Set in 1960s Mississippi, the movie adaptation of the best-selling novel The Help looks at the complex relationships between African-American housekeepers and the white women they work for. Food plays a role in the story, but instead of turning to the usual caterers and food stylists for help, the director chose to use real Southern cooks, not professionals, to make nearly all the onscreen food.
Planning on staying in and watching a movie this weekend? We love the convenience of Netflix Instant, but are consistently underwhelmed by its organization, so we decided to take matters into our own hands. Here's our list of ten great food-related movies and TV shows available to watch instantly:
It's that time of year again, when some people class it up with elegant Academy Award-worthy party food—and others of us make pasta that looks like Mickey Rourke's hair. We've got both tasteful dishes and ridiculous puns for all Best Picture nominees below. The Academy helped us out this year! There's a movie with gritin the title!
See that lovely picture of Hachiya persimmons above? That was going to be my lead-in photo to a Thanksgiving Persimmon Chutney recipe scheduled for today. I labored late into the evening last night as each step of the recipe was painstakingly chopped, measured, noted and photographed until the final simmer when … disaster. Instead of a cohesive mass of sweet/sour/hot chutney, I had a large glop of strangely separated and astringent goo. Gah! At least it wasn't the turkey.
Read on for a favorite video clip Thanksgiving dinner gone awry, and tell us: What are your tales of Thanksgiving disasters and disasters averted? Share with us in the comments!
It's Thanksgiving, yes, but there's one other large event that our family is totally into. It doesn't have a thing to do with turkeys or mashed potatoes, but it captivates our hearts just the same. I'm talking of course about Harry Potter opening weekend and that my friends, starts today!
It's an old cliché that we often don't know what we have until it's gone. Sad but true. Jessica Theroux's beautiful, simple video that documents an Italian farm woman preparing a meal is a poignant example of this. There are very few people left who live like her subject, Carluccia. People who know what greens to forage in the orchards or how to cook beans over a fire, how to raise a cow or slaughter a pig, or roll fresh pasta by hand. Come spend a few minutes in her world.
After several seasons of "Top Chef" and its spin-offs, it is easy to forget that there is a long tradition in France of real-life cooking competitions, grueling kitchen marathons that chefs spend years preparing for. “Kings of Pastry” is a new documentary which follows chefs competing in the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, a tournament of perfect pastry and serious skills, blissfully free of any mention of the Glad family of products.
"Do you know what I'd like to do, Wall? I'd like to drink a glass of wine in the country where the grape was grown. Sitting by the sea, just sipping wine and watching the sun go down." — Shirley Valentine
Sometimes we long to visit a favorite corner of the globe but for various reasons (time, commitments, economy) we just can't get away. One way I appease my hunger for both travel and food is to cook up a meal based on the country or region I'm pining for and then afterwards screen a film that most expresses my yearning for that place. Read on for my list of cuisines and films, and please add your favorites to it!