Yesterday I shared a list of delicious recipes that went along with this year’s 10 Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards. After putting that list together, I kept thinking about my favorite movies where food was the star.
Enjoying your favorite recipe while watching a flick has become a tradition in many households – especially mine. But it’s even better when the movie loves food just as much as you do. Which is why I’m sharing my top 5 favorite food movies – and some recipes too!
Ratatouille: I never thought I’d love a rat as much as I love Remy. Watching that little guy talk about food and risk his life to help his friend learn how to cook was incredibly touching. Plus, the whole motto of “Anyone can cook,” helped me harness my own passion for working in the kitchen. Throw in the genius that is Pixar, and it’s no wonder this movie won Best Animated Feature.
Get this recipe: Ratatouille with Polenta
Julie & Julia: “Bonjour!” Watching the flawless Meryl Streep play the vivid personality of one of the world’s most iconic chefs was inspiring. Julia took her love for French food and made it easy for American housewives to recreate these traditional dishes in their own homes. After seeing the movie I went out and bought her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I spent the next several days making omelets, baking baguettes, and eating the best beef bourguignon I’d ever tasted.
Get this recipe: Beef Burgundy
Chocolat: The first time I saw this movie I fell in love with Johnny Depp. The second time I saw this movie I was determined to become a chocolatier. The lovely Suzanne transforms chocolate into luscious treats that can solve any problem and cure any ailment. Her chocolate is magic.
Get this recipe: Ginger Chocolate Temptation
Waitress: Let’s be honest, nothing beats a good piece of pie – especially if that pie is filled with your hopes and dreams. In this quirky movie, Keri Russell plays a waitress who bakes pies in the hopes that they’ll help get her to a better place in life. From pies like “I Don’t Want to Have Earl’s Baby” pie, to “Fallin’ In Love Chocolate Mousse” pie, you can’t help but crave one of these delicious confections.
Get this recipe: Grasshopper Pie
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: I have a love/hate relationship with this movie. I hate it because the Oompaloompas used to terrify me as a child. Not to mention the idea of turning into a giant blueberry or getting sucked into a tube of chocolate caused many sleepless nights. But I love this movie because the idea of a world full of decadent sweets and whirly-twirly gumdrops strongly appeals to my sweet tooth. It’s a world of pure imagination, and now that I’m older, I’m happy to visit on occasion.
Get this recipe: Circus Cake
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