One word – Food porn. Culinary science has always been held in high regard, yet, to appease one’s taste buds hasn’t been easy. What’s more difficult is to make successful movies on the art of cooking. While some of the movies on cooking have stressed upon a particular dish or a cuisine, some have touched base upon the person who is basically rags to riches due to his culinary skills or people skills or both.
On this list, we have brought to you some movies which have been made around such mouth-watering cuisines or such charismatic, adept chefs, who, with their knack of taste and their uniqueness won us all over. The presentment and the ensuing fulfillment were definitely an added bonus. Gastro-Cinema, as such movies are popularly known, also often feature some intensifying dramatic moments, along with the pathbreaking performances accompanied with the fact that the actors had to learn so much of culinary art before presenting them platters on the screen. Which brings us the question – why are movies surrounding cooking put so much weight on the French or Italian cuisines? Food for thought.
So, here goes the list of top cooking movies ever, with a topping of spoilers of course, for there’s no dish that can be deemed “worthy” without the necessary tinge nor there could be a movie listicle without the necessary minimal spoilers. And P.S. I know ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)’ is a great movie on cooking, but I’ve ruled it out of this list, for it is a documentary. Regardless, feel free to enjoy it! You can watch some of these best cooking movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
15. Babette’s Feast (1987)
A Danish film and perhaps one of the pioneers in commercial cinema to start on the cooking spree, ‘Babette’s Feast’ features Babette, a refugee from the Paris Commune of the 1870’s, who seeks housekeeping work at a humble household in a Danish village. The sisters who occupy the house, are initially hesitant to pay her, but when Babette offers to work for free, they accept her as their cook. Over the next decade or so, Babette serves as their cook, serving European cuisine with alacrity. Things take a sharp turn when Babette wins a 10,000 Franc lottery and decides to spend the money on a lavish feast for the sisters and their congregation. Babette’s selfless journey and soulful food form the crux of the film.
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