Movies based on food

In the new film “Eat Pray Love,” Julia Roberts gives herself permission to “just say yes.”Waking up to a life obsessing over calories, wheat allergies and her specialty, nonstop guilt about food and every other living thing, Roberts plays author Elizabeth Gilbert, who embarks upon an odyssey of self-discovery, embracing epicurean pleasure as the first step toward shaking up her soul.Of course, In letting do the  gustatory pleasure is seductive, and life began imitating art when the cast and crew traveled to Naples’ L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele to eat what’s billed as the best pizza in the world. Roberts, known for her slender figure and healthful eating habits, took a small fall from grace as she willingly ate a whole slice of pizza — eight times — instead of the designated bite. And this from a woman who was happiest when food stylist Susan Spungen gave her asparagus or melon to munch on during the eight takes required to nail one shot.

http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/food-plays-a-major-role-in-eat-pray-love-movie/article_9585c45a-a4c2-11df-befc-001cc4c002e0.html

Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Remember when Magical Realism was big — when the tears of a cook could mingle with her sauce to create an emotional response in those who she fed? That’s the world of Like Water for Chocolate: passion, sorrow, regret and denial — all amplified by food. On second thought, that’s not so magical after all…if you’re eating at the right places. The movie reminds us that sometimes a meal is good enough to make us cry.

 Ratatouille (2007)
If we’re going to include a sappy, feel-good, Hollywood story in our mix, it might as well have a talking, cooking rat voiced by Patton Oswalt. Ratatouille takes the cliches of the kitchen — the culinary savant who can taste his way to cooking the perfect dish, the pompous critic who announces his arrival, the overwrought executive chef — and makes the whole thing almost unbearably cute. It’s like a sweet dessert that you can’t stop eating.

WIlly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Skip the saccharine Johnny Depp version of the Roald Dahl children’s classic and fire up the truly weird and creepy original, which dwells on greed, gluttony and straight-up goofiness. We dare you not to be scared when Gene Wilder goes wide-eyed and wacky as he pilots his tour boat through a tunnel surging with molten chocolate  — or to not get a little misty when he sings “Pure Imagination.”

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
This Taiwanese movie about a chef and his three daughters uses cooking as choreography, dancing through scenes in the home kitchen and the big-time restaurant. Sunday meals are the focus, where family tensions give way to sensuous pleasure.  This is only the third film from director Ang Lee, released more than ten years before Brokeback Mountain was nominated for an Academy Award, although his expertise was recognized even at this point as Eat Drink Man Woman was nominated for the Academy’s Best Foreign Language Film. Watch this one on a weekend morning and then head out for a dim sum brunch.

http://www.westword.com/restaurants/the-ten-best-food-movies-ever-to-whet-your-appetite-for-burnt-7290421

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
This Taiwanese movie about a chef and his three daughters uses cooking as choreography, dancing through scenes in the home kitchen and the big-time restaurant. Sunday meals are the focus, where family tensions give way to sensuous pleasure.  This is only the third film from director Ang Lee, released more than ten years before Brokeback Mountain was nominated for an Academy Award, although his expertise was recognized even at this point as Eat Drink Man Woman was nominated for the Academy’s Best Foreign Language Film. Watch this one on a weekend morning and then head out for a dim sum brunch.

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