Everybody loves food, and many Americans are becoming more interested in how to make great meals. Whether it’s by watching Food Network or reading classic Julia Child cookbooks, more and more Americans are honing their culinary skills. Some of my favorite films celebrate those who have mastered the art of preparing fine cuisine. Whether you are a professional cook, a Top Chef junkie, or just someone who loves a great movie, these flicks will entertain you (and probably make you pretty hungry, too!).
Julie and Julia (2009)
Directed by Nora Ephron, this movie follows the life of Julia Child in a dual narrative with that of Julie Powell, the woman who created the “Julie and Julia Project”. The stories of both women are inspiring, but the real star of the film is the food. Whether it’s boeuf bourguignon, sole meuniere, or one of the decadent desserts featured onscreen, you’ll want to watch this movie with a box of tissues and a serious array of snacks.
Mostly Martha (2001)
This German film follows a stressed-out chef who is ordered to see a therapist after flipping out on a customer. Her life takes a turn for the crazy when her sister dies, leaving her to take care of her orphaned niece. The film was also the primary inspiration for the 2007 American film No Reservations, starring Aaron Eckhardt and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
You might be surprised that an animated children’s film about rats could have the ability to make you salivate, but Ratatouille delivers. If you are interested in getting your kids to be more interested in where their food comes from, this would be a great film to watch with them.
Once you see this movie, Cup Noodles will never be able to satisfy your craving for ramen. The movie follows multiple characters through a variety of plots lines, but the central story line revolves around the improvements being made to a run-down noodle restaurant in Japan. The movie is filled with food-centric scenes that have become an iconic part of cinema history, including the “omurice” scene, as well as the scene where two lovers pass an egg between their mouths without breaking the yolk. Once you watch this movie, you’ll have learned some new cooking skills you’ll be dying to test out.
What about you? What films about cooking are your favorites, and which best represent the pressures of cooking in a professional kitchen?