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Babette's Feast......Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

I just finished watching this movie. Thank you to the CHs who recommended it. It is a must see for those who are "chefs" in their household. Cooking is labor of love we freely give to those around us, and what a blessing it is to the chef when those efforts are valued. I highly recommend this movie.

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  1. It's my all time favorite foodie film. Glad you enjoyed it. Not the sort of film to see before a fast food run, right?

    1. i have never seen the movie but the book is a great read

      1. I love this movie, and now look forward to reading the book. The cooking and eating scenes are so amazing, from the glug, glug, glug of the wine to the crispy pigeon head. And the desserts make me want to eat the screen.

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        1. re: rabaja

          Crispy pigeon head? I thought that was its skull they were breaking through.

        2. Here in Boston, one of our hotels recreated the feast while the movie was here. I didn't make that one, but some of us made the "Big Night" feast at Grotto on Beacon Hill, which was over the top(do a search on the Boston board). Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano!

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          1. Back in the crazy 70s we loved this risque film about food, starring Marcello Mastroianni. Be warned, it has an NC-17 rating.

            La Grande Bouffe
            Four successful middle-aged men Marcello, a pilot; Michel, a television executive; Ugo, a chef; and, Philippe, a judge go to Philippe's villa to eat themselves to death.

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            1. re: 2top

              I love that movie. Way over the top.

            2. 'Tampopo' is a Japanese film about the search for excellence even in the most humble of foods. It remains one of my favorite films.

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              1. re: toodie jane

                Loved Tampopo as well as Babette's Feast. Big Night is another all time favorite.

              2. FWF, Another great food movie is: "Like Water For Chocolate".

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                1. re: Leper

                  I loved that movie, and it encapsulates a special memory for us. (We took a pregnancy test right before going to see it. Despite being told we couldn't have another child, the test was positive!!)

                2. Catherine Pantsios at the late lamented Zola's in San Francisco would for a time duplicate the movie's menu and wines (with newer vintages, of course) by special arrangement. Unfortunately at the time I couldn't afford it.

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                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Wow, that would have been out of this world.

                    By the way, we watched the movie the other night with my 8 year old (epicurean) and my 4 year old. My 8 year old was captivated. At one point my 4 year old yelled out "Does anyone speak English here?" It was so funny.

                  2. the labor of love cooking reference had me giggling remembering the scene in Sixteen Candles when the grandmother is lovingly cooking breakfast, dropping her cigarette ashes into the frying pan.

                    I did very much enjoy BF. A friend was thrilled that there was a mainstreamish Danish arthouse film that she could take her parents to.

                    I knew eat, drink, man, woman, but appreciated a prior thread recommendation to Tortilla Soup. I loved it!

                    Also enjoyed via a CH recco, Mostly Martha. There is a USA remake coming with Catherine Zeta-Jones.

                    My faves are Coca-Cola Kid and Gregory's Girl.

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                    1. re: himbeer

                      Mostly Martha is wonderful too--one of my favorites. (Not really in the same category as Babette's Feast IMO; cinematography, etc.)

                    2. All the above are my favorites too.
                      Can't believe no one mentioned The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover! Or Silence of the Lambs for that Matter, Eating Raoul, or Delicatessen.

                      1. I found the menu from BABETTE'S FEAST. Enjoy!

                        Babette’s feast was made up of the finest dishes and wines served at the restaurant she had in Paris:

                        § Potage a’la Tortue
                        (Turtle Soup)

                        § Blini Demidoff au Caviar
                        (Buckwheat cakes with caviar)

                        § Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine
                        (Quail in Puff Pastry Shell with Foie Gras & Truffle Sauce)

                        § La Salade
                        (Salad Course)

                        § Les Fromages
                        (Cheese and Fresh Fruit)

                        § Baba au Rhum avec les Figues
                        (Rum Cake with Dried Figs)

                        ...and after prayer, the dinner begins. The wine is opened and poured, the turtle soup ladled into each bowl. Next, tiny pancakes garnished with odd looking, fishy smelling little black eggs. Ah, a quick look of surprise
                        in the eye of the French Officer. Caviar!
                        And Champagne!

                        ...and then, as the guests are beginning to sip another glass of vintage wine, the aroma of something special wafts through the dining room; “Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine.” It is a masterpiece. One of the finest
                        of the finest of classical French dishes served only in Paris’s finest restaurants. Tender, gamey quail stuffed with foie gras and encased in a puff pastry shell, swimming in a pool of black truffles hand-picked in the Perigord region of France.
                        Rare bottles of “Clos de Vougeot” are poured into crystal goblets.

                        Dinner ends with a fabulous rum cake with glaceé and fresh fruits.

                        1. Wow, thanks. (Let's all get together to recreate it!)

                          By the way, what was the cow's head used for?

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                          1. re: Funwithfood

                            I'm guessing the cow's head was for making demi glace and stock.

                          2. Funny, I just came across my dvd of Babette's yesterday and was planning on watching it today. I haven't seen it in years!