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No Reservations -- The Movie about Two Chefs / Family / Love -- Not food

It appeared to me that the kitchen technical advising for this movie came from simply watching any two Emeril Live episodes. Specifically, to play a chef just put a white towel over one shoulder and when applying the final touches to a dish bend down putting your face nearly on the plate, close enough to breath all over the food, and act like you are in deep concentration or doing surgery. Although the story was not so much about the kitchen, and that may explain why I was not hungry after seeing it, I think it was concern about germs that I did not feel like going out to lunch. Maybe this towel on the shoulder and face in the food works as a Hollywood visual but does it really happen? Any other thoughts?

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  1. I saw the trailer for this film and immediately thought, "This one will be lame." Another cheesy love story...? I have not seen it yet, and I'm not sure that I will.

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    1. re: katkoupai

      Hey Kat, I agree. I admit, however, that I went to see it today only because I have become a fan of Abigail Breslin -- Little Miss Sunshine. I really enjoyed the food scenes in that movie including home dinner table scene of eating the F%#*ing freid chicken dinner and that diner scene with the chocolate sundae. In No reservations she does do a great little scene eating spaghetti and another looking at a fish dinner. I think this kid has a good future and she should always include a scene in her movies with her somehow dealing with food. Damm, now I want that bowl of spaghetti and my doctor said no more carbs.

      Breslin
      http://www.abigailbreslin.com/index.html

      1. re: JeetJet

        Well, if it's any consolation, after posting about my meal at Bake 'N' Broil in Long Beach today, I subsequently devoured the rest of my burger from there. Thinking about food somehow makes me want more food. :-)

        Thanks for the info about this movie.

        1. re: JeetJet

          I just saw it and despite it being a bit of sterotypical romance, I enjoyed it, as did my husband. Agree w/ you about Abigail Breslin - wonderful - I think she must live somewhere in the vicinity of us as we've seen her at a number of neighborhood restaurants. My favorite food scenes in this movie were, I guess the pizza/safari meal, and the steak forked into the table at the end.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Love in the kitchen sounds good to me. I'm anxious to see it.

            1. re: Pat Hammond

              Great sound track too - Phillip Glass, Italian arias, some mambo ....

            2. re: MMRuth

              i gues i should't read this post, you guys might be spoiling. she's a great actress, and this movies does look like a junkie romantic comedy type deal.

            3. re: JeetJet

              We saw it yesterday and this evening spaghetti sauce is simmering away despite 19 days of temps in the 90's

              1. re: Candy

                Good for you! It was 58 degrees here on Friday night, and for some insane reason I was inspired to cook the Chicken Riesling recipe from the Balthazar cookbook on Saturday, despite the return of the heat. What did you think of the movie?

                1. re: Candy

                  I had to make a bowl of spaghetti after seeing this film. Watching it seriously gave me a craving. :)

                  1. re: Candy

                    My granddaughter (a teen) made spaghetti for all of us after seeing it. She even tied her apron in the front like a chef (which is another scene in the movie) . I guess the power of suggestion is a reality. Also, her spaghetti was pretty good.

              2. Well that explains why Abigail Breslin and Aaron Eckhard were on Emeril Live the other night...

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                1. re: sivyaleah

                  Breslin was also on Martha Stewart last week - making a recipe belonging to Breslin's grandmother. Saw CZJ on CNN this morning - when asked if making this movie "whet her appetite" for the kitchen, CZJ replied to the effect that in the past, she would walk straight through her kitchen en route to another room, and now will hesitate briefly before continuing on. So I guess the answer is, no!

                2. I admit I haven't seen it, but I do believe it to be the American version of "Mostly Martha". I really enjoyed MM, and the food scenes really entertaining, and what I think to be realistic. The "getting the girl to eat spaghetti" scene is very similar, as is the part where CZJ's dish towel catches fire (which is in the trailer). I may see it when it comes out on dvd, but I already own MM. It sort of makes we wish they had not gone and made the American version. Oh well...that's Hollywood...

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                  1. re: sonofoodie

                    It is. I loved Mostly Martha but this isn't bad. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Loved her scenes with her therapist.

                    1. re: sonofoodie

                      In the beginning credits, it says "based on (the book) Mostly Martha."

                      1. re: sonofoodie

                        Ah! I knew I had seen that movie when I saw the previews!

                      2. Many, many cooks put a towel over their shoulder or in their apron strings in order to have one handy on which to wipe hands. Heck, my SO does it at home. Not to wipe off raw chicken juice or anything, just dampness and such. And I've seen pastry chefs get at eye level to balance a precarious dessert.

                        1. I always work with a towel over my shoulder unless I'm about to lean in close to some sort of fire (gas range, grill, etc). As for that getting in close, I haven't seen the movie so I don't know how close they were getting (I can easily imagine they got closer than necessary for the visual effect) but I do get fairly close to plates at times.

                          For the germs...well...there's this wonderful quote I always think of.
                          "It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it."-Julia Child.

                          1. I saw it. No Reservations was actually much better than I expected, but the cheese was laid on thick. My favorite scene is where Zoe digs into the big bowl of spaghetti. I really wanted a bowl of my own after watching that one. I'd give this film a 7.5 out of 10.