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Food and Movies: What to Eat, What to Watch

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Julie & Julia is the obvious food and movie pairing, but it's not alone

Julie & Julia is the obvious food and movie pairing, but it's not alone

Food and movies make a beautiful pairing. That’s why TV trays were invented, right? While I wouldn’t recommend eating in front of the tube every night, I do suggest making it special when you do.

A list of movies about food or including food is obvious and has been done. Even the University of California, Berkeley has a list in their Media Resources Center of Food and Eating in the Movies. It’s a big, long alphabetized list. Chow has a list of best food scenes in a movie in Film Feast. Monsieur Anton has a list of the 10 Best Food Movies on the blog At The Pass. An LA Weekly blog also has a list, Top 10 Food Movies: Eat, Drink, Watch.

Let’s do something a little different. Let’s assume you know how to cook. I don’t mean gourmet cooking – that would be a bonus, but not necessary. Let’s also assume you like to watch movies. Let’s look at some movies that would pair nicely with distinct styles of cooking.

French

  • Julie & Julia
  • Ratatouille
  • Babette’s Feast

Italian

  • The Godfather
  • Big Night
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Moonstruck

Chinese

  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • The Chinese Feast
  • The God of Cookery
  • Rice Rhapsody

Japanese

  • Tampopo
  • The Ramen Girl
  • Supermarket Woman
  • Seagull Diner

Mexican

  • Tortilla Soup
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • A Walk in the Clouds

Greek

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Mamma Mia!

All-American

  • Diner
  • American Graffiti
  • Mystic Pizza
  • Pulp Fiction

Dessert

  • Chocolat
  • Waitress

Finally, let’s remember that take-out is a viable option if you want to skip the cooking and get straight to the movies.

Born in Seattle and raised on an island in Puget Sound, I'm the author of the third edition of the book, 'Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Seattle.' I work as a freelance writer, majored in history in college, and formerly worked as an accountant until I discovered that sleeping on a bed of nails would be preferable to continuing in that field. I have published in magazines, newspapers and websites for over ten years on topics as varied as the arts, culture, entertainment, parenting, the environment, history, education and business. I live in Seattle with my two teens and a turtle. I also live for happy hour.