Monday, May 7, 2012

Movies that Inspired My Blogging

Pistachio and Rosewater Ice Cream

When I looked at the title, I wrote movies but I THOUGHT "other blogs." I've been blogging for a while, so this one, Julie/Julia was the blog first, the movie second. I was a big fan of the blog and it was Julie's blog that finally had me in the store asking for Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1. (I don't know if you can even find the original blog, but the book is pretty much the blog.) I loved the blog, the book and the movie.

There aren't many others that inspired my blogging. There are plenty that inspire my writing in general, though.

So here are four other food-related movies that have inspired me to love what I write about food even more:

Big Night. This is one of my all time favorite movies. A huge spread is planned by a pair of brothers who own a struggling-but-fabulous restaurant. Louis Prima is to be the guest of honor. This movie is all about food and love. The final scene? Still gives me chills as I write these words, it is that loving and lovely and perfect.

Chocolat. Ah. The magic of food and the wonders it can work.

Tampopo. In search of the perfect noodle. Perfect for me because it is about food and, more precisely, PASTA.

It's Complicated. Not about food at all, but the garden in this movie? To die for (I am convinced each fruit/vegie/whatever was probably wired onto the plants for the shots, it is that perfect. Still, a girl can dream.).

And now, not a movie, but a book that inspired me to cook: Language of Baklava by Diane Abu Jaber. In fact, it inspired cooking and blogging about cooking here (rosewater and pistachio ice cream) and here (falafel) and about the book itself, here.


Jen @ My Morning Chocolate said...

I've wanted to want Big Night and Tampopo for a while, but just haven't gotten around to it. The Language of Baklava sounds like a great book. I'm going to see if my library has a copy. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

Anjuli said...

What a great post- when I saw the theme day, I was like "whoa, how is anyone going to come up with five movies..."--- and look--- you did it!! And all so appropriate

Karen (yes, that one) said...

Not Babette's Feast?? Big Night is one of my all time favorites. My friend Lisa cooked the whole meal and played the soundtrack one night. Awesome. And "It's Complicated" - I not only covet the garden but the whole house. Can't remember her name, but she is the same woman who styled the "Something's Gotta Give" set - another house I love. Sometimes I look her up and just stare at pictures... You are making me want to watch movies now!

Unknown said...

Your post reminds today me that I bought Julie and Julia and never read it. Some day, I will. LOL.

Babette said...

Karen, LOL--oddly, NO--it is, quite rightly, a beautiful food movie. But I saw it long before I was blogging or writing (at the time, I was cooking for a living!!)...I need to watch it again. And why haven't I watched it in so long?

Jan said...

Looks like I'm going to put some movies on hold, too.

And just like Karen said, Babette's Feast is not on your list?

Thanks for more ideas.

Sheila Callahan said...

I forgot about Big Night. What a great flick.