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Aug 15, 2006 06:52 PM

Favorite Food films (or just great scenes from otherwise un-foodie movies that involve food)

Just throwing this up against the wall to see what sticks.
(Kind of like Walter Matthau in "The Odd Couple" when he did away with that plate of linguini, only, in this case, hopefully less wasteful)

Bear in mind that, when I say "food movie", I'm certainly referring to movies that, for the most part, feature food as the main attraction, such as "Tampopo", "Big Night" and "Eat Drink Man Woman".

That said, I would also include movies, such as "Diner", that, while not obsessing over an actual dish, have a lot to say about the ritual of sitting down to eat with someone.

Like I mentioned, feel free to mention scenes from movies that might other wise not be food obsessed, such as the amazing "are they eating or having sex" scene in "Tom Jones".

I would ask you all to ponder a few things before tallying your lists:
-which film, or films, made you hungriest?
-which taught you something about a particular food, or recipe, that you never knew before?
-which film, or scene, came closest (mind you, without completely succeeding) to putting you off of a certain food?

Anyhow, I look forward to reading your reactions. I'm sure - as is my hope - that some of you will hit me with stuff out of left field.

By the way, documentaries are certainly included. Why not?

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  1. I would say Tampopo has the most sensuous images of food: the noodles, the raw egg.

      1. re: OCAnn

        I kind of figured new post= opinions from new Chowhounds. I didn't realize that there was a one post limit per topic.

        My favorite scene was the feast scene in Hook with Robin William. Although the Lost Boys were only pretending that the colourful gunk that they were eating was food, I enjoyed watching them imagine their way to a table covered in all sorts of sweets and meats.

      2. Here are two that I haven't seen mentioned too much.

        The extras scene in Spanglish, when Thomas Keller shows Adam Sandler how to make "The World's Best Sandwich."

        The infamous burrito scene in Desparate Housewives.

        Lonely Planet's documentary of the weirdest foods in the world. Anyone remember the name?

        1. Tortilla Soup and Big Night made me the hungriest, and taught me a lot about (respectively) Mexican and Italian cuisine. I still can't make risotto without thinking of that scene with Tony Shaloub and Stanley Tucci.

          And after seeing Spanglish, I also couldn't wait to recreate Thomas Keller's late night sandwich, complete with a tall beer.

          On the other hand, after watching The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, it was a long while before I could eat salmon again without conjuring up the grand finale of that one.

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          1. re: djh

            I've been waiting for someone to mention that film. My, that had some powerful images...

            1. re: jillp

              Wow!!! That is such a classic at home. All the scenes in the truck or in the huge kitchen... JUST GREAT!

          2. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. I actually went out and had some.


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            1. re: TexasToast

              I adored that movie - and the book as well - but sadly I have yet to eat one of those tomatoes.