Last week, the Bumbles asked us about books featured in movies, and despite the fact that I am a BOOK BLOG and READ UNTIL MY BRAINS COME out, I had a hard time coming up with clever ideas. Imagine my excitement when I saw that the topic for this week was food in movies, my other passion. Molly Bumble actually writes and edits restaurant reviews for an online publication, Uptake, so she is a professional foodie and has some great offers this week. I had no issues coming up with a bunch in just a few minutes. Here they are:
1. Babette's Feast - this movie is beginning to become a regular on here, in competition with Jaws and The Shining! If you love to cook, this is one you have to watch. It is a Danish film that won Best Foreign Language Film in 1987, about a refugee who seeks sanctuary by staying with two spinsters as their cook. When she wins the lottery, she uses her winnings to cook a feast for the small village's inhabitants, and effectively breaks down walls and inhibitions.
2. Waitress - totally precious movie about a pregnant waitress in a loveless relationship who bakes incredible pies for a diner with hopes of a better life. her pies all have clever names, crafted and inspired by the woman's mood (like "I don't want to have Earl's baby pie").
3. Julie and Julia - I'd be surprised if this movie doesn't end up on everyone's list. Julia Child is my hero.
4. Ratatouille - not a big fan of rats, but I'd have this one over any evening. Very cute film about a gourmet chef rat and a human protege who is trying to make it in the business.
5. Food Inc. - It simply isn't possible to watch this movie and look at your food the same. Explores agribusiness, the treatment of animals, and farming as a corporation. Fascinating (and scary) stuff.
6. Like Water for Chocolate - the story of a Mexican woman who uses her cooking skills to affect and control the people around her. This movie almost watches like a fairy tale, with lots of magical realism and humor.
So let me have it! Which foodie movies are your favorites??