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TOP TEN #4: Food in Films

Food can be a visual treat, and it’s not just limited to the food porn variety online. Rachel Adelsberger compiles, in no particular order, a list of definitive films that you must watch (Chocolat & Ratatouille has been reviewed in earlier posts). All are available at the Tisch Library

Julie and Julia (2009)

Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book.

Starring: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina

Waitress (2007)

Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the Deep South. Her thoughts are revealed through the pies that she bakes. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship that’s a last attempt at happiness.

Staring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines and Jeremy Sisto.

Tortilla Soup (2001)

A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life.

Staring Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors and Tamara Mello.

Read on for more selections!

No Reservations (2007)

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin

Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Tita and Pedro want to get married, but Tita has to take care of her aging mother and is not allowed to marry. Pedro ends up marrying Tita’s sister, but lets Tita know he only married her sister to be closer to her. When Tita is forced to make the wedding cake, the guests at the wedding are overcome with sadness… Tita has discovered she can do strange things with her cooking.

Starring: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos and Regina Torné

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all.

Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum

Food Inc. (2008)

An unflattering look inside America’s corporate-controlled food industry.

Starring: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser and Gary Hirshberg

Tampopo (1985)

Tampopo, a widowed noodle chef, is helped to become a first class chef by truck driver Goro and friends.

Starring: Ken Watanabe, Koji Yakusho, Tsutomu Tamazaki

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Starring: Sihung Lung, Yu-Wen Wang and Chien-lien Wu

Woman in Top (2000)

Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her.

Starring: Penélope Cruz, Murilo Benicio and Harold Perrineau

All summaries from IMDb

Do you have any favorite food movies? Write in!

-Rachel Adelsberger

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