes of this portrait a moving celebration of life in all its boundless glory.
May 21, 2020
The fact that Carroll and her crew choose to focus on the individual makes for a more engaging narrative, but the lack of broader context sometimes feels like a missed opportunity.
May 21, 2020
[Elizabeth] Carroll beautifully weaves this nine decade-long story into a humorous and engaging one that will make you cherish the contributions of Kennedy.
May 21, 2020
What remains is a lively and uncritical portrait of a woman as passionate about composting as chilaquiles, one who will pitch a fit if you put garlic in your guacamole.
May 19, 2020
A vivid and inspiring profile, adoring but not adulatory.
May 17, 2020
In this time of peril and chaos, Elizabeth Carroll's documentary is a balm for the soul.
May 8, 2020
The story of a remarkable life well-lived, Nothing Fancy is a tasteful transitional tale of what Kennedy has achieved and what it means for what she leaves behind.
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