More Julie & Julia! We know, we've written about this movie more than once, and it hasn't even come out yet. But the Times has an interesting article about something that may play a bigger role than Meryl Streep: The Food.
Well, we had hoped to bring you a review of Julie & Julia today, as there was a screening last night in our town and we scored free tickets. Free tickets turned out to be a misnomer, though, as the studio and PR agency gave out far, far too many passes, and hundreds of people who showed up well ahead of the screening time were turned away at the door.
We have a hunch there were a lot more screenings across the country last night, though, and so we're curious. Did you see this first film about a food blogger, and if so, what did you think?
Do you enjoy Nora Maynard's weekly column on cocktails, Straight Up? And perhaps you enjoyed her previous column about cooking and classic film, The Celluloid Pantry. Well, if so, and if you live in New York City, then you should consider attending her seminar at Astor Center this Friday. It's all about classic sips from great films, good tips for making cocktails at home, and a few good drinks to try right there. Check it out!
The Oscars are this Sunday, and later on we'll be bringing you recipe ideas that celebrate some of the nominated films. But first, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the year's most memorable food moments in film.
Got your popcorn ready? We're diving right in with a quirky family drama that comes to a head when an uninvited guest shows up at Christmas dinner.
It's fitting that Barcelona is mentioned in the title of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" – the art, architecture, music, food and wine of the city play as much of a role in the movie as Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson). It is a Woody Allen film after all, so the characters spend a great deal of time analyzing their relationships, and they do so while sipping Spanish wine and nibbling on tapas.
One dish that caught our eye in a couple of scenes is a favorite: pan con tomate.
Last fall, when the documentary King Corn was showing in a NYC theater, we really meant to go see it. Really, we did. But it was only there for 2 weeks, and it closed before we got there. That's why we were so happy to see it will be on TV this weekend. New Yorkers will have an additional chance to see it for free, along with several other intriguing films at the Food Film Fest.
If you don't already know King Corn, it's the story of two urban friends who move to Iowa and grow an acre of corn, trying to understand this subsidized crop that pervades our entire food supply. It's supposed to be terrifically funny and insightful.
Are your favorite shows on hiatus due to the writer's strike? Do you need a little extra help to fill those dark, cold January primetime hours? We really recommend Shirley Corriher.
Some of you know Shirley Corriher as a guest on Alton Brown's Good Eats - she is a food science genius and a very good cook with a warm, enthusiastically friendly approach. Her book CookWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking was winner of a James Beard Foundation award and it's an incredibly helpful exploration of scientific insights and their application to traditional cooking.
This DVD, Kitchen Secrets Revealed ($29.95, Amazon) is a collection of some of Shirley's most helpful tips. It covers dairy, eggs, fruits and vegetables, cookies, poultry, shellfish and much more. Some of our favorites are below...
It's been a fun food-and-film-filled run for us here at The Celluloid Pantry. During our two years at The Kitchn, we've covered dozens of dinners, drinks, desserts, and culinary triumphs--and disasters--in nearly 100 movies "not typically known as food movies." We've reported on gangsters and garlic, socialites and lobster, astronauts and drink-boxes, French dumpster-divers and cheese, and secret agents and bouillabaisse, to name just a few.
Today we're wrapping things up with a roundup of our own personal Top 10 favorite (and, of course, totally subjective) food-in-film moments: