Meat Hooked! explores the history of New York City’s butchering industry, showing how an influx of European immigrants and growing middle-class demand for convenient meat in the 19th century laid the groundwork for the modern scene. The film also documents changes in the business over the last 150 years.
Alongside her own research, Gotham Center director Suzanne Wasserman features interviews with such notables as Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia, and filmmaker John Sayles, as well as local butchers like Jeffery Ruhalter, a fifth-generation master butcher, and Jacob Dickson of Chelsea Market’s Dickson’s Farmstand.
Meat Hooked! premiered at the New York Food Film Festival, where it won Best Feature. It was later broadcast on the PBS series "America Reframed."