Movies are food for the soul. Some movies however, can literally tingle your taste-buds.
And if you are a foodie, or an aspiring chef or anyone who is obsessed with the idea of food, you are entitled to watch these 12 amazing movies.
An American comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. The movie centers on a professional chef who after a public dispute with a food critic, quits his job and returns home to Miami. He fixes up a food truck and reconnects with his family while selling Cubanos in various cities.
The Trip (2010)
when Steve Coogan is assigned by a newspaper to write about dining in the North of England, he begs his girlfriend to accompany him. After being rejected by her, he recruits his old friend Brydon to drive along, promising to share 45% of the fee. The film, quite obviously, centers around food being prepared and served; Scallops and Black Pudding are featured, along with lovely landscapes, that only adds to the beauty.
Today’s Special (2009)
Loosely adapted from a play, Today’s Special is about Samir, a sous-chef who quits his job at an upscale restaurant in New York, and is forced to run his family’s Indian restaurant in Queens. One day he bumps into a gourmet chef and a taxi driver (Naseeruddin Shah), who changes his life by teaching Samir the art of cooking Indian dishes, and the magic of masalas.
Tortilla Soup (2001)
A Mexican-American Chef Martin Naranjo, lives with his three adult daughters in Los Angeles. He cooks elaborate, multi-course meals for his family and friends, irrespective of having lost the sense of smell and taste, after his wife’s death. A heart-warming movie that revolves around food, family and love. This movie will lead you scurrying for a hearty meal, after.
A film based on the novel with the same name by Joanne Harris, is a romantic comedy-drama movie. Chocolat tells you a story about a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives in a fictional French village with her six-year-old daughter and opens a small chocolaterie.
Haute Cuisine (2013)
A French comedy-drama film based on a true story about Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for the President of the republic, Francois Mitterrand. Having been appointed to prepare and create all his meals, Danièle become the eye of envy and falls into a number of traps but somehow manages to rise much stronger.
Julie and Julia (2009)
Starring Meryl Streep, playing the part of a Chef named Julia child, and her early years of her culinary career. The film contrasts the life of this Chef with a young New Yorker, Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all the 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days, and write a blog about it. Julie, eventually get’s her work published in The New York Times, gaining a lot of attention and a dismissive call from the Chef herself.
Woman On Top (2000)
A fantasy romantic comedy film starring Penelope Cruz had been screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Isabella, played by Penelope Cruz, has suffered from motion sickness all her life, which restricts her from living a regular life. As a result she stays at home and learns to cook, growing up to be a renowned chef. The movie tells a story about this young girl and her journey to San Francisco, where she discovers stardom.
An American comedy-drama film about two men (Jack and Miles) in their forties, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara County wine country to celebrate Jack’s upcoming wedding. Jack in the meantime, falls in love with a local wine pourer until one day she learns the truth about his marriage.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Based on a popular novel published in the year 1989, the movie won 11 Ariel awards making it the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the US. The story is about a woman named Tita, who has a gift of cooking food infused with emotions that stirs a pleasant reaction by the consumer. She as per the De La Garza family tradition is forbidden to marry but eventually falls in love with a young stallion, Pedro.
An American 2007 comedy-drama movie that tells a story about Jenna, a waitress living in South America. Trapped in an unhappy wedding, Jenna tries to run away from her dismal marriage by slowly accumulating enough money, by making inventive pies with unusual titles, inspired from her life. When she hears the news about a pie contest held nearby, offering $25,000 as prize money, she pins her hope on winning it.
Mostly Martha (2001)
A workaholic chef is forced to adapt to major life changes in her personal and professional spheres beyond her control. A 2001 German film, that center’s around Martha (Martina Gedeck), whose life alters after a sudden death of her sister who leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter, Lina, to her care. An American adaptation of the original script under the name “No reservation” has also been released in year 2007.
Add on to the list, if you have any movie that you would like to suggest to a fellow foodie.