I was preparing my boyfriend’s normal breakfast the other day and scraping a bit of butter onto his toast and then applying a liberal glob of mixed berry jam onto the buttered toast and had a thought! One of my most favorite ways to devour toast (because toast is not to be eaten delicately – but rather savagely) is butter and jam and I learned that way of eating from a movie – What A Girl Wants.
If you’ve ever seen the movie, Amanda Bynes meets up with her long, lost father and they find out they’re more alike than different. One scene is where they are sitting down for breakfast and they both butter and jam a slice of toast and fold the toast in half and take a hearty bite. Before seeing that movie – I never even thought of using BOTH butter and jam.
Movies are a love that is only second to my love of food and books. I can watch movies all day long. I love getting lost in a great story line. If there are any food scenes in any movie – I am immediately won over. I found a real, deep love of lemon meringue pie from the movie Toast, about the chef Nigel Slater’s early life. I remember desperately thinking that I MUST have milk and chocolate chip cookies after seeing Stranger Than Fiction when Maggie Gyllenhall demanded that Will Ferrel’s character dunk the small cookie into the milk and eat it.
The craving struck for Indian food was so strong after I watched Today’s Special. I actually was in so much need of Indian food that I whined about it for three days before I could get my hands on some. I also discovered a real need for complex, delicate, not-Hershey’s, fine chocolate after seeing Chocolat.
And HELLO, pancakes? Matilda? Who didn’t want to make pancakes after that tiny little genius made it for herself? Also – there was a whole lot of food in Julie and Julia but for some reason, the two dishes that stuck with me was the sole muniere that Julia Child ate in France and the bruschetta that Julie Powell made for her husband.Julie Powell’s husband chomped down on that slice of bruschetta like he had never seen food before in his life. It was a glorious display of greed.
Have you also seen Love Actually? When Hugh Grant makes a hilarious, borderline sexual joke about chocolate biscuits, I have never needed a chocolate-covered cookie so badly…and needed Hugh Grant to feed that biscuit to me. OH! And have you seen the movie Sideways? With Paul Giamatti? I remember watching that movie about the wine country in California for the first time in my freshmen year of college and immediately after, I went straight to the library and borrowed ten books on vineyards and wine tasting.
I don’t have cable anymore so I am not quite as exposed to food porn like I used to be but I have probably learned to eat and enjoy food most from movies and t.v. I am unapologetic and reverent for such imaginary characters. Food really is everywhere and everything to me.
Do you notice food scenes in movies like I do? I notice them so much more than other motifs, characters, and plot developments. What are your favorite movie scenes?
Like the title of this post denotes – that was just the short list of all my food movies. I’ll compose a longer list later. You’ll see that my madness is profound.