Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Top Five Food Moments in Film

Hello all!  In honor of the launch of my new "Food on Film" series, I have created a list of my top five food moments in film (try saying that five times fast!).  Without further adieu, let's begin!

5.  Royale with Cheese - "Pulp Fiction"
Quention Tarantino is one of my favorite filmmakers, and arguably one of the most iconic.  His movies are full of strange characters, complex plots, and countless moments of dark humor.  The whole conversation about the (sadly untrue) French name for a quarter pounder with cheese is truly one of the most iconic moments in Pulp Fiction, and a perfect example of Tarantino's offbeat humor.

4.  The Search for the Twinkie - "Zombieland"
(Alright, so I didn't say this would be a list of the healthiest food moments in film.)  Even though Zombieland does deliver on gross zombie moments, it also makes plenty of time for humor, as seen in the subplot revolving around one character's search for a Twinkie in a post-zombie-apocalypse world.  Admittedly, I have never eaten (nor had the desire to eat) a Twinkie, but after watching this movie, I'm intrigued to try one and see if they're really worth the search.

3.  Boeuf Bourguignon - "Julia & Julia"
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Julie & Julia was one of my favorite movies growing up: Meryl Streep is incredible as Julia Child, and what's better than two hours of French food and Paris in the 50s?  Although the whole movie is full of iconic food moments (learning how to bone a duck, for example), the Boeuf Bourguignon recipe is the one that stuck with me the most.  This recipe is probably one of the Julia Child's most famous recipes in real-life, and rightfully so: I made it a couple years ago and it was downright delicious!

2.  Courtesan au Chocolat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Let it be known: I love Wes Anderson.  His films are hilarious, strange, and mesmerizingly beautiful.  In fact, I love him so much I recreated his iconic style for "The Wes Anderson Cooking Show", my first video in my "Food on Film" series (check it out here: The Wes Anderson Cooking Show).  Even though I love all of Anderson's films, The Grand Budapest Hotel is probably one of my favorites, partly because of the starring pastry: Courtesan au Chocolat.  This pastry is quirky, incredibly detailed, and about as "Wes Anderson" that a food can get.

1.  Ratatouille - (you guessed it!) Ratatouille
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I'm not gonna lie: I was obsessed with Ratatouille as a kid.  I even had the Nintendo DS game.  The obsession was real.  I loved the characters, the food, and, again, what is better than a movie set in Paris?  Even though the starring ratatouille dish looks insanely delicious, what I love most about this movie is it's ability to show how certain foods can take you back to a specific time or place in an instant.  Food is such a powerful tool, and I know many of my memories revolve around food in some way.

And there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed this list; if you think I missed an iconic food moment in film, let me know!
Thanks for reading,

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