The long anticipated movie Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, opens today and whatever the reviews, it’s sure to be filled with beautiful food. Based on the book Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, it follows the cooking adventures of a young woman who, in an attempt to bring some focus to her life, decides to make every recipe in Julia Child’s iconic Mastering the Art of French Cooking – in one year and all in her tiny kitchen.
This isn’t the first time food has been the centerpiece of a film. Take a look at these entries for more mouthwatering fun:
Big Night – An Italian restaurant on the brink of closing pulls out all the stops in one last attempt to keep the kitchen running.
Babette’s Feast - An unexpected windfall allows Babette to create a once-in-a-lifetime banquet for her longtime benefactors, a pious religious group that deny earthly pleasure.
Chocolat – When a mysterious single mother moves into a small French village and opens a chocolate shop, magic and controversy soon follow.
Sideways – Two best friends spend a week touring the California wine country, discovering passion, exploring their failures and searching for the perfect wine.
Like Water for Chocolate – In this romantic fantasy a couple is denied the chance to marry. To be near her, the young man marries her sister and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking.