What are your favorite foodie films?
My favorite by far and away is Tampopo, a Japanese film about a young mother trying to run a noodle shop, and several loosely tied-in hilarious vignettes, all having to do with food in some way or another. It’s sort of a take-off on a spaghetti Western as two cowboy-ish truck drivers try to help this woman save her little noodle shop, and in so doing, inspire us all to greatness.
Mostly Martha, in German with English subtitles, is about a talented but temperamental chef who suddenly finds herself in charge of her 8 year old niece who won’t eat and who must now share her kitchen with a flamboyant Italian chef. Great food scenes and inside looks of the personalities behind professional kitchens, and a terrific story.
Other favorites include Eat Drink Man Woman, Babette’s Feast, Like Water for Chocolate, and the French Chef series. (Yes, I know the French Chef isn’t a movie, but Julia is highly entertaining, better than anything on the Food Network.) To help find gifts for foodie friends, I’ve assembled several pages of recommended foodie films and TV shows on my Amazon store. What are your favorites? Am I missing any good ones?
Tampopo clip on YouTube in which an epicurean bum sneaks into a kitchen with a young boy to make him a rice omelette.