As many of you know, this past weekend (12/13) I turned 24. Christian and I took a trip to Charleston to celebrate my birthday, and experience a city together that neither of us had been to. We had been counting down the days until our trip for weeks, the excitement building up each day. When we finally arrived, we used every moment of daylight to explore; we fell in love with Charleston the instant we stepped foot onto the cobblestone streets. With all of this excitement pumping through our veins, you would have thought that we were out and about until the wee hours… Negatory.
We found ourselves heading back from dinner each night before 9pm. When did mid-twenties become the new senior citizen? I’m not sure, but I would sure as hell rather curl up and watch a good movie than drink cocktails and bar hop until 2AM. I’ve always been sort of a homebody. That’s not to say I didn’t have my phase in college where a vodka red bull sounded appealing, but my true self prefers the bed sheets and a good movie over a night of cocktails with heels I can’t walk in.
As a girl whose every thought revolves around food, of course any movie related to eating immediately lands on my list of top picks. If you’re like me and would rather flip on your Apple TV or get a Redbox DVD to call it a night, here’s a list of my top five favorite foodie movies to get you started.
1. Tortilla Soup
An oldie but a goodie, this 2001 flick tells the story of Martin, a Mexican-American retired chef and father who is progressively losing his sense of taste. Despite his three daughters being grown women, the four of them live together under one roof in Los Angeles. Although Martin’s sense of taste has left him, he continues to cook lavish meals for his family, and executes them as a traditional, family ritual. Drama ensues as his single, adult daughters lives begin to change, affecting each family member in a different way.
I love this movie because the ritualistic family meals remind me of my family: every single night growing up, no matter everyones differing schedules, we sat down and ate dinner together. Why will you love it? The food. The irony of a chef losing his sense of taste seems completely devastating, but you will notice that Martin still has a sense of life in him, and he continues to enjoy producing mouthwatering meals and watching his family enjoy them: the test of a true chef.
Okay, I know this is a children’s movie, but if you’re a 90’s kid who doesn’t still watch Pixar movies, then I’m not sure we can be friends. Ratatouille is the story of an unlikely partnership between a cooking rat and a low-in-the-ranks kitchen employee. Remy, the rat, has incredible dreams of becoming a gourmet French chef, despite the issue of being a rat, which is the most obvious, but his family’s lack of support creates tension, as well. Remy ends up in Parisian sewers (which sound fancier than regular sewers) and finds him self located beneath a famous French restaurant run by a popular Parisian chef, Auguste Gusteau. In spite of Remy being a tiny rat, he transforms the French culinary scene, all while getting into all sorts of trouble.
This movie showcases the intensity of the French restaurant industry and the influence [good] cooking has on the city of Paris. It’s just a heartwarming, family movie that you can watch with kids but you’ll be sure to love, too.
One of my all-time favorite movies. Chef is the account of an executive restaurant chef who loses his job after a fight over creativity between him and his boss, the owner of his restaurant. After he loses his job, (and gets into a fight with a coveted food writer for Eater, which ends up all over social media), Chef Carl Casper starts his own food truck serving [finally] his own creative concoctions. The movie conveys a food truck road trip from Miami back to Los Angeles, including stops in foodie havens such as Miami (where it began), New Orleans, and Austin.
Again, you’ll love this movie for the food. Also, it’s a family movie with a plain ole good, heartwarming story. No f-bombs or borderline porno scenes. It will make you smile and your stomach will be growling. Instead of a photo, I had to share its’ trailer. It’s okay to drool.
4. Eat Pray Love
Known as a major chick flick, I pretty much watch the entire Eat Pray Love movie just for the trip to Italy. Liz Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts, seemed to have everything a woman could want. But after she divorced her husband, her life and mindset did a 180. She was lost and in search of what she truly wanted to get out of the one life we all have. She decided to travel the world for a year, which represents the title of the movie: she eats in Italy, prays in India, and finds love and peace in Bali. I love this movie for many reasons, one being specifically this scene…
5. Julie & Julia
This movie is particularly for not just foodies, but food bloggers. Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell, a food blogger who in 2002 gave herself the challenge of cooking one Julia Child recipe everyday for a year. To keep a journal of her experience, she started a food blog, which became more and more popular as the year went on. As a food blogger in the year 2015, it is so interesting to see Julie’s blogging process from 13 years ago. Her incessant blogging and cooking lands her in hot water with her relationship with her man, with her job, and surprisingly, with Julia Child herself. The movie also highlights the life of Julia Child, a true inspiration for chefs and home cooks everywhere. Here’s a must-see clip (if you’re a food blogger, I can bet you’ve had a meltdown like this one):
While these are my favorite foodie movies (and I have yet to see Burnt which is in theaters now!), I would love some recommendations from you all!
What movie recommendations to you have for a big-time food enthusiast?