On the off chance that you’re reading this without much of an appetite, get ready: these films will get you hungry. They’re not all necessarily about food, but they do celebrate different types of food on the big screen- and that’s what makes them my favorites:
Starring the luminous Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp as a gypsy (which is delicious all by itself), this gorgeous film was one of the very first DVDs I bought. Every time I watch it, I have to have some chocolate after. A square or two of good bittersweet will do, or a cup of thick hot chocolate sprinkled with chili powder… mmm.
If you plan to watch Tampopo, a delightfully funny Japanese film, please, please make sure you have some ramen in the house. Or a Japanese restaurant to go to soon after. Ken Watanabe (yes, of The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha) is just awesome as the “Japanese John Wayne”.
A beautiful film, Moonstruck is decidedly not about food- but it makes you hungry nonetheless. One of my husband’s favorite breakfast, egg-in-toast, is thanks to the scene in this film where Olympia Dukakis prepares it for her family. One of my favorite moments is when Cher is cooking Nicholas Cage a steak, and he says, “I like it well-done”, but she serves it to him bloody because “he’s a wolf”. Hah. And, really, who hasn’t tried slipping some sugar cubes in a glass of champagne?