With all the upcoming excitement surrounding the soon to be released film, Julie and Julia, my local newspaper, the News Register, ran a story yesterday about the films upcoming Friday release. Part of the story included asking local residents what their favorite foodie films are and why.
I was thrilled when they asked for my choice. It took me about two seconds to answer. Here was my quote…”I immediately think of Ratatouille when I think of great food films. The movie’s ‘anyone can cook’ theme is inspiring, reminding me that pursuing a dream requires a good amount of risk and determination. This sentiment is reiterated by the line delivered by character Chef Gusteau, ‘Cooking is for the imaginative, the strong of heart. Only the fearless can be great.’ I couldn’t agree more.”
I loved Ratatouille before it even debuted in theaters. I knew Chef Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry) was consulting with Pixar about the menus and authenticity of the kitchen design. I had a feeling everything would be completely realistic looking and I wasn’t disappointed.
However, Ratatouille was hard for my kids to follow, mostly because of the heavy French accents spoken throughout the film. What I did like was my kids were asking, “What is saffron?”….”What is a sous chef?”….so ultimately it got us talking about food. I love that.
Anyway, I was excited for this article to hit the paper because I wanted to see what everyone else chose as their favorite. I’m curious that way.
I will say after Ratatouille, the movies, Chocolat and Mostly Martha are right up there on my list.
Here are the films other people in my community chose as their favorite foodie films:
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
Like Water for Chocolate
Wedding for Bella
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Under The Tuscan Sun
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Are there any others?
What’s your favorite foodie film?
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