Anyone that knows me knows that
A) I love to eat.
B) I love to watch movies.
So I thought it was befitting that I outline my favorite food movies. Lights, camera, action!
10. Food Inc. - More of a documentary than a movie, director Robert Kenner explores the health and safety standards of the food industry and the negative effects that science and technology has had on America's food production and eating habits.
9. Big Night - Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub are brothers struggling to keep their Italian restaurant afloat in this 1996 comedy. Look out for singer Mark Anthony as the scrawny waiter who barely has one line.
8. Sideways - Two middle-aged men take a road trip through California wine country. Although food is not the main focus of the movie, everyone knows a delicious dinner is enhanced with the perfect bottle of wine. I dare you to watch this and not want to pour yourself a glass of Pinot.
7. Willy Wonka and & the Chocolate Factory - Although I'm a huge Tim Burton fan, the 1971 version is much better in my opinion. The reason? The original Veruca Salt kicks ass!
6. Nine 1/2 Weeks - Honey, strawberries, champagne and Mickey Rourke circa 1986. Enough said.
5. Tortilla Soup - One chef father and three complicated daughters makes for a funny movie. The opening scene gets my taste buds going.
4. Eat Drink Man Woman - The movie that inspired Tortilla Soup. This movie takes place in Taipei and the cooking skills of the father are outrageous. He is a cooking machine.
3. Like Water For Chocolate - I read the book first and thought the movie did a great job capturing the magical realism of Laura Esquivel's novel. Tita is in love with Pedro but they cannot marry. As she drowns her sorrows in cooking, she notices that her food has a strange effect on the people who eat it.
2. Julie & Julia - I am sucker for a Meryl Streep movie. This movie inspired me to make boeuf bourguignon and sole meuniere and to set my DVR to record The French Chef every day.
1. Chocolat - I have the biggest sweet tooth and I can watch this movie over and over again. The birthday party scene is killer. Watching people pour chocolate sauce on chicken, asparagus and cake... What a great idea. And who can forget the sweetest part of the movie, Johnny Depp as a sexy gypsy.
I also recently discovered a cool website. Enter a movie title, plot or actor/director's name in the search box and a list of movies is complied for you. Check it out by clicking here.
Happy movie watching!