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Best Cooking Movie?

kaleokahu Dec 10, 2010 08:13 PM

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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    annabana Dec 16, 2010 02:39 PM

    To add to the others on this thread, here's an oldie but goodie, Christmas in Connecticut. Barbara Stanwyck as a Martha Stewart type columnist for a big magazine except she can't cook. Hijinks ensue. Its really a lot of fun. Supporting cast includes Sidney Greenstreet and "Cuddles" Szakal. What's not too like?

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      kstock142 Dec 16, 2010 11:24 AM

      Today's Special! It's about an Indian chef and is a very nice, inspirational movie. Definitely see it if you haven't!

      1. corneygirl Dec 14, 2010 09:10 PM

        Just to be a PIA - The Cook, The Thief, The Wife, and Her Lover

        More eating than cooking and not for the squeamish (beautifully nasty).

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        1. re: corneygirl
          Bada Bing Dec 16, 2010 01:11 PM

          I agree--a brilliant film, but not for those with a weak stomach. I teach college literature and have used this film in a course about decadence.

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          kaleokahu Dec 14, 2010 08:54 PM

          Thanks, all. Keep 'em coming.

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            jarona Dec 14, 2010 10:56 AM

            Tie between the following:
            Big Night
            La Grande Bouffe

            1. dcdavis Dec 14, 2010 08:46 AM

              Just stick with "Babbett's Feast!" It always makes me hungry and then bolder about what I choose to prepare!

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                Snorkelvik Dec 14, 2010 05:21 AM

                Ratatouille, Like Water for Chocolate, Streep cooking in The Hours, Sandler makes a sandwich - Spanglish, Pieces of April (lovely film, young woman in EVillage making Tgiving dinner for her family, Katie Holmes in her prime)...can't think of anything recent.

                1. JuniorBalloon Dec 12, 2010 04:58 PM

                  Not exactly cooking, but Tampopo.


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                    pabboy Dec 12, 2010 05:21 PM

                    There's definitely cooking involved!! A nice bowl of ramen would be great right now.

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                      marsprincess Dec 13, 2010 01:25 AM

                      I loved Tampopo - had forget all about it. Will have to see if I can find it again. Sadly no netflix in Switzerland.

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                        Stephanie Wong Dec 13, 2010 07:16 PM

                        When we started with Netflix about a year ago (in the U.S.), I requested Tampopo; It's still not available on Netflix.

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                      fourunder Dec 12, 2010 03:49 PM

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

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                        soupkitten Dec 14, 2010 09:27 PM

                        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.

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                          fourunder Dec 14, 2010 09:41 PM

                          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.

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                            soupkitten Dec 14, 2010 09:54 PM

                            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?

                      2. goodhealthgourmet Dec 11, 2010 07:44 PM

                        "Here's an odd query..."
                        not exactly ;)


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                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                          kaleokahu Dec 11, 2010 08:09 PM

                          Why, thanks. I'll remember your kind-hearted help.

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/409794 -- 2007
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/302328 -- 2005
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/675300 -- 2009
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/329236 -- 2006
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/613469 -- 2009
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/416718 -- 2007

                          A few movies made since then. Have some choices of your own?

                          1. re: kaleokahu
                            goodhealthgourmet Dec 11, 2010 08:11 PM

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

                        2. mamachef Dec 11, 2010 01:28 PM

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

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                            pabboy Dec 11, 2010 07:52 AM

                            Eat Drink Man Woman

                            Do not watch it on an empty stomach.

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                            1. re: pabboy
                              kaleokahu Dec 11, 2010 09:19 AM

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

                            2. roxlet Dec 11, 2010 04:45 AM

                              Big Night

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                                bugsmum Dec 11, 2010 08:08 AM

                                Yes, Big NIght.

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                                  Siun Dec 11, 2010 07:26 PM

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

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                                    Breadcrumbs Dec 13, 2010 03:34 AM

                                    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!!!

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