Food on film

Movies & food are two of my favorite things, so it stands to reason that movies about food represent a perfect combination for me. Following on a post about popcorn (who decided that popcorn is a good movie-theater snack? Is there any noisier food to eat?) let’s talk about movies. The best movies about food, in my opinion, express the joy of creating food and the joy of eating food. So here are a few of my favorites. What are your favorite movie scenes about food?

I love everything about Ratatouille! The character of Remy is so appealing and so unassuming, and his passion for food is so unselfconscious and unlikely. This film is about more than food, it’s about the desire to create – the passion of a real artist. And it makes you very hungry, too!
This scene is also about food & memory, a fascination of mine, as we all know.

more from all over the world…

Tampopo is pure, giddy, beautiful fun.

Bella Marta makes me want to cook with star anise

I love the long long, nearly wordless take at the end of Big Night. Simple, beautiful, nourishing.

In The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon go on a food tour of Northern England. Very funny and unexpectedly moving.

Like Water For CHocolate

Babette’s Feast

Eat Drink Man Woman

5 thoughts on “Food on film

  1. I think you’ve covered most of my favourites there, Claire – especially Big Night, Eat Drink Man Woman and, less for the food in all honesty but recognising it’s necessary non-speaking role, The Trip – but may I submit this – “Don’t put too many onions in the sauce”:

    • Oh yeah, forgot to mention Like Water For Chocolate as another favourite – all those recipes are in the original novel, you know.
      Weirdly, I never took to Ratatouille to quite the same extent as most other Pixar movies but there’s an interesting correlation between the scene in which the food critic tastes the food and is immediately transported to a golden Mallick-esque childhood memory and a scene in the (not otherwise terribly good) film of Patrick Susskind’s Perfume, when a similar swoop back through memory and emotion happens to Dustin Hoffman on smelling a murderous perfume.

  2. Love the goodfellas clip, May. DOesn’t look like such a bad life!

    I don’t know what it is about Ratatouille, it just makes me happy. My boys put it on when they’re trying to cheer me up. I love all of Brad Bird’s films (The Incredibles, Iron Giant). Even the things that don’t make sense, like Remy and Linguini’s decidedly non-French accents, work for me in Ratatouille. I think it’s so well-written, and drawn, I like the not-played-down-to- children humor of it.

    I’ve never read Like Water for Chocolate – I’ll look for it at the library!

  3. Me being as old as the hills, food on film always makes me think of the Albert Finney and Joyce Redman feast in Tom Jones.

    Have you seen Julie & Julia? Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cookery is my favorite recipe book, by a long chalk. But I haven’t seen the movie yet – the DVD is gathering dust somewhere. I never seem to find the time for anything that takes ninety minutes, these days – unless it’s actual cookery, of course, where I’ll happily be in the kitchen all afternoon!


    • Hello, GHE!

      And..of course, Tom JOnes!! I was trying to think of some older movies, but didn’t come up with anything. But…now I have a few thoughts. Maybe I’ll do a vintage food on film post one of these days.

      I did see Julie & Julia. I really liked the Julia Child segments. Very well made. Not so crazy about the Julie segments. They tried to dramatize her plight, but she wasn’t very dramatic and she didn’t really have a plight!

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