Prepare your favorite gastronomic pleasures and relax with films that highlight the joys of food preparation and consumption.
1. Julie & Julia (2009)
Meryl Streep portrays Julia Child, the famed chef and cookbook author, in this sweet tribute to the art of cooking. He also impresses as her loyal husband, Stanley Tucci. Julie Powell (Amy Adams), a food blogger who wants to cook all 524 dishes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days, is the center of the other half of the film, which follows Child’s exploits.
2. Ratatouille (2007)
Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is a determined little rodent who sets out on a journey to become a chef in Disney’s homage to French cuisine. Alfredo Linguini, a bumbling garbage man at a once-famous restaurant whose ex-executive chef Remy idolizes, eventually becomes a buddy of Remy’s. It’s time to chow down!
3. No Reservations (2007)
When Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is obliged to care for her niece (Abigail Breslin) following a family accident, she loses her competitive edge. Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart), a fellow chef, joins the team as a kitchen assistant, but his talents soon threaten to overtake the primary role.
4. Chocolat (2000)
La Chocolaterie Maya, run by Juliette Binoche, is a magical place where the ingredients are actually sprinkled with magic. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp plays the handsome Roma who comes to sweep Binoche’s character to her feet. As the camera moves around a plethora of tempting treats, your mouth will water. Keep a box of bonbons nearby while you’re watching.
5. The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)
Fusion cookery is used to convey a good message about multiculturalism in this light-hearted comedy-drama. A little French hamlet becomes a safe haven for an Indian family fleeing violence in their own country. Instead of starting fresh, they buy a restaurant next door and find themselves in competition with it. There is a romance developing between the two chefs, played by Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal.
6. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
As the story of Tita unfolds in this enchanting Mexican tale, the young woman’s food has the power to influence anyone who eats it. Adding some rose petals to the mix causes a spike in passions! In spite of class disparities, Tita’s banned her great love, but the magical recipes keep the two of them together.
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7. Big Night (1996)
Tucci and Shalhoub excel as a pair of squabbling brothers attempting to save their business from bankruptcy. When a well-known singer is scheduled to appear, the two do everything they can to ensure that the event goes off without a hitch. When it comes to Italian cuisine, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
8. Soul Food (1997)
An African-American family struggling with the illness of their matriarch is depicted in this famous film, which takes place around their packed and boisterous dinner table. Comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, potato salad, and biscuits fill the dining room table to overflowing. A trio of sisters who know that cooking from the heart is the only way to get the best results appear in this film!
9. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The factory scenes in this Gene Wilder classic, such as the sequence showing how Everlasting Gobstoppers are manufactured or how a person may be transformed into a blueberry, are the best sections of the film. You’ll be craving sweets in no time with these chocolate rivers, golden eggs, and edible tea cups!
10. Burnt (2015)
The film stars Bradley Cooper as a chef who is determined to win the coveted Michelin star for his restaurant, and Sienna Miller as his love interest. After a stint in treatment, Cooper has returned to his job as a chef. As a high-risk, high-reward art form, cooking has the capacity to provide redemption, with a little romance thrown in. Foodies will fall in love with these plated marvels.