Favorite Foodie Movies

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  1. Rita

    Definitely “Chocolat”…great story and Johnny Depp was so yummy in that movie…oh wait I mean the chocolate. ;o)

  2. srah

    Tampopo’s my favorite too.

    I also have a lot of favorite foodie books from growing up – like Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Laura’s husband Almanzo’s childhood memories all seemed to involve apples ‘n’ onions or twisty donuts or mealy potatoes fished out of a bonfire) or the Boxcar Children (they eat, like, a loaf of bread for dinner, but a loaf of bread has never sounded so delicious!).

  3. Alanna

    Big Night for sure … just be ready to cook an Italian feast. And while you are, it’s fun to dance around the kitchen to the soundtrack … promise!

  4. lydia

    My additions to the food flick list: Le Grande Bouffe — a tad bizarre, fabulous cast, absolutely worth a place on the list. Also Dinner Rush, with Danny Aiello — a wonderful food movie, especially for anyone who loves New York.

  5. lydia

    My additions to the food flick list: Le Grande Bouffe — a tad bizarre, fabulous cast, absolutely worth a place on the list. Also Dinner Rush, with Danny Aiello — a wonderful food movie, especially for anyone who loves New York.

  6. maki

    I don’t think these are available in the U.S. on DVD yet, but here are a couple –

    - Supermarket Woman (Suupaa no Onna), by the same director/lead actress combo as Tampopo of Juzo Itami and Nobuko Miyamoto. It’s about how an ‘ordinary housewife’ tries to turn around the fortunes of a failing supermarket. It’s not as profound as Tampopo but very entertaining anyway. And lots of food of course. The DVD is available in Japan.

    - A Touch of Spice (Politiki Kouzina) – beautiful movie from Greece. DVD available from (I think) Australia.

    - Who is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe? A fun movie from the ’70s starring Jacqueline Bisset. I wish they’d issue this on DVD.

    - Pie in the Sky – a British mystery series – the lead character is a police detective slash chef/owner of a restaurant. Richard Griffiths, who plays Harry Potter’s nasty uncle, is the star (and totally different in this). DVDs available in the UK.

    The following are available in the U.S.:

    - Chef! – another great British tv series starring comedian Lenny Henry as an egomaniacal chef. Absolutely hilarious.

    - Jamie’s Kitchen – a fly-on-the-wall documentary series about Jamie Oliver’s attempts to train some young kids to become chefs for his new restaurant…fascinating.

  7. Kate

    Chef! was a great series, made me just howl with laughter.

    Big Night…another great food movie. I love the scene where they are all sitting around the table and the camera is catching each person as they delectably take a bite of food. SO sensuous!

    Chocolat….my favorite food movie. The scene where the mayor gorges in the shop window is hilarious, and when she hands him the glass of bitters and the look on her face…..it’s priceless. And Johnny…..well, I need say little else about that.

  8. sg

    Elise, I agree with you about ‘French Chef’. My husband and I have been Netflixing the DVD’s, and we have never enjoyed anything so much! Julia Child really was quite the personality – she is so effortlessly funny and likeable. I’m sorry I wasn’t around during the original run – it would have definitely been my favorite show!

    P.S. Love your site!

  9. Brazos

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

    Agent Sands: (Johnny Depp) El, you really must try this because it’s puerco pibil. It’s a slow-roasted pork, nothing fancy. It just happens to be my favorite, and I order it with a tequila and lime in every dive I go to in this country. And honestly, that is the best it’s ever been anywhere. In fact, it’s too good. It’s so good that when I’m finished, I’ll pay my check, walk straight into the kitchen and shoot the cook. Because that’s what I do. I restore the balance to this country. And that is what I would like from you right now. Help keep the balance by pulling the trigger.

    On the DVD is a small 10 min feature from director Robert Rodriguez as he makes this in his kitchen. While cooking he holds a camera or lays it down to free up his hands. Good stuff!

  10. Jessica

    Elise, I’ve got to agree with you about Tampopo and Babettes Feast, as well as agreeing with Alanna on “Big Night.” All three are *classics*. Who doesn’t want to try making that big drum pasta they made in Big Night??

  11. MAV

    I love ‘foodie’ movies! All these are perfect. Just missing one… “Woman on Top”. Like “Like Water for Chocolate” it has a ‘mystical’ feel but with fun, contemporary overtones. Penelope Cruz is very sensual preparing & cooking food.

    You can check out more here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206420/

  12. Barb

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’m always looking for food-themed books and movies. My favorite is Babette’s Feast, though there are several listed here I haven’t seen yet. Of books, my favorite is Aphrodite by Isabel Allende.

  13. Donna

    How about “Fatso” with Dom Deluise? A black comedy about what happens when you really LOVE food a little too much.
    Love your site!

  14. Lori

    Bir Night is definitely one of my favorites. I also like What’s Cooking – a take on many several interrelated stories of various ethnic families and Thanksgiving.

  15. mandira

    I loved Eat Drink Man Woman. Second on my list is Chocolat. I am also looking forward to watching Ratatouille which is releasing sometime next year. And you cannot miss Bend it like Beckham. It is not a cooking movie but lot of cooking in there. And the bonus material has Gurinder Chaddha (director) cooking aloo gobi with her mom!

  16. Parker

    Oh, yes! Tortilla Soup is one of my personal favorites; could watch it over and over again for so many different reasons, including the food!

  17. April

    The beauty and tenderness of “Babette’s Feast” make it my favorite foodie movie, followed closely by “Eat Drink Man Woman”. The sense of humor was marvelous

  18. jgodsey

    You hit all my faves.
    Here’s some new ones I have discovered
    The God Of Cookery (1996) and
    The Chinese Feast (1995)

    Tampopo is the BEST movie about food.

  19. Cinara

    Great post, Elisa! I would add the movie Spanglish, that I saw last night for the first time on cable. Although I am not a big fan of Adam Sandler, he’s quite convincing as a good hearted chef. There could be more cooking on the movie, but the differences regarding american and latin women feelings towards food couldn’t be better explained!
    Best regards from Brazil!

  20. farmgirl

    “Mostly Martha!” I love every single thing about that movie. It is just wonderful. And the subtitles really do not detract from the film at all, in my opinion. “Tortilla Soup” is a good one, too. I’m looking forward to checking out other peoples’ picks that I haven’t seen.

    Great idea for a post, Elise. Thanks! But now I gotta go get something to eat. : )

  21. Tana

    Whoops, I see someone did post “Big Night,” but I just did a quick “find” on the page before reading. “Find” failed me.

    Have you ever seen Zuckerbaby? It’s a very sweet, with a tinge of sad, German film in which candy plays a prominent role. We loved it.

  22. Marti

    Hm.. the foodie movies that really stand out for me are “Big Night,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” “Delicatessen,” and, of course, the two Willy Wonka-inspired movies. These are all very visceral movies… you can’t watch them without imagining the smells and tastes and textures, even if they may be pretty icky to think about.

  23. Martha Kaye

    A French-Vietnamese film, “The Scent of Papaya (1994) is a personal favorite of mine. I’ve read descriptions such as: mesmerizing; pictorially poetic; and exquisitely detailed; as well as unhurried; and haunting.’ Every time I wrap a towel around my freshly shampooed head, I remember this movie because of the scene in which the lovely Vietnamese woman unhurriedly does the same. Somehow, I change gears when this happens. Perhaps that’s the haunting part.

    Others missing from the contributers’ lists are: “Soul Food” (1997,) “Fried Green Tomatoes”(1991,) “Vatel” (2000,) and “A Walk In The Clouds” (1995,)

  24. Vanessa Balchen

    I saw Tampopo at the theatre years ago. I think of it often and we are always telling our sons about it. It now sits in my Netflix queue waiting to become available on DVD. Mostly Martha is my other favorite…I laughed, I cryed, I was transformed. I wish there were more food movies, I love them.

  25. Rachel

    I saw Tampopo YEARS ago and still remember vividly the description of hunting pigs that have been feeding on sweet potatoes.

    In the scene with the bum, I have to ask… is that Ketchup?!?!?!

  26. Rebecca

    Babette’s Feast is my all-time favorite movie. Please, if you haven’t seen this Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, rent it today!

  27. Nick Yap

    Tampopo is also by far, my favourite food movie.

    I remember for weeks after watching that movie, I couldn’t stop myself from slurping down large bowls of Japanese Ramen! Delicious!

  28. Paisanaa

    Re the Timpano in “Big Night”: it’s Stanley Tucci’s family recipe, & is in his cookbook “Cucina Famiglia”. I haven’t tried it, but it looks wonderful (and very time-consuming). Has anyone seen “301/302″? It’s a Korean food movie that gets a bit….ummm…disturbing. But definitely worth watching.