My family has been obsessed with food since forever. We’re Italian and that’s just the way it is. We have clung to several delectable traditions of our Italian forebears, but have also branched out into all types of food preparation. The things that I value most from my Italian heritage is our appreciation of food, innate hospitality and dedication to family.
We also love movies. That I have no real genetic reason for, but it’s there. We all seem to love a good flick.
So to feed our predilections, we have started a family collection of food movies. Here are the top 10 in no real order.
- The Big Night (Ok, so this is probably my favorite one, but the others aren’t in order.)
- Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
- Tortilla Soup (Same plot as Eat Drink, but a different culture)
- Julie and Julia (our most recent entrant)
- Babette’s Feast
- Ratatouille (great for the next generation)
- Mostly Martha (No Reservations is the American version that I have not seen yet.)
- Woman on Top
- Like Water for Chocolate
Fried Green Tomatoes can also be a good honorable mention.
The French film, Delicatessen, might turn your stomach, but has great sardonic humor. Maybe with a side of Sweeney Todd.
I have not seen it, but I have heard that Tampopo is good.