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Dec 10, 2010 08:13 PM

Best Cooking Movie?

Here's an odd query...

I find this time of year that I turn more attention to both good cooking and quality movies. Does anyone have a film they treasure that has to do with cooking and food and the conviviality they bring? I'm not especially asking about films that instruct, but rather those that somehow convey the joy and importance of good food.

An example of what I'm looking for is "Babbette's Feast".

Thanks and Happy Holidays.

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      1. re: roxlet

        Thanks for reminding me of Big Night ... I'd never seen it and always meant to. Watched just now on Netflix ... what a treat!

        1. re: Siun

          It took us about 3 tries to see the whole movie because we'd start out having a "Big Night" inspired dinner . . . . and then fall asleep!!!

      2. Eat Drink Man Woman

        Do not watch it on an empty stomach.

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        1. re: pabboy

          Thanks! I now remember seeing Big Night--great. Look forward to Eat Drink Man Woman.

        2. Chocolat, Soul Food, Eat Drink Man Woman; let me get back to ya on this 'cause I'll surely think of a few more.

              1. re: kaleokahu

                my pleasure - it's a fun topic to revisit on occasion!

            1. Dinner Rush.....or Clemenza making tomato sauce/Sunday gravy

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              1. re: fourunder

                man i just re-watched dinner rush the other day. it always seriously skeeved me out-- the stereotypical nyc-italian kitchen where nobody ever washes their hands, no matter what. . . activities they are up to :)

                but it has some beautiful, real line cooking sequences and a lot of foh/boh & funny behind the scenes action. i've always loved the scene where the specials of the day are being dictated & practiced by the waitstaff, written on the chalkboard, and then shouted to the line cooks as they are working. during the dinner service, the restaurant has some "customers from hell" including the guy who keeps touching the female servers, the food critic, and the guy who sneeringly responds "my name is ___, and i'll be your customer. . . don't you just hate it when they tell you their names?" when the server introduces herself, which i find humorous.

                to the op-- dinner rush is not so much a "feel good" movie like babette's feast, it's about gangsters & greed, but family too, in its own way. it's a little bit of a gritty movie with some fun to it, which takes place almost entirely inside a restaurant, with everyone's issues coming out on the table, as it were-- but the food is always happening. not sure it's what you're looking for exactly, but then again it could be a fun watch for you.

                1. re: soupkitten

                  If I had to serve the annoying gallery owner and restaurant critic......the gangsters would be alive and they would have seen the bullets instead.......btw, hated the bartender too.

                  1. re: fourunder

                    LMAO! yeah it's one of those movies where you may just wind up hating most of the personalities portrayed, and the human race, a little bit more than when you began the film-- definitely written by a bitter & poor, writer/artist working part time as a server, i'll wager!

                    to the op, & on a lighter note: how about kamome shokudo?