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Cast Your Vote for Top Foodie Movie!

In honor of the newly released Julie and Julia movie I’m sure, Blockbuster has a list of suggested foodie movies available. I thought it would be fun for us to offer our vote on a favorite movie, 0r offer a critic’s review on any we liked/disliked.

Some of the ones on the list below were no big surprise (ie No Reservations, Ratatouille, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). Others a mystery as I don’t recognize the movie names (Mystery of Spices, The Scent of Green Papaya). And others just a little sicko (Soylent Green)!  Bon Appetit!

My Dinner with Andre, What’s Up Tiger Lily?, Heartburn, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber…., No Reservations, Waitress, Ratatouille, Mistress of Spices, Kitchen Confidential (TV Series), Delicatessen, Last Holiday, Moonstruct, Lady and the Tramp, Elizabethtown, Christmas in Connecticut, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Sideways, Spanglish, 301/302, Bridget Jones Diary, Good Fellas, The Wedding Banquet, Eating Raoul, Piece of April, Woman on Top, Elizabethtown, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Scent of Green Paypaya, Simply Irresistable, Dinner Rush, Mostly Martha, Home for the Holidays, The Last Supper, Tampopo, Soylent Green.


  1. Oh, come on, Like Water for Chocolate HAS to be included. It’s one of my favorite foodie movies and exemplifies the idea of cooking with love.

    Tortilla Soup is a newer fave (a Latin version of Eat Drink Man Woman, basically).

    The Big Night inspired me to make that massive Timpano in school (so. much. food.).

    But one food movie I would caution others about is The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. One of my chefs recommended the movie and described it as very British. Which I took to mean farcical. Um, no. It’s bizarre and, at times, truly disturbing (especially the end!) so only watch if a) you can even find a copy and b) you have a strong mental constitution.

    Much better to watch Whose Killing the Great Chefs of Europe if you’re in the mood for funny.

  2. I agree that Tortilla Soup is really a good food movie. Too Hot Tamales from L.A. supervised the food scenes.

    Eat Drink Man Woman is really hot food and sex wise and both are consuming passions so they say.

    I liked Mississippi Masala which showed much Indian food.

    Does the list mention Babette’s Feast?

    Absolutely a nod to Like Water for Chocolate and sexy Chocolat with Johnny Depp.

    Jennifer, you’re right that movie was disburbing as a matter of fact it was so disturbing that I walked out of the movie and vomited on the sidewalk.

    One of my favorite food movies is the Big Chill because they were always in the kitchen preparing wonderful meals, then they would eat and talk, talk, talk…another consuming passion.

  3. Yes, Babette’s Feast must be included but my all time favourite food movie is Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) the one that No Reservations is based on. I just want to curl up and live in this film.

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