Food! Such a happy topic. And something we should all have opinions about, you hardly need to be an expert to know what you like and don’t like.
This is one of those lists where I know I am going to forget something important and suddenly remember it an hour later. Oh well, just assume it is incomplete.
A movie about food as a simple sustaining force in the world, versus food as Art. Our hero thinks of cooking and food as something that requires training, skill, judgement. But he learns to understand that even the simplest dish has power if it is made with love.
In this one, our hero is too obsessed with food. He cuts out most humans from his world, preferring to focus on the simple pleasure of food. He values his cook over anyone else in his life. It’s not terrible, but he does need a bit of a wake up call before he can fall in love.
Something about Malayalam movies! They just make you hungry. Maybe it’s because I am non-veg and they are one guaranteed industry to have non-veg (or at least, eggs) as an option. Or maybe it is because it is such a tight knit audience, they can assume everyone will understand their specific food references. Anyway, this film! So many delicious little food touches, from putting chili powder on green mangoes right at the beginning, to ordering the food for a wedding at the end.
Ahhhh, Daawat-E-Ishq! My non-veg Hindi delight! In which our hero woos our heroine with greasy kabobs and we all find our mouths watering.
Food is used very carefully here. Our heroine is a professional cook, makes and sells sweets at home. And food is also her identity and comfort, drinking a cup of morning coffee is her special treat, struggling to order food in a new country is her first biggest barrier, and of course she bonds with her love interest by talking about food since he is a chef. It’s a bridge and a wall at the same time.
Very small food thing here, but done so well I have to include it! Our tiny little girl heroine loves chicken and is stuck in a vegetarian household, leading her to run away and seek out the food she wants. This could mean that she is thrown out of her household and sent to the “meat eaters”, but instead our loving hero finds a way to get her what she wants and not feel bad about it, even makes it into a joyful experience.
So, there’s a list if you want food movies to watch! And please, add on all the ones I have forgotten or may have missed!