FACT: I love to cook (and bake). So I often look forward to watching how the actors in films throw down. As you can imagine, it is not the most authentic portrayal of the culinary arts in actions. But the results are (of course) something to marvel at.
That got me thinking further about food and their representation in motion pictures. Thanks to some intrepid research on the Chowhound website, I was able to compile a list of pretty yummy offerings. You may also want to check out this article on the Gastronomica website; it has a wonderful comprehensive list.
Among of my favorite films:
- LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
- BIG NIGHT
- UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
- SOUL KITCHEN
On my must see list:
- Mostly Martha
- Fork Over Knives
- Food Inc.
- Ratatouille – I saw about 30 minutes of it and then my niece and nephew had a meltdown in the theatre. We had to leave the cinema. I have yet to see the rest of the film. Although I will admit that the idea of a rat being a master chef is not necessarily the most appetizing of prospects.
Honorable mentions: Waitress, Soul Food
Guilty Pleasure: No Reservations
While I have not seen Mostly Martha, I have seen the English language/ U.S. version No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart. I watch this on repeat viewings for two wonderful reasons: 1) great NYC shots and 2) Aaron Eckhart.
(Dis)honorable Mention: Eat Pray Love.
Not the best film that I have seen in recent memory, but this is about the best pizza I have seen; brought me right back to Italy!
What are some of your favorite films featuring food and cooking?