If I can’t always be cooking in my kitchen, the next best thing is watching a foodie flick where culinary delights are being woven into a storyline, seeing a different culture and cuisine portrayed, and the observing the dynamics around a dinner table.
It was hard to narrow is down to just ten choices as there are so many films out there with moving and memorable food scenes. A few off the top of my head would be My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Godfather, Monsoon Wedding, Moonstruck, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…the list goes on. Food in movies is an expression of passion and can convey a subtle sensuality that rivals any average love scene. That scene in Godfather III where Vincent and Mary are making gnocchi is smokin’!
Here is my selection for my top ten favorite food movies in no particular order.
Also included is a suggestion of what to eat when you watch the film…I don’t know about you but I always get hungry during foodie movies.
Top Ten Foodie Movies:
1. Like Water For Chocolate (Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon)
2. Babette’s Feast (stuffed quail)
3. Big Night (timpani)
4. Mostly Martha (steak)
5. Dinner Rush (pasta)
6. Spanglish (World’s Best Sandwich, recipe below)
7. Eat Drink Man Woman (wonton soup)
8. Addicted to Love (strawberries)
9. Chocolat (truffles)
10. Vatel (wine and cheese)
World's Best Sandwich
(from the movie, Spanglish, invented by chef Thomas Keller)
3-4 slices of bacon
2 slices of Monterey Jack cheese
2 slices of toasted rustic country loaf (pain de campagne)
1 tbsp of mayo
4 tomato slices
2 leaves of butter lettuce (yes, it’s called butter lettuce)
1 teaspoon butter
Cook the bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels.
Place slices of cheese on one side of toasted bread. Place in toaster oven or under broiler to melt.
Spread mayo on other slice of bread top with bacon, sliced tomato, and lettuce.
On non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Fry egg, turning over briefly when the bottom is set (keep yolk runny).
Slide finished egg on top of lettuce, top with other slice of bread.
Place sandwich on plate and slice in half, letting yolk run down sandwich.