“I hate food.”
— No one, ever.
Food connects us all! If there’s one thing every single person has in common, it’s that we all eat. It’s a basic necessity to survive, but let’s face it: Eating is just really, really fun. It’s so fun that foodies have taken to the interwebs to share their dishes in a storm of what most of us affectionately refer to as “food porn.” Yes — not only do we eat for fun, but we look at pictures of food we’d like to eat… for fun. I’m not saying I go on Instagram to drool over pictures of food… but I totally go on Instagram to drool over pictures of food.
If you really want to take your love of food to the next level (sign me up!), there are a bunch of delicious movies you’ll want to see.
Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep leads the way in this film, which means it’s awesome by default. The story of famous chef Julia Child is intertwined with that of blogger Julie Powell, who’s on a mission to cook every single recipe from Child’s first book. Prepare to be hungry the entire movie.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
“The strawberries taste like strawberries, and the snozzberries taste like snozzberries!” I get tooth decay just watching Willy Wonka, but any film where you can lick the wallpaper is A-OK by me. The movie got a stellar remake, but nothing beats the original — the first movie that made all kids want to live in a land where everything is edible. This was a childhood classic, albeit a somewhat creepy one.
Whoever said rats can’t cook clearly hasn’t seen this movie. (And you’re never too old for animated films.) A tiny rat named Remy wants to be a French chef, but… he’s a rat. He ends up in the sewage system of Paris, directly beneath the restaurant of his favorite chef: Auguste Gusteau. Chaos ensues when Remy starts to turn the culinary scene of Paris upside down. Not bad for a rodent.
This movie is a must-see, because chocolate. A single mother and her daughter move to France and open a chocolate shop. While the town is skeptical at first, the duo eventually wins them over with their delectable treats. Now I’m craving chocolate.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Here’s another animated film you don’t want to miss. Scientist Flint Lockwood isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, but he does invent a machine that turns water into food — perfect timing, considering the town’s economic crisis. Something goes awry, though; and when Flint’s invention ends up turning rain into food, things don’t quite go according to plan. It seems too good to be true… and it is.
When acclaimed chef Carl Casper loses his job and walks away with a shattered career, he goes in a different direction and starts cooking from an old food truck instead. He once again realizes why he was so passionate about cooking in the first place, serving up delicious food and reconnecting with his family at the same time.