Word of warning: Do not watch any of these movies on an empty stomach.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Who taught America how to cook? Julia Child of course! The movie is based on the 2 true stories, Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) start of her cooking profession and blogger Julie Powell’s (Amy Adams) challenge to cook all of Julia’s recipes in her first cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Also, these two women never met in real life. Watch as they turn they life around with cooking and discover that anything is possible with passion, fearlessness and plenty of butter.
There’s a pie for everything, according to Jenna (Keri Russell) and me. She’s a ‘pie-genius’ who works at a local diner in hopes of saving up enough money to leave her overbearing husband. Her pie recipes are unusual and stem from the trials, tribulations and circumstances of her life like the “I Hate My Husband Pie” and the “I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie” when she found out she was pregnant. For those who want to make the “Marshmallow Mermaid Pie,” there is a cookbook dedicated to all the pies in the movie titled Sugar, Butter, Flour. Good to know since you will definitely want a huge serving of pie after this movie.
This is a movie about Remy, the rat that dreams of being a chef. Yes, this rat can cook. And yes, he does make ratatouille at some point in the movie, showing us that it is not meant to be a fancy dish but a simple, down-to-earth dish. I know I know, “cartoons are for kids” but trust me, this is not a childish movie and it will inspire the chef in you. Before this movie was released, I didn’t even know what a ratatouille is, but now I do and I can’t stop eating it.
The Hundred-foot journey (2014)
This is probably one of the most underrated food movies of all time. Set in a quaint and charming village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in France, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), after being displaced from their native country, India decides to open an Indian eatery there. Unfortunately, their eatery is a hundred feet away from Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), and escalates to an all-out war between the two establishments. That is until Mallory recognizes Hassan Kadam’s (Manish Dayal) impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing. Includes steps for making a perfect Indian-spiced omelette!
Jiro dreams of sushi (2011)
Making sushi is more than a job, it’s an art, it’s life for Jiro Ono, who’s probably the world’s best shokunin (sushi craftsman). His restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, lies in a Tokyo subway station and seats only ten, yet attracts patrons from all over the world. Awarded three Michelin stars, a 15-minute meal will set you back about $375. In Jiro Dreams of Sushi, director David Gelb captures the magic of the legendary chef and his relationship with both family and food. After this documentary, I too, dream of sushi.
We can’t list our favourite food-movies without mentioning Chef. Starring Jon Favreau as a head chef in one of LA’s most prestigious restaurant who quits his job after his boss pushes him too far and sets out to open a food truck, and an all-star cast of Robert Downey JR., Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara, this is a delicious and inspiring movie on (lots of) food, friendship and familial love. Seriously though, do not even attempt to watch this on an empty stomach.
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