Food52 Staff

Too Many Cooks: What's your Favorite Food Movie?

July 13, 2012

You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

We've talked about favorite gadgets and guilty pleasures, now on to something a little more visual: this week's question is, what's your favorite food movie?

These video clips should do a thorough job of sending you off into the weekend. Post your favorite food movies (and TV shows, why not) in the comments!

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
: Also, "A bon...a bont...a bundt?"

Big Night
Peter S.: "After seeing it, my good friend Sim decided that a timpano must be tried. He made a delicious one and now makes it an annual event."
Jennifer V.: "I got engaged the night I saw it -- that's what I call the perfect date night!"

: It isn't exactly a food movie but I loved when Meryl Streep said "rice pudding is a very personal thing" -- my feelings exactly. And when she slams the key lime pie in his face!

The Parent Trap II
Kristen: In one scene around 1:04:15, the girls make cookies and dump in bags of M&Ms, chocolate chips, jelly beans, marshmallows, etc. I very sincerely wanted to be them. This might explain some things (like the Sprite & cookies 'n cream floats).

It Takes Two
Brette: My favorite food scene ever -- EVER -- is the food fight scene in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie It Takes Two.

Nozlee: It's kind of sad, and kind of cheesy, but mostly adorable. Also, pie!

Stephanie: There is an episode of King of the Hill where Hank joins the food co-op that I just love. On eating the tomatoes from the co-op versus those from the Mega-lo-mart, Peggy says, "If this is food, what have we been eating?" Also, "The puns about food get a little tiring -- peanut better, fakin' bacon, turkey burger." It's just the very best.

Babette's Feast
: That scene where they all sit down to dinner (finally) seems pulled directly out of my dinner party dreams.


No Reservations

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David C. November 7, 2016
The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover. The kitchen scenes are fantastic. Old school cooking.
Dorisq August 1, 2014
Anyone who likes "No Reservations" needs to watch "Mostly Martha" the original is far better than the remake. Also the first two film clips are not available.
susan G. July 18, 2012
In addition to the scenes in Eat Drink Man Woman and Tom Jones already mentioned:
Two Korean TV series (from Netflicks), The Grand Chef and Alone in Love -- foods is like another character in many of the scenes.
smslaw July 18, 2012
Eating Raoul. Gotta love those sexy cannibals.
Brain H. July 16, 2012
I love the scene in The Godfather in which Clemenza teaches Michael how to make marinara sauce; "You never know when you'll have to cook for 20 guys".
fatbabylarry July 15, 2012
I am Love
Simply Irresistible
I Love You to Death
creamtea July 15, 2012
Babette's Feast.
Like Water for Chocolate.
The Trip--the restaurant scenes are so sly!
deanna1001 July 15, 2012
Big Night...that final scene is killer. Babette's Feast and Ratatouille are close seconds. Also loved Mostly Martha and Chocolat...but Big Night still reigns supreme.
alme July 15, 2012
So many! To start with
Tampopo--Japanese film about a woman who aspires to make the best noodles in Tokyo.
Tom Jones--you'll never look at asparagus the same way again
It's Complicated

Summer O. July 15, 2012
When I think of food in a movie Pulp Fiction always comes to mind.
eeuforiee July 15, 2012
I like film Soul Kitchen.
Panfusine July 15, 2012
You've covered my favorites, chocolat & my big fat greek wedding.. others I'd add .. Mistress of spices, & a bollywood movie - 'Cheeni Kum'... The description of 'Hyderabadi Zafrani Biryani' can drive you nuts!
Omeletta July 14, 2012
The opening scene in Eat, Drink, Man, Woman is my FAVORITE- I can watch it over and over. And Moonstruck! Everything in that movie eventually comes back to food, and the dinner table. Love it.
thirschfeld July 14, 2012
why doesn't Moonstruck ever come up?
Lizthechef July 14, 2012
Big Night - one of my first dates with my husband, some 16 years ago - we were so in love and raced off to an Italian restaurant after the movie ended. Ahh...
wutsfasupa July 14, 2012
Babette's Feast
Mostly Martha
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
bluechefk July 14, 2012
"Dinner Rush" is my favorite - the scenes in the kitchen (also scenes of chef shmoozing the FOH patrons) are THE most like working in an actual restaurant kitchen of any I've ever seen! The same reason I love the British TV series "Whites" - VERY true to life :D
Tracy A. July 14, 2012
"Chocolat" - Johnny Depp - I mean seriously - how could it be anything but!?
pqmommy July 14, 2012
Babette's Feast and Tampopo!
Miafoodie July 14, 2012
One ofr my favorites, Like Water for Chocolate. . . .