10 Entertaining Movies All Foodies Will Adore
Food, glorious food. In a world in which planning two meals ahead is merely a way of life, scouring the country in search of the best doughnuts is a #lifegoal and Ina Garten is queen, the best way to fulfill our foodie wanderlust is by indulging in an epicurean flick. Here, ten tasty food-centric films to devour.
Bradley Cooper plays a bad-boy, star chef who falls from fame and moves from Paris to London to redeem his career. His quest for a third Michelin star is not without distress, scandal and romance (with his sous chef, played by Sienna Miller, no less). Plus, we’d let Bradley Cooper cook us dinner any night of the week.
After a scathing food blog review, chef Carl Casper (played by Jon Favreau) leaves his job running the kitchen at an acclaimed L.A. restaurant. Together with his son, his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and Vergara’s other ex-husband (Robert Downey Jr.), the quartet opens a food truck and drives from Miami to L.A. The drool-worthy Cuban sandwiches combined with an awesome soul-meets-reggae soundtrack make for a thoroughly entertaining two hours.
“Julie & Julia”
In this adorable movie, written and directed by Nora Ephron, Amy Adams plays Julie Powell, a blogger on a mission to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s landmark cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Warning: After watching this film, you may no longer be able to differentiate Meryl Streep and Julia Child.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey”
When the Kadam family flees from India to the French Pyrenees to open a traditional Indian eatery, they settle across the street from an upscale French restaurant owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). A war begins between the two establishments, until Mirren discovers that the eldest son, Hassan, is an incredibly talented chef. She hires Hassan to work in her kitchen, and he becomes a star chef that gains the attention of restaurant critics. The delicious East-meets-West cuisine perfectly complements the sweet and gripping plot.
If wine is the window to your soul, then this film is for you. Bottle Shock, starring Alan Rickman and Chris Pine, is a dramedy based on the infamous 1976 wine tasting competition the “Judgment of Paris.” For the first time in history, a California wine defeated a French Chardonnay in a blind taste test and officially put Napa Valley on the map. Wine lovers, rejoice!
Ever doubt the magical, life-changing powers of chocolate? Tune into this seductive French flick based on Joanne Harris’s novel and you’ll become a believer. Juliette Binoche plays Vianne Rocher, a young mother who opens a petite chocolate shop in a sleepy, repressed French village. Watch as the story and truffle wrappers unfold and decadence ensues. Bonus delight: A yummy Johnny Depp in his prime plays Binoche’s love interest. Oh là là!
Kate Armstrong, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, suddenly finds herself responsible for her nine-year-old niece after her sister dies in a tragic car accident. Our heroine is forced to balance motherhood with her demanding work as head chef for a trendy Manhattan restaurant. Enter newly hired sous chef Nick Palmer, played by Aaron Eckhart, and watch as things get spicy.
“Eat, Pray, Love”
Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love is a delicious feel-good dramedy. As the title suggests, a good third of the film, starring Julia Roberts as the memoir’s author, focuses on one of our favorite activities, eating. Prepare to be inspired to live your best life as you watch scenes of Roberts feasting on creamy gelato, cheesy pizza Napoletana and succulent Montepulciano wine as she gallivants around Rome.
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
Order in some spicy tuna rolls, pour a glass of unfiltered sake and get your chopsticks game on point. This mouthwatering documentary takes you on a culinary journey into the mind of Tokyo’s most esteemed sushi master, Jiro Ono. Viewing hazard warning: You may experience severe wanderlust and the uncontrollable urge to book a flight to Japan halfway through.
This adorable animated classic is certainly the only time you’ll enjoy watching rats in the kitchen. You’ll experience all the feels during this heartwarming tale of a young boy, fittingly named Linguini, and his gifted, career-saving sidekick rat, Remy. The kids will love this animated film, but chances are you’ll probably love it even more. Bon appétit!