What to do in the long summer holidays on days when the sun refuses to shine? Watch a great movie, of course!
There’s a long and illustrious history of feature films that have food and cooking at the heart of the storyline, with some being more serious than others. The good thing is that you don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy them. Here’s a round-up of our favourite top 3 films:
In this beguiling film full of beautiful cinematography, Juliette Binoche stars as a 1960s single mother (Vianne) who moves to a tiny French village with her daughter and opens a chocolaterie, to the profound moral condemnation of the local church. Enter Johnny Depp (Roux) as a riverboat-dwelling gypsy and the scene is set for a tale of love and community, faith and conformity – oh and oodles of delicious chocolate!
NB: Note the beautiful marble worktop in Vianne’s kitchen. Did you know that marble has a naturally cool temperature that’s perfect for tempering chocolate?
Pixar’s animated children’s movie centres around Remy, a rat who not only loves fine food but wants to become a gourmet chef. When he finds himself in the kitchen of Paris’ premier restaurant, he teams up with the clumsy Linguini and attempts to make his dreams come true – with hilarious consequences.
Julie and Julia (2009)
Meryl Streep shines as the famous chef Julia Child who inspires a young cook (Amy Adams) to recreate every dish in Child’s bestselling classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It’s a charming story of following your dream which joyously enlightens us all to the ‘secret’ of French cooking: ‘You can NEVER have enough butter!’