By Caitlyn Trudnich
Sure, Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family, reflecting upon what you are truly grateful for.
However, let’s face it, Thanksgiving is also all about the FOOD!
While you’re grubbing out on turkey, stuffing, and lots of pumpkin pie, get into the spirit with some favorite foodie films!
Julie & Julia
Who better to emulate than renowned chef Julia Child? Based on a true story, this 2009 film centers around Julie (Amy Adams), a writer who challenges herself to recreate all 524 of Child’s recipes in one year. From beef bourguignon to roast chicken to chocolate cream pie, this film includes many of Child’s French classic cooking that will make you want to give it a try!
It’s safe to say that Jon Favreau is kind of awesome. After directing some of the biggest blockbusters, including Iron Man and Iron Man 2, he starred, wrote, produced, and directed the film, Chef. Receiving rave reviews and critical acclaim, the film follows a chef who leaves his job at a structured restaurant to go on the road with his sous chef and young son. This film will leave you not only with a smile, but with an appetite!
Eat, Pray, Love
Based on the memoir of the same name, Julia Roberts portrays writer Elizabeth Gilbert, who journeys to Italy, India, and Bali to find herself and explore the world. While in Italy, she enjoys the simple pleasures of delicious, Italian cuisine. From gelato, to prosciutto and melon to, you guessed it – pasta!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
You gotta save room for dessert! For sweets fans, this film looks like a dream! Watch Charlie, Grandpa Joe, and the rest of the golden-ticket winners tour the mysterious and wacky factory, including the totally awesome Chocolate Room – where everything you see it edible! But careful near that chocolate river, or you’ll end up like Augustus!
This charming movie features Keri Russell as a married and pregnant waitress, who is unhappy with her daily life. She finds comfort in making various types of pies for every mood, as well as her handsome doctor, played by Nathan Fillion. Her interestingly named pies include: “I Hate My Husband Pie, “Marshmallow Mermaid Pie,” and “I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s Wrong And I Don’t Want Earl To Kill Me Pie.”
Oh there you are Peter! Who can forget the classic scene in this favorite Robin Williams film when Peter Pan attends “dinner” with the Lost Boys. Once he uses his imagination, Peter sees a giant feast every kid was jealous of! From huge turkey legs, to pies, to whatever that colored whip cream was – it was a fantasy fit for a place like Neverland!
This film has Adam Sandler portraying a critically acclaimed chef. Though a majority of the film does not center on his profession, rather his family and their exotic housekeeper/nanny Flor, one scene in particular is important to note. Sandler’s character, John, is at home creating a late-night snack for himself to enjoy. It is called “The World’s Greatest Sandwich.” The above video shows a behind the scenes look at how the meal’s concept was created.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This 2011 documentary follows the world’s most renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono, who owns a small but famous sushi restaurant, with his sons working as his apprentices. The film contains gorgeous shots of the simple, yet satisfying art of sushi-making, and Jiro continues to perfect his craft.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Based on the novel of the same name, this recently released film portrays two separate cultures, as they fuse together under a shared passion for cooking. Helen Mirren plays an acclaimed French chef and restaurant owner, who learns to loosen up a bit with the help of the Indian family-owned restaurant across the way. The film displays both the fun and the fine techniques of cooking.