Food movies are a recurring theme with food-loving people--which do we like, dislike, what affected us the most? So here, in no particular order, are five food movies I think food lovers will....LOVE.
1. Babette's Feast. I loved the movie enough to twist it slightly for the name of my blog. Babette cooks a bang up meal for a few of the townspeople who she's lived near/with for years. This she does after inheriting money--all of which gets spent on said feast. In the course of the meal more than one puritan realizes that good food can be a revelation all on its own and lead to other epiphanies.
2. Food, Inc. This isn't so much a lovely movie at all as a movie about why we need to understand where our food comes from. I hope everyone sees this and just pays more attention to it all...buys from local farmers...learns what it means to eat in season...appreciate the real flavors of real food.
3. Chocolat...a little bit of magic, a lot of chocolate. This is a sweet (ha) movie that stayed with me.
4. Big Night. Of all movies where food is an integral part of the plot, this one is my all time favorite. Food brings people together, it tears them apart...the final scene of Big Night--wordless--is a masterpiece that wraps up food, love, family.
5. Tampopo: The noodle movie...in Japan, a woman seeks to make the perfect noodle. This is another movie that stayed with me over the years, one I re-watch on a semi-regular basis. Funny and touching...worth the watch.
Bonus movie (because I can't not list this one)--Julie and Julia. Of course we've all heard about it. This blog and movie introduced a new generation to Julia Child. While I've always thought her fabulous, I NEVER owned Mastering the Art of French Cooking...until I was following the blog. Streep is incredible here. I watched this movie twice last summer, both times alone, because I just wanted to SEE it....
Okay. Your turn. Tell me what food movies you love..